Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles

Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles Jacob loves his autistic brother Nathan but when Hanukkah comes Jacob worries that Nathan might embarrass him in front of his new friend What if Nathan blows out the Hanukkah candles

  • Title: Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles
  • Author: Tami Lehman-Wilzig Nicole Katzman Jeremy Tugeau
  • ISBN: 9780761366577
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Jacob loves his autistic brother, Nathan, but when Hanukkah comes, Jacob worries that Nathan might embarrass him in front of his new friend What if Nathan blows out the Hanukkah candles

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    1. This book is co-written by an Israeli author who dedicates the book to her son Nathan, who does in fact have autism and who did actually blow out the family’s Hanukkah candles. It’s also to Nicole (who’s a co-writer) and I've been told also has an autistic child. I think I liked this story as much as I did because I knew its basis in fact. If it had been entirely fictional I don’t think I’d have been as engaged. I love what she says on the dedication page: “Judaism teaches acceptance [...]

    2. I found this book interesting because it was combining a holiday, Hanukkah and Autism together in one book. The main character Nathan, is one of the co-authors, Nicole Katzman's real son, who is autistic. From the title page it was easy for me to identify who Nathan was. Many of the illustrations have Nathan isolated from the rest of the family. However, I like how Nathan was not drawn differently just because he is autistic. Although Nathan is the focus of the story, he did not have much dialog [...]

    3. This book was interesting as it described a little boy named Nathan and his brother Jacob and the brother Jacob wanted to pray for a miracle that his brother Nathan would stop repeating himself. The brother gets upset when Nathan blows out the Hanukkah candles, but he starts to realize that his brother is different and so some of his behaviors are sometimes unexpected. I did like how the brother stood up for Nathan and told his friend to stop making fun of him and that his brother thinks differe [...]

    4. Elementary school counselor here looking for a book that could help me introduce autism to second graders. My coworker (who is Jewish), lent this to me, and while I think that it does indeed help introduce it, I would only use it as a start. I appreciate that it also explains what Hanukkah is!

    5. I enjoyed reading about this holiday through a real story about an autistic child. It contains the facts throughout a story which doesn't make it so obvious that you're even learning. It's a good way to help children learn about autism and that some people are different and that it's okay. I liked the patience it showed from the parents and learning the names of things about the holiday. The illustrations also had a realistic view to them. It also shows the story from different perspectives whic [...]

    6. Pretty good. It's nice to have a book that combines a non-Christian holiday with an important lesson about tolerance and patience for people with autism. Very abrupt, though understandable given the audience. I would have liked to see a brief nod to *why* we don't blow out the Hanukkah candles, though. Otherwise some readers might not understand why it's a big deal (I didn't know any different a few months ago, after all). Also, maybe a mention of whether Nathan has blown out the candles in prev [...]

    7. Nathan Blows Out the Candles is based on the coauthors son who she describes as "a highly functioning autistic child" who really did blow out the Hanukkah candles. Nathans brother is worried his brother will embarrass him but ultimately shows both love and understanding. The book introduces the reader to the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah and it's beginnings as well as autism. This is done in a lighthearted way that should appeal to young readers while imparting the intended message of tolerance and [...]

    8. Nathan has autism and his brother gets really annoyed by his constant repeating and the way he blows out the Hanukkah candles instead of letting them burn. But when a neighbor moves in and starts making fun of Nathan, brother finds himself standing up for Nathan.

    9. This is a great book for all ages of children. Not only does this book teach about Hanukkah is also shows what it is like to live with an autistic family member.

    10. How can they celebrate when he keeps blowing out the candles? Read this book and see how they celebrate his way!

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