The Dreidel That Wouldn't Spin

The Dreidel that Wouldn't Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah - Martha Seif Simpson, Durga Yael Bernhard

My sister always had a fascination with dreidels when we were younger. We are not Jewish and we never actually saw one played with, but one day, when she was 10 and I was 14, she came across some at a little kiosk at the mall. A few days later, we went to the library and she looked at several books, trying to find out all she could about them. She's even asked for them for Christmas. When I came upon this book on NetGalley, I had to pick it up, just to see - and now I plan on buying her a copy of her own. :)


This is a beautiful story - filled with beautiful artwork - that is a great read for every one, no matter how old they are, and not just those who celebrate Hanukkah. The end made me smile through the tears that fell on my cheeks. The author's note and appendix at the end give some extra information as well as teach you how to play the game.


Note: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.