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Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor: A Story for Hanukkah

Talitha Shipman

Nervous about a visit the doctor to receive a vaccination, Judah finds the courage to protect both himself and his infant sister.

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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!

Learn how a parent and preschool educator is using the book to explain vaccinations to her own children:

How a Veteran Teacher is Using a Storybook to Explain Vaccines--and the Value sof PRotecting Others--to Children

Try this complimentary lesson plan about vaccinations from Today's Hot Topics.

Read the JTA article about the controversy surrounding the book:

Judah Maccabee went to the doctor. Then the anti-vaxxers got very mad.

About the Author

Ann D. Koffsky is the author/or illustrator of more than thirty books for children, including Frogs in the Bed: My Passover Seder Activity Book and Kayla and Kugel's Passover (coming Spring 2016). She lives in West Hempstead, New York.

About the Illustrator

Talitha Shipman is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She has illustrated several picture books including Everyone Says Shalom, winner of the 2016 Sydney Taylor Award.