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Stone Lamp

Stone Lamp

by Karen Hesse Illustrated by Brian Pinkney

The story of Hanukkah is the story of triumph of light over darkness, of the small miracles that give hope to an entire people. In a series of eight powerful and evocative free-verse poems, Newbery Award winner Karen Hesse captures this resilient spirit of the Jewish people over hardship and horror, through the voices of eight children at Hanukkah. The children — from Tamara in twelfth century England and Jeremie in thirteenth century France, to Harva in seventeenth century Turkey and Ori in twentieth century Israel — have all experienced loss. But they are united by love, family, and their cherished stone lamp.

The stone lamp provides each child with comfort and hope, for in its light the traditions of the Jewish people can never be extinguished.

9, 10, 11, 12
Interest Level
Grades 4 - 7
Hyperion Books for Children
Number of Pages
Poetry, Songs, Verse

About the Author and Illustrator

Contributor Image Alt Tag Karen Hesse Karen Hesse lives in Vermont with her husband and two teen-aged daughters. Her book Out of the Dust was awarded the Newbery Medal for 1998.
Brian Pinkney Acclaimed artist Brian Pinkney is the illustrator of several highly-praised picture books including The Faithful Friend, In the Time of the Drums, and Duke Ellington. He is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and holds a master's degree in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Andrea, with whom he often collaborates, and his two children.

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