When Grandpa was a boy growing up in Europe, he celebrated Hanukkah in much the way children do today. He sang songs, played dreidel, and ate potato pancakes. Yet Hanukkah was very different.Â His family could not share the joy of Hanukkah with the world. They were forced to observe the holiday behind locked doors and drawn curtains. In those days, a man came with soldiers to persecute theÂ Jews–just as a foreign king had done centuries earlier in Jerusalem. Sheldon Oberman’s beautiful story explores the meaning of Hanukkah in a way that enlightens and inspires. Neil Waldman’s radiant illustrations capture the message of joy and courage that is the Festival of Lights.