Nathan's Hanukkah Bargain

Nathan's Hanukkah Bargain

By Jacqueline Dembar Greene; Judith Hierstein (Illustrator)

Pelican Publishing Company, Hardcover, 9781589804548, 32pp.

Publication Date: July 22, 2008


"Nathan is the kind of young fictional Jewish character that provides a role model for children."-Jewish World

"Hierstein's realistic gouache paintings of a snowy urban outing bring a vivid authenticity to this intergenerational story of traditional values, respect and understanding."--Kirkus Reviews

It's time for Hanukkah, and Nathan and his grandfather decide to visit the city. There are many shops with new toys and mouth-watering candy, but Nathan has saved his money all year for one thing-his very own menorah.

With his grandfather in tow, he goes to many Jewish stores, but no one has that perfect menorah. All of the ones in the stores are either too flashy or too expensive. One fits in his palm and holds birthday candles. Another has mosaic tiles and is shaped like the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Just when Nathan is about to go home, his grandfather comes to the rescue and tells Nathan about the timeless tradition of bargaining. At first, Nathan doesn't see how this might help, but then walking home, he spots a tarnished menorah in the basement window of a junk shop. Before long, he has struck a deal with the shopkeeper and finally owns his perfect menorah.

About the Author
Jacqueline Dembar Greene is the award-winning author of some 20 books and
short stories for young readers. She has written picture books, historical
novels, and non-fiction books. She is also a photographer, and some of her
photos illustrate her non-fiction stories and books.

A former elementary school teacher, Judith Hierstein now teaches high school graphic and media arts. She has illustrated several children's books for Pelican including the Toby Belfer Series and The American Revolution A to Z, Nathan's Hanukkah Bargain, Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House, and The Pilgrims' Thanksgiving from A to Z. She lives in Tuscon, Arizona.