Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor: A Story for Hanukkah

Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor: A Story for Hanukkah

By Ann D. Koffsky

Illustrated by Talitha Shipman

ISBN: 978-1-68115-522-7

Hardcover, 32pp, $17.95

Being the best and the bravest wasn't only an outside, shiny-shield thing. It was an on-the-inside thing too. And that's what he had to show Hannah.

More than anything, Judah wants to be a good big brother to his baby sister, Hannah. He even uses his new Maccabee shield to protect her from danger!

On the last day of Hanukkah, during a visit to the doctor, Judah refuses to have his shot. Surely, his shield can protect him from germs, too!


View the exciting trailer for Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor created by author Ann D. Koffsky below!

Reviews for Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor

"Here’s an unusual twofer: a Hanukkah book that advocates for vaccinations. Brisk text and schoolroom-cheery illustrations introduce a boy named Judah, who’s trying his best to be a hero to his baby sister, Hannah (he tries sharing his “Choco-monster-delight cereal,” which she joyfully returns in a projectile spit). Just when he thinks he has the big brother role cinched, thanks to a toy Maccabee shield he receives for Hanukkah, Judah discovers that it’s time for his vaccinations—and in the presence of a watchful Hannah, he balks. Koffsky and Shipman take a while to get to the heart of their message, but when they do, it’s perfectly pitched for their audience: being vaccinated, Dad explains, is just one more way we protect the people we love. “Being the best and the bravest wasn’t only an outside, shiny-shield thing,” Judah realizes. “It was an on-the-inside thing, too.” 
Publishers Weekly

"The soft-edged, bright, and cheery paintings depict a contemporary family joyously celebrating Hanukkah with candles, latkes, dreidels, and presents—but also in their every-day lives. It’s refreshing to see Dad taking the children to the pediatrician and the doctor portrayed as a woman of color. Additional information about the Maccabees is appended along with information on the benefits of vaccinations. While the connection to Hanukkah is slight, the story can be enjoyed year-round to help young readers gain some courage before their shots. It can also be used to discuss Pirkei Avot 4:1: “Who is a hero, a gibor? The one who conquers his own fears.”
Jewish Book Council

"A visually appealing book that uses the character of Judah Maccabee to raise awareness about the importance of vaccines for children."
School Library Journal

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