The Parakeet Named Dreidel: A Picture Book

The Parakeet Named Dreidel: A Picture Book


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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 story—only 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374300944
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 09/08/2015
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 597,114
Product dimensions: 10.27(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile: AD900L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

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


Attended Tachkemoni Rabbinical Seminary in Warsaw, Poland, 1920-27

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