When young David and Mama and Papa are celebrating Hanukkah one frosty winter evening in Brooklyn, Papa sees a parakeet sitting on the window ledge. He lets the parakeet in and everyone is delighted to find that it speaks Yiddish. They name it Dreidel and it becomes part of their family. Many years later, when David is in college, he is at a party one night and tells Dreidel's storyonly to discover that Zelda, a young woman at the party, owned the bird herself as a child. Papa and Mama are worried that they will have to give their beloved pet back, but then David and Zelda decide to get married after college, and everyone agrees that they should take Dreidel with them as they start their own family.
About the Author
Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-91) was the author of many distinguished books for children and adults, including A Day of Pleasure, winner of the National Book Award and a Newbery Honor. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.
Suzanne Raphael Berkson lives in Chicago, Illinois. She is a retired teacher and a greeting card artist. She once had tea across the room from Isaac Bashevis Singer. The Parakeet Named Dreidel is her picture book debut.
Date of Birth:July 14, 1904
Date of Death:July 24, 1991
Place of Birth:Radzymin, Poland
Place of Death:Surfside, Florida
Education:Attended Tachkemoni Rabbinical Seminary in Warsaw, Poland, 1920-27