The Parakeet Named Dreidel (Hardcover)

A Picture Book

By Isaac Bashevis Singer, Suzanne Raphael Berkson (Illustrator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374300944, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 8, 2015

List Price: 17.99*
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Description

When young David and Mama and Papa are celebrating Hanukkah one frosty winter evening in Brooklyn, Papa sees a parakeet sitting on the window ledge. He lets the parakeet in and everyone is delighted to find that it speaks Yiddish. They name it Dreidel and it becomes part of their family. Many years later, when David is in college, he is at a party one night and tells Dreidel's story—only to discover that Zelda, a young woman at the party, owned the bird herself as a child. Papa and Mama are worried that they will have to give their beloved pet back, but then David and Zelda decide to get married after college, and everyone agrees that they should take Dreidel with them as they start their own family.


About the Author

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-91) was the author of many novels, stories, and children's books. His books include The Slave and Gimpel the Fool and Other Stories. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.

Suzanne Raphael Berkson lives in Chicago, Illinois. She is a retired teacher and a greeting card artist. She once had tea across the room from Isaac Bashevis Singer. The Parakeet Named Dreidel is her picture book debut.