cover image Emanuel and the Hanukkah Rescue

Emanuel and the Hanukkah Rescue

Heidi Smith Hyde, illus. by Jamel Akib. Kar-Ben, $17.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7613-6627-0

In this beautifully illustrated and evocative tale set in the 18th century, Emanuel is a Jewish boy living in the whaling town of New Bedford, Mass. Emanuel’s father, a merchant near the sea who lived as a secret Jew in Portugal until he immigrated to America, still suffers from fear of religious persecution. Emanuel pleads with him to celebrate Hanukkah by placing the menorah lights on the window sill, but he resists. It is only when Emanuel takes matters into his own hands that his father realizes the true meaning of freedom and miracles. Akib’s chalk pastels set a somber yet hopeful mood perfectly, while the captivating storytelling will keep young readers glued. Ages 5–9. (Sept.)