Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf

BOOKS Shmelf The Hanukkah Elf By Greg Wolfe Shmelf Is One Of Santa S Most Important Elves He S Part Of The List Checking Department, And He Makes Sure All The Good Boys And Girls Get Their Presents But When Shmelf Finds Out That Some Children Are Missing From Santa S List, He Goes To Investigate.What Shmelf Uncovers Is Hanukkah, A Wondrous And Joyful Holiday That Jewish Families Celebrate Each Year As Shmelf Observes A Family Lighting The Menorah, Playing Dreidel, And Hearing The Hanukkah Story, He Sees How Special The Traditions Of The Holiday Truly Are And He Wants To Be A Part Of It Luckily, Santa Just Might Have A Special Role In Mind For Shmelf.The Rich Traditions Of Hanukkah Come To Life In This Whimsical And Magical Story That S Perfect For The Holiday Season.Awards For I Need My Monster Alabama Camellia Award 2010 2011 Arizona Grand Canyon Reader Award 2011 California Young Readers Medal 2011 12 Georgia Picture Storybook Award 2011 12 Nevada Young Reader Award 2011 12 Virginia Reader S Choice Primary Award 2012 13Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf

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  • Hardcover
  • 32 pages
  • Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf
  • Greg Wolfe
  • 21 May 2018
  • 9781619635210

10 thoughts on “Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf

  1. says:

    I CAN T EVEN GIVE THIS BOOK 1 STAR In my 19 years as a librarian, reading and reviewing children s books, Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf might be the most insensitive, inappropriate, disrespectful and offensive picture book I ve ever seen Here are my specific objections to this book 1 The Jewish family is depicted as enjoying a lovely Hanukkah celebration everyone is happy, there are plenty of presents, latkes, dreidels and gelt, and the menorah is burning brightly But, Shmelf and Santa still feel that their celebration somehow isn t meaningful and special enough on its own and is in need of a dose of Christmas magic I find this patronizing and insulting.2 The philosophy that Jews can believe in Santa and Christmas magic and that Santa believes in them too is not an idea that is promoted in mainstream Judaism and is not a philosophy that a mainstream, secular publisher should be validating or promoting You will be hard pressed to find a rabbi or Jewish educator who encourages Jewish families to adapt and add Christian traditions and practices like leaving out a latke and pickle for one of Santa s elves to their Jewish holiday celebrations.3 The history of Hanukkah is anti assimilationist the Maccabees...

  2. says:

    A cute story for younger kids to older kids This is a fun holiday tale for Jewish kids One of Santa s elfs was checking the Good and Naughty list and found that many good children were on the good list and still not getting toys from Santa Shmelf found out that Santa does visit Jewish children as their parents provide for them Shmelf had to go see for himself and feel in love with the tradition Santa makes the elf the official Jewish Elf with a reindeer named Asher and his own blue sled He wears Blue and white He visits homes during Hanukkah bringing luck and holiday cheer.The artwork is lovely and there is plenty of magic in the story I think this is a fun idea for a story I don t know if it will catch on It s a nice way to understand different people and maybe it can build some bridges for children with their religion.The kids go to Montessori school and so they learn about many other religions and this is nothing new for them Th...

  3. says:

    As an adult I can find Christmas Hanukkah mashups like this amusing I think this story would make a great SNL sketch, along the lines of Hanukkah Harry But that s because I have the background knowledge to understand why combining these holidays is silly The target audience for this book does not have that understanding.Some suggest that because it s a lighthearted children s book that the message doesn t matter I believe the message matters much in a children s book, and this book s message is, as Rachel K stated, Your holiday is not good enough Hanukkah needs to be like Christmas Children are learning how the world works, and this book tells them that it works by assimilation and emulation of the dominant culture.Some protest that Santa Claus is not a religious figure That does not matter, he is still a symbol of Christmas and by association of Christianity Embracing such symbols is not a Jewish thing to do.To Ch...

  4. says:

    In looking through the GR reviews, I was surprised so many people found only the negative in this book Personally, I thought Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf addressed a real concern Does Santa ignore Jewish children, good or bad I love that the Jewish families were depicted as happy before Shmelf came into their lives, but that the elf s presence brought even joy The most important part was that yes, Santa sees all children ...

  5. says:

    What a fun book Shelf the Hanukkah Elf made me laugh out loud several times with its clever word play, and I always love a good rhyme The illustrations are both humorous and beautiful I especially like the simple but clear explanation of why Hanukkah is celebrated A great addition to my holi...

  6. says:

    As a Jew, I am sensitive about holiday books There are several themes common in holiday books that I find make me feel very much an outsider They include books about the magic of Christmas nothing to make you feel lower than vaunting a holiday you don t or can t participate in books that attempt to showcase Christmas and the other holidays understanding is that Christmas has central religious and spiritual significance in most Christians lives, whereas Hanukkah might not break the top 5 of significant, interesting or momentous Jewish holidays I m counting Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover, Shavuot, and Tish B Av as way important than Hannukah and us too books like this one, shows Santa giving Shmelf an opportunity to visit Jewish families I don t know why a pagan Christian symbolic figure has to be the one in this story to organize gifts for Jewish children It emphasizes that Christian is normal and default while Jews are unusual or somehow lacking in their lack ...

  7. says:

    We celebrate Christmas, but my six year old wanted to learn about Hannukah, so I picked up all the books I could get my hands on As I read it to her the other night I grew uneasy and then downright angry.The overall message to children is that Hannukah isn t good enough, that Santa needs to step in and have an elf liven up the holiday It is patronizing and condescending Even my six year old knew that this book was garbage Asking questions about why Hannukah needed Santa s help It doesn t.I can t remember a time I read a children s book that made me this uncomfortable and angry.If you are looking for stories of Hanukah and you celebrate Christmas, there are so many good books to chose from One that mixes both holidays is Daddy Christmas Hanukkah ...

  8. says:

    This was a great tool to explain to my 5 and three year old what Hanukkah was It was their first introduction into religion This book was an amazing teaching tool and I would recommend it to anyone Cute, simple great illustrations, and just really well thought out.

  9. says:

    Such a fun book Illustrations are great, storyline is precious, and would expose unfamiliar students to Hanukkah

  10. says:

    Summary Shmelf, an elf in Santa s workshop, becomes concerned for the good children who don t get presents from Santa because they re Jewish Review Boo to this book A few of my least favorite elements 1 Let s not confuse religious holidays Hanukkah and Christmas are both beautiful holidays in their own ways 2 Let s not pretend that all holiday traditions can be equivocated Yes, both of these holidays traditionally have gifts, but for different reasons 3 Since this book equated Christmas and Hanukkah together, why not equivocate how people who celebrate them Not all Christians get gifts from Santa, to get them from baby Jesus or the 3 Wise Men are also worldwide traditions Anyways, this book really annoyed me, and I wouldn t recommend it at all I almost gave it one sta...

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