Why Dr. Seuss didn't write a Chanukah book, we'll never know. But there are plenty of tales to fill the void. I Have A Little Dreidel (Scholastic), written by Maxie Baum and illustrated by Julie Paschkis, expands the beloved dreidel song to describe a modern family's celebration of Chanukah. Rhyming, singsong verses explain making latkes, lighting the menorah and playing the dreidel game. The Story Of Hanukkah (Holiday House), written by David A. Adler and illustrated by Jill Weber, recounts the ancient tale of Greek oppression of the Jews and the war between the Maccabees and Antiochus IV for religious freedom. Hershel And The Hanukkah Goblins (Hobday House), by Eric Rimmel and Trina Schart Hy^. man, turns a hobo into the hero of a supernatural battle to save Chanukah. Grinch, schminch.For the first time in recent memory, there is no Apple product featured in the Gift Guide. That's not to say that the company hasn't produced gift- and drool-worthy items (I'm looking at you, Siri!), the fact is that nothing is setting the tech world on fire quite like the Fire. This fullcolor tablet from Amazon isn't as large or as feature-rich as the iPad2, but at half the cost, does it have to be? Judging by its bestseller status at virtually every store it's offered in, the answer is no. Also worth a look: the Nook from Barnes and Noble, another worthy Android-based iPad alternative. And to enjoy your music and movies in peace on your new tablet, the Vertex headphones from iFrogz will not only let you listen in virtually hi-def intensity, but the built-in microphone allows you to Skype anytime you want.
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