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The Parakeet Named Dreidel



by
Isaac Bashevis Singer
illustrated by
Suzanne Raphael Berkson

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN
9780374300944

Awards and Honors
2016 Sydney Taylor Notable Book, Younger Readers
Children’s Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of 2016, Holidays
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JLG Category

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On the eighth day of Hanukkah, a parakeet appears at David's family's window. What is it doing out on such a cold and snowy night? And how does it know Yiddish? Full-color illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

10" x 8"

Dewey

E

AR

4.6: points 0.5

Lexile

AD900L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

2

JLG Release

Nov 2015

Book Genres


Topics

Parakeets. Hanukkah. Jews. Brooklyn, New York. Family life.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

In this picture book version of a story first published by Singer as part of a collection, a father relates the story of the time, 10 years ago, that his young son David rescued a parakeet that appeared on their snowy windowsill on the last evening of Hanukkah. Dreidel, as the family named him, is a friendly, tame bird that even speaks a bit of Yiddish (“Zeldele, go to sleep”); the family is overjoyed when no one answers any of their notices advertising a lost bird. Ten years go by, with Dreidel a beloved family member, and then David goes off to college—where he tells the story of Dreidel at a party and a young woman exclaims, “I am this Zeldele!” David and Zelda get married and Dreidel the matchmaker goes off to live with them. VERDICT Friendly cartoon watercolor illustrations and the father’s warm, understated narration make this a wonderful choice for a family lapsit and a read-aloud over the holiday season or anytime.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library

Horn Book

In this short story (from The Power of Light: Eight Stories for Hanukkah, rev. 2/81) repackaged as a picture book, a mysterious Yiddish-speaking parakeet flies to a Jewish family’s window on Hanukkah and promptly earns the name Dreidel. Though the narrator is an adult—with an unusually mature voice for a picture book—the art emphasizes his son David, who is a child for most of the story (and, when he’s older, benefits from Dreidel’s matchmaking skills). This feels likea story a reminiscent zayde might share. Lots of golden light in the cheerful, looselined illustrations creates a sense of Hanukkah’s warmth. shoshana flax

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

In this picture book version of a story first published by Singer as part of a collection, a father relates the story of the time, 10 years ago, that his young son David rescued a parakeet that appeared on their snowy windowsill on the last evening of Hanukkah. Dreidel, as the family named him, is a friendly, tame bird that even speaks a bit of Yiddish (“Zeldele, go to sleep”); the family is overjoyed when no one answers any of their notices advertising a lost bird. Ten years go by, with Dreidel a beloved family member, and then David goes off to college—where he tells the story of Dreidel at a party and a young woman exclaims, “I am this Zeldele!” David and Zelda get married and Dreidel the matchmaker goes off to live with them. VERDICT Friendly cartoon watercolor illustrations and the father’s warm, understated narration make this a wonderful choice for a family lapsit and a read-aloud over the holiday season or anytime.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library

Horn Book

In this short story (from The Power of Light: Eight Stories for Hanukkah, rev. 2/81) repackaged as a picture book, a mysterious Yiddish-speaking parakeet flies to a Jewish family’s window on Hanukkah and promptly earns the name Dreidel. Though the narrator is an adult—with an unusually mature voice for a picture book—the art emphasizes his son David, who is a child for most of the story (and, when he’s older, benefits from Dreidel’s matchmaking skills). This feels likea story a reminiscent zayde might share. Lots of golden light in the cheerful, looselined illustrations creates a sense of Hanukkah’s warmth. shoshana flax

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