The Eighth Menorah

Hanukkah is a few weeks away, and Sam can’t wait to celebrate with his family, especially his grandma. At Sunday school, everyone in his class is busy making clay menorahs to give as Hanukkah gifts! Sam likes how his menorah is turning out, but he’s worried—his family already has seven menorahs! Will they want another one? His teacher reassures him that his parents will love it, but Sam is determined to solve this problem on his own and find the perfect home for his menorah. Sam’s dilemma in this sweet and simple Hanukkah story is one that rings true for kids and their families.

  • 32 Pages
  • 8" x 10"
  • 9780807518922
  • September 2013

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  • May 2015

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  • This evenly paced story explores a common dilemma in Jewish families—that of multiple menorahs—and gives a little boy the opportunity to do some independent problem-solving…Sam and his Grammy are a simpatico pair, one readers of all ages will be able to relate to.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • Brightly colored and emphatic pictures by Hughes bring this charming Hanukkah story to life.

    - Publishers Weekly

  • This heartwarming story features an anxious little boy that kids will easily relate to, along with a loving family.

    - Booklist

  • The cheerful cartoon illustrations complement the easygoing story.

    - School Library Journal

  • This book ties in well with sharing, problem-solving, and caring for others. The underlying theme and message make this book appropriate for any group of students.

    - Library Media Connection


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  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 3.20