ESTHER’S GRAGGER by Martha Seif Simpson , Durga Yael Bernhard


A Jewish vacation celebration takes
on up to date relevance.

On Purim Jews learn the Megillah, the
story of Esther, which recounts how she saved the Jews of Persia from the evil
Haman. Every time Haman’s identify is talked about, graggers, or noisemakers, are
rotated by hand in order that their noise drowns out his identify. On this story, a
shopkeeper has organized a show of the graggers, and a boy is sort of able to
buy one for his sister, additionally named Esther. He simply wants extra money. Then
one other boy enters the store and rudely calls for the very gragger the protagonist
(whom readers finally study is known as Ben) has chosen. The shopkeeper units it apart for the primary lad, although. As Ben and Esther, each wearing costumes for a
Purim parade, depart the shop they’re accosted by the bully. Quickly, Esther, joined by the shopkeeper and passers-by, enters into the spirit of the vacation, they usually all spin their noisemakers, creating a lot “racket” and “commotion” that the
bully runs off. The shopkeeper makes use of the event to ship a message: particularly “we
mustn’t ever be afraid to take a stand towards cruelty.” It’s actually a
well timed lesson, albeit delivered purposefully and at considerably better size
than a typical image guide. Colourful illustrations are set in an indeterminate
time and place with a largely Jewish, light-skinned solid.
4 pages of backmatter provide additional data on Purim, its observance,
and graggers in addition to directions on the best way to make do-it-yourself noisemakers.

Satisfyingly and appropriately,
neighborhood spirit defeats a bully. (Image guide. 5-Eight)


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