The Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol
Arthur A. Levine & Kevin Hawkes
Candlewick, 2020 (2020)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
rthur A. Levine's holiday picture book (aimed at ages 5 to 8 and richly illustrated by Kevin Hawkes) opens: '
Nate Gadol was a great big spirit who had eyes as shiny as golden coins and a smile that was lantern-bright.
he Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol
continues to show how the spirit answered prayers by making '
things last as long as they needed to
' - from keeping a flower from fading, to making one small piece of chocolate enough for three children.
eaders see what Nate does for the immigrant Glaser family - and how much they share what little they have with others in need. One winter in 1881, things are very bad. Nate does what he can, but it's not quite enough to ensure a happy Hanukkah - till someone else steps in.
his beautifully illustrated story portrays how friends of all sorts can help each other make a better world.
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