A Holocaust survivor shares Hanukkah with a loving family that gives him the courage to remember.
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DAVID ADLER has written more than a hundred books, including Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man and Mama Played Baseball. He lives on Long Island, New York.From Booklist:
Ages 5^-8. Holocaust survivor Morris Kaplan spends his days tending his flower shop and trying to ignore his emotional emptiness. Two of his youngest customers, Jonathan and Ilana, visit every Friday to buy flowers for their family's Sabbath. He is surprised when the children arrive on a Tuesday, until they explain that this bouquet is for the first night of Hanukkah. After Mr. Kaplan admits that he no longer observes holiday traditions, the children invite him to join their family festivities the following evening. Although the celebration brings forth painful memories--including one of a single daffodil growing in the mud at Auschwitz--the experience helps Morris begin reconnecting with humanity. Bloom's rich acrylic paintings lend an appropriately thoughtful tone to the pensive text. The story is only marginally connected with Hanukkah, but it lends itself to sharing on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Pair with Feder's The Feather-Bed Journey for another perspective. Kay Weisman
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Book Description Voyager Books, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110152020942
Book Description Voyager Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0152020942 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0065365
Book Description Sandpiper, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0152020942