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A NEW Hanukkah Story- Little Hammer, the Nubian Ibex

This week at Sparkle we are excited to honor and celebrate the "Festival of Lights" with this NEW Hanukkah story.

This story is inspired by the original Hanukkah story of the Maccabees - using Israeli animals (the Nubian Ibex and Arabian leopard) as the characters. We hope the story can lead to a conversation about the history and meaning of Hanukkah, and give children insight into the miracle that inspired this festival of lights.


"Little Hammer slept deeply and had a wonderful dream about a sun that shimmered with healing light – light that nourished all – and a light that never went out."


Little Hammer, a young mountain goat, and his mother and aunts and grandparents live at the top of a dry, craggy mountain in Israel while his father and uncles work to push group of leopards out of the valley they call home. When a messenger comes and says they must delay their descent into the valley, they understand - but wonder: what will they eat? A patch of grass is discovered and it is just enough to feed the herd for one night, but what about the next day? Miraculously, the following morning they discover that the patch has not only returned ... but grown.

This story is from the By Thistle By Thimble Series.

Download Little Hammer, the Nubian Ibex HERE

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Little Hammer - Hanukkah Story

About the Author

David Sewell McCann
Story Spinner

David Sewell McCann fell in love with spinning stories in first grade – the day a storyteller came to his class and captured his mind and imagination. He has been engaged in storytelling all of his adult life through painting, film-making, teaching and performing. Out of his experience as a Waldorf elementary class teacher and parent, he has developed a four step method of intuitive storytelling, which he now shares through workshops and through this website.

About By Thistle By Thimble

Find magic in nooks and crooks, in baskets and burrows, and on seemingly ordinary back roads and side streets. Listen to the quiet whisperings of the heart. Attend to what nature teaches. Discover the secrets sung on the wind. This weekly series of original adventure tales will open your eyes to new places and characters from around the world and times gone by.