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Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama Hardcover – September 11, 2012

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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

About the Author

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.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375860932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375860935
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael on January 4, 2013
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We read the review of this book in the New York Times Book Review in December 2012. As we are a family that celebrates both Christmas and Hannkkah each December -- my wife is Jewish, I am Catholic and we are raising our children in the Jewish faith, but acknowledging that Daddy and his family celebrate Christmas and Easter. So it is a balancing act. The book is entertaining, but I felt that it really waters down the real meaning of both the holidays by trying too hard of combining customs and traditions of these two unique holiday events and i think really confuses children. Leaving out latkas for Santa and placing gelt under the Christmas tree is not something we plan to do for our family.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RLCT on February 9, 2013
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My little one just experienced his first holiday season. I wanted a gift that could last him for years and years and make him understand how special and lucky he is to be able to celebrate twice as many holidays. I think we hit the bullseye with this. It's full of clever prose and gives equal attention to Hanukkah as well as Christmas and integrates the two in so many positive ways. It actually gave me some great ideas for traditions I'd like to start as he gets older.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MOM OF 4 on November 20, 2013
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I like that the main characters are half Jewish and half Christian.. I especially liked the picture at the end of the story that shows a picture of the authors family, a white Jewish momma, a black Christian daddy and two beautiful mixed kids!
Mazel Tov on a great book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol W. Fritz on April 17, 2013
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What a wonderful gift this turned out to be for my little granddaughter whose Mommy celebrates Hanukkah and whose Daddy
(my son) celebrates Christmas. And, granddaughter Violet, celebrates both!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 2boys+a girl on December 14, 2013
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Great book! Celebrating both Hanukkah and Christmas, my kids absolutely loved reading this book. The beautiful illustrations definitely kept their interest along with the great story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dolores on January 7, 2014
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If you have a mixed-religion family, this is a must buy. It's a charming story with cute pictures and kids from a mixed background will definitely relate. My 6-year-old loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By photographerap on August 5, 2013
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Excellent book for families celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah - incorporates many traditions without being overly religious. Highly recommended! Colorful pics too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Sandford on February 9, 2013
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I recommend this for kids ages 5 to 7 who are beginning to understand holidays. It looks at the celebration of a family whose holidays incorporate different traditions. It is colorfully, adorably and wonderfully illustrated, and includes a yummy recipe for Cranberry Kugel.
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