Sara sees an old man pick up a bruised apple from the discarded pile next to the local market. She wonders if he's hungry, as she eats her own breakfast. She wonders if he's lonely, as she shares Shabbat dinner with Mom and Grandma. As Hanukkah approaches, a season of light and hope, Sara discovers that tzedakah -- acts of charity -- can be as bright and colorful as a Hanukkah cookie with sprinkles.
A Note for Families at the end of this book provides context about the story and traditions of Hanukkah, and talks about the meaning of tzedakah, challenging readers to think about ways they can give tzedakah, too.
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"When young Sara sees an elderly man taking some free bruised fruit from outside a shop, her grandmother explains that he's probably poor and is willing to eat around the bad spots. This act leads seamlessly into a story that focuses as much on acts of charity (tzedakah) as it does on the celebration of Hanukkah. Sara and her family begin to leave their own offerings where the man can find them, including a menorah, candles, and Hanukkah cookies with sprinkles. As they get to know him, he goes from being a poor stranger to a welcome member of their community, with his own gifts to share....Recommended for anyone looking to spark a discussion about helping those less fortunate, particularly during the holidays." — Teri Markson, School Library Journal
|Recommended Age||4 - 8|
|Author||David A. Adler|
|Publication Date||Aug 3, 2015|