ESTHER’S GRAGGER
A TOYSHOP TALE OF PURIM
Martha Seif Simpson
Synopsis
Esther's brother wants to reward her for delivering charitable gifts on Purim, a Jewish holiday based on the story of Queen Esther. Ben buys the perfect gragger (whirling noisemaker) for her to use while leading the Purim parade. When another boy tries to take it from her, Esther displays the courage and wit of her namesake and finds a nonviolent way to stand up to the bully.

Backmatter includes information about Purim and instructions on how to make a noisemaker to celebrate the holiday. This is a companion book to The Dreidel That Wouldn't Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah.
About the Book
Author(s)
Martha Seif Simpson
Illustrator(s)
Durga Yael Bernhard
Publisher
Wisdom Tales Press
Release Date
Jan 7, 2019
ISBN
978-1-937786-75-5
Category
Picture Book
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From the Author
The Toyshop Tales books take place in an Eastern European village about 100 years ago. Each book centers on a toy sold for a Jewish holiday. After writing about a Hanukkah dreidel, the next obvious toy was a Purim gragger.

To me, the story of Purim has always been about a young woman standing up to a bully. The topic is just as relevant today. I hope that readers will cheer for my Esther as she bravely confronts a boy who tries to steal her gragger.

This story is not just for Jewish readers. All children can identify with Esther and her brother.

Let the Purim spiel begin!