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At Sadie’s house, she has “a mix of two traditions,” and so begins the description of what life is like with Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama. Christmas trees and candles, angels and menorahs all come into play. Songs about dreidels and a silent night are sung. Ironically, it’s Daddy Christmas who knows how to make the latkes and kugel dressing for the turkey. Then the relatives come and everyone tells stories of their own traditions. The wonderful artwork has a definite Maira Kalman look and feel. Using bits of collage for everything from the tree branches to the steam coming from the latkes, the inventive pictures not only help spring the story from the occasionally unremarkable text but they also perfectly capture the love that everyone in this mixed household shares. Religion often leads to arguments more than affection, so this is a book that could (and perhaps should) provoke discussion. It will certainly be a boon for families that need a road map to help them navigate the holidays. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper
SELINA ALKO is the acclaimed author-illustrator of Every-Day Dress-Up, I'm Your Peanut Butter Big Brother, and B Is for Brooklyn. She is also the illustrator of the beloved My Subway Ride and My Taxi Ride. Selina lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two children.
A warm, cheerful story to introduce children of mix-faith parents to the joy and festivities of their hybrid holiday. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kindle Customer
Our children and now our grandchildren celebrate the "Two Big Ones": Hanukkah and Christmas. Their story is this story o happily mixed celebrations. Well done.Published on January 16, 2013 by Judy Schachter