Festival of Lights: The Story of Hanukkah
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
The unforgettable story of the first Hanukkah.
Long ago in Jerusalem, the greedy king Antiochus IV ordered his soldiers to steal treasures from the Holy Temple. When the Jews tried to defend their temple, the furious king punished them harshly, and the Jews were forced to observe their faith in secret. But a brave man named Judah led his people, the Maccabees, against the king's armies. Victorious, the Jews restored the Holy Temple. They dedicated it once again to God in a joyous celebration -- the very first Hanukkah.
Here is a moving retelling of a timeless story. Young readers will also find the legend of the menorah, instructions for making a "dreidle," and the music for a traditional holiday song.