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My Two Holidays: A Hanukkah and Christmas Story Paperback – September 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel Books (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545235154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545235150
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 4.1 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Danielle Novack is a clinical psychologist and My Two Holidays is her first children's book. She lives in New York City.

Phyllis Harris has illustrated many books for children, including Kate's Surprise. She lives with her family in Kansas City, Missouri.


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Customer Reviews

Why would anyone want to read this to their little one and put that thought into an innocent child's head?
Barb
This book is wonderful for teaching kids about the positives of having two holidays to celebrate, and also helps assure them that they are not alone.
LE McGowan
This is a really good story book for children but especially for children who celebrate more than one holiday during December.
Rosa Cline

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By BargainBuyer on December 13, 2012
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I had eagerly anticipated reading this book to my grandchildren, and when it arrived I pre-read it. The book's focus is on the embarrassment the boy feels about celebrating two holidays when his classmates celebrate one. The author uses his shame as the vehicle for the mother's explanation of why he is celebrating two holidays. How unfortunate that the author has the child embarrassed, instead of pleased and perhaps confused when he realizes that not all kids get to enjoy both holidays. And there really is nothing about the two actual celebrations. I feel that this book introduces the idea of shame to the reader where it most likely doesn't exist.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy on November 24, 2010
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Sam is preparing for the holidays, decorating his Christmas tree and polishing his Menorah. But at school as child after child shares their story about their holiday tradition, Sam becomes confused and embarrassed, because all the other children only have one holiday and he has two. That night he shares what happened to with his mother, and she explains that his family celebrates two traditions. The next day at school Sam shares about having two traditions and the other kids think that is cool.

The book is wonderfully written and charmingly illustrated. It presents both traditions with respect and appreciation. It will be a good book to help your children understand another tradition or maybe their own mixed traditions.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By I. Neta on December 23, 2012
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I was excited to find some books on the subject to read to our 2 year old who's a sponge now. My wife started reading it to him and ended up having to skip over 3-4 pages (so close to half of the book) because its so negative. I can see where the author/doctor is coming from, but I'd never read this to a child unless he/she had l already been through an uncomfortable experience at school. Why introduce shame/separateness/difference where there was none before?

Should be filed under therapy, not children's holiday books... And maybe specifically for much older kids, too
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By JBR on November 22, 2010
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My Two Holidays is a great quick story with beautiful illustrations. After my husband and I read this book we thought it would make a great gift for all of our friends who celebrate both Chanukah and Christmas. We've received many thank you's and positive comments. We look forward to one day reading this book to our own kids.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LE McGowan on November 4, 2010
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As interfaith families become increasingly common, it's key to add another tool to our educational arsenal. This book is wonderful for teaching kids about the positives of having two holidays to celebrate, and also helps assure them that they are not alone. This is a must-buy for any interfaith family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Evelina on January 16, 2012
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After learning about Hanukkah at school (Kindergarten), my grandson became very interested in this holiday...He also learned the classmates that already celebrated two holidays and he wanted to enjoy that too, especially the part where one gets a present each day of Hanukkah. He wanted to have a spinning top and Menorah as well as his Christmas tree and all the things that he already knew about. The book had delighful pictures and added to his previous knowledge and new knowledge. I heard about the book from a friend that had grandchildren that celebrated the two holidays.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on February 22, 2013
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Great book for kids; this helps kids understand that it can be really nice to grow up in a household where parents are of different religons.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Graham on June 26, 2013
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I think this book is great and teaches kids to have pride in their heritage and not worry about what other kids do or think. The family is of mixed faiths, which is how our household is. I want my son to grow up feeling proud of who he is and where he comes from, and happy and lucky to celebrate his two winter time holidays.
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