Maccabee!: The Story of Hanukkah

Maccabee!: The Story of Hanukkah


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Judah and the little army of Maccabees fight to free Jerusalem from the cruel King Antiochus in this vibrant and action-filled rhyming version of the famous Hanukkah story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761345084
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2010
Series: Kar-Ben Hanukkah Series
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Tilda Balsley has written many books for Kar-Ben, bringing her stories to life with rhyme, rhythm, and humor. Tilda lives with her husband and their rescue Shih Tzu in Reidsville, North Carolina.

David Harrington attended and graduated from Art Center College of Design with a BFA in illustration, awarded with honors, in Pasadena, California. His art has been used in TV, film and video in addition to children's books. He lives in Laguna Hills, CA.

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The Story of Hanukkah

By Tilda Balsley, David Harrington

Kar-Ben Publishing

Copyright © 2010 Tilda Balsley
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-7613-6234-0


At Hanukkah we tell thisstory Of ancient faithfulness and glory, Of freedom lost and freedom won, By Jews who knew what must be done.

The Greeks had gods—yes, more than one— God of the Sea, God of the Sun, Throw in a Party God for fun.

King Antiochus ruled the land. "Bow down to them!" was his command. "And that's not all. I order you To dress and eat and act Greek, too." "No way," said every faithful Jew.

Sometimes it only takes a few, Who know what's right, and do it, too.

But Antiochus had great power. When they refused, his mood turned sour.

"Jerusalem!" He snarled and frowned. "We'll desecrate their holy ground. Put statue so four gods around. Stamp out the traitors where they're found."

Some Jews gave in and some Jews fled, The none Jew, Mattathias, said, "To your idols I won't pray. Your laws aren't mine. I won't obey." He drew his sword and got away.

Sometimes it only takes a few, Who know what's right, and do it, too.


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Maccabee!: The Story of Hanukkah 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used this book to teach my cousins and children I babysit about hanukkah. The pictures are well drawn and the story is not to graphic for young kids. I strongly recommend it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago