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Light The Lights! A Story About Celebrating Hanukkah And Christmas
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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This is the first children's book I know that has a child celebrating both Hanukkah and Christmas. It is nice because it depicts it as normal for that family and doesn't drag by explaining the religious differences of the parents. Very respectful of many children's lives.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2010
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This book was ideal for those people who are from interfaith marriages. It show a child how the different holidays are celebrated by each parent and how they can share each celebration
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2009
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My daughter and her preschool class really enjoyed this book. It talks about what kinds of things families do together for the Hanukkah and Christmas holidays (without going into any underlying religion), and is both fun and touching.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2012
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My husband is Jewish and I'm Christian. A neighbor gave us this book one holiday season for our young daughter (about 2 at the time). We've read this book over and over and she absolutely loves it. She still does and she's 9. I've seen her pull this book from the shelf even during the non-holiday times. My son, who is now 5 also loves this book and requests it to be read before bed very often. It is not religious, nor does it teach about the meanings of the holidays. It merely depicts a little girl who celebrates both holidays and how her family celebrates (lighting the menorah, lighting the tree, latkes and singing, cookies and singing and spending time with family). I highly recommend it for those who are in an interfaith family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2012
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This book always gets multiple readings in our house during the holidays. While it does not teach the origins of Christmas or Chanukah, it does provide a good description of certain traditions of both holidays, and it is an opportunity for our girls to see themselves in the celebration of the traditions of Christmas and Chanukah depicted in the book. For interfaith families navigating cousins that aren't visited by Santa Claus or on the other side who fail to appreciate the glory of a latke it is nice to have a sweet little story about a family that has made traditions that all enjoy and celebrate - there is no "December Dilemma" in this family. I think a book that is more detailed about the origins of both holidays is probably best left to treat one religion or the other at a time - this isn't comparative religion for five year olds. I highly recommend this book for interfaith families, particularly for those who have elected to honor both traditions in some way or another.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2012
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I ordered this book for a 3 years old child in the interfaith family thinking that it will explain the two holidays - Christmas and Hannukah - to a child in an interesting form. It does tells about the 2 holidays but it is so boring that it's hard to get a child, whom normally you can read several books at a time, to get through the end of it. I thought it was a great thing to buy a book on this subject but unfortunately it's quite uninteresting even for a child.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2009
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I can't imagine a 5-8-yr-old liking this book much, but my 3 1/2-yr-old has LOVED this book for over a year, making me read it over and over and over again. It wouldn't have been my choice for so many repeated readings, but I'm as thrilled as she is to see the daily life of an urban child who celebrates Channuka and Christmas reflected in words and pictures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2014
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What a wonderful description of celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas. Easy for a preschooler to understand, full of light and love.
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on December 5, 2014
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This was a nice book to help children begin to understand about other holidays that their families may not celebrate. I wished, though, that it had explained a bit more about 'why' the holidays are celebrated. It starts with the little girl getting the candles out for Hanukkah and each day a different family member comes to visit. But for those of us that doesn't celebrate Hanukkah 'why' is she doing that and why is it 8 days long? After they finish with the candles they put it away and she and her family go after a Christmas tree. But I could see people who don't celebrate Christmas wondering why they would go get a tree and put it up? Overall it was a cute book and we'll probably read it again just wished it had a little more explanations in it.
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on October 14, 2014
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Really nice book. It's nice to have a book to read to your children explaining what different holidays mean and that it's ok to celebrate more then one an be mixed !
It's a smaller print for a child's book so it's a nice sit down book that will take longer then 5 minutes to read. The pictures are very sweet and a good way to explain what a menorah is and what a christmas tree is etc. cute cute cute!
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