Reviews - What do customers think about The Animated Menorah: Travels on a Space Dreidel - Eight Stories for Hannukah (Animated Holydays)?
The kids love it Dec 13, 2009
This book has eight stories that you can read during the course of the holiday. My four and eight year old kids love it. In it Danny and his older sister Judy travel on a magic space dreidel into different periods of Jewish history. Each chapter is two or three pages long and only takes a few minutes to read. It lends itself to being a nice pre-bedtime activity.
As an adult there are aspects of the book I don't like, but that doesn't really matter since I'm not the target audience.
Having said that, I wish that the stories were written from the point of view of both the boy and the girl, rather than having the boy be the protagonist/narrator. The book is somewhat dated since it ends with the Soviet refuseniks as a contemporary situation. Since the whole book has been a trip through Jewish history, this isn't a fatal flaw as Soviet/Russian antisemitism was an important phenomenon.