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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Aladdin Picture Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; Reprint edition (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780689838576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689838576
  • ASIN: 0689838573
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Polacco has a warm, colorful illustrative style that has enriched her numerous other works such as Babushka Baba Yaga and I Can Hear the Sun. Here she applies it to what at first seems the simple story of a Jewish girl, Trisha, and her Christian neighbors, whose bout with scarlet fever at Christmas threatens to ruin Trisha's Hanukkah. Trisha and her family respond with a loving gesture that is rewarded in kind. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Polacco's (Babushka's Doll) warmhearted memoir can easily be pressed into double duty for both Hanukkah and Christmas reading. On the family farm in Michigan, Trisha and Richard watch as Babushka and Grampa prepare for Hanukkah in their native Russian way, hand-dipping the candles, carving the children gifts of little wooden animals, cooking the latkes. When scarlet fever debilitates their neighbors, Trisha's whole family pitches in to make and deliver holiday dinners and Christmas trees (decorated with the children's wooden animals). Polacco's characteristically buoyant illustrations embody the joy of holiday traditions even as her robust storytelling locates the essence of that joy in sharing and friendship. While this work should have broad appeal, it is in particular an excellent choice for families seeking to mingle Jewish and Christian traditions. Ages 5-10.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Born Patricia Ann Barber in Lansing, Michigan, to parents of Russian and Ukrainian descent on one side and Irish on the other, Patricia Polacco grew up in both California and Michigan. Her school year was spent in Oakland, California, and summers in her beloved Michigan. She describes her family members as marvelous storytellers. "My fondest memories are of sitting around a stove or open fire, eating apples and popping corn while listening to the old ones tell glorious stories about their homeland and the past. We are tenacious traditionalists and sentimentalists.... With each retelling our stories gain a little more Umph!"Studying in the United States and Australia, Patricia Polacco has earned an M.F.A. and a Ph. D. in art history, specializing in Russian and Greek painting, and iconographic history. She is a museum consultant on the restoration of icons. As a participant in many citizen exchange programs for writers and illustrators, Patricia Polacco has traveled extensively in Russia as well as other former Soviet republics. She continues to support programs that encourage Russo-American friendships and understanding. She is also deeply involved in inner-city projects here in the U.S. that promote the peaceful resolution of conflict and encourage art and literacy programs.The mother of a grown son and a daughter, Patricia Polacco currently resides in Michigan, where she has a glorious old farm that was built during the time of Lincoln.

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This is another book I purchased to use with my elementary students.
Marie Johnson
I love how this Hanukkah story shows the importance of everyone's religion -- and how being a good neighbor is universal.
Rebecca Operhall
Now, each December I get out our family's box of holiday books and this is the first one we read.
DB

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is a rare find. Patricia Polacco grabs the readers interest with her usual warmth. The story tells of a winter on the farm when most of the rest of the families in the village have come down with Scarlet Fever. As Trisha and her family prepare for the upcoming Hanukkah celebration, they realize that the other families will not be well enough to celebrate Christmas. Trisha's family decides that they will take a special holiday dinner and decorations made from their Hanukkah presents to the other families homes to surprise them. The example of unselfish giving is one every child should be exposed to.
I have read this book to my first grade class each year for the last three years. Each time I read it, there will be at least a couple of children who begin to cry. I cannot read this story without getting a lump in my throat. I recommend this book to EVERYONE!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 1996
Format: Hardcover
This is my favorite new book of this holiday season. Here
is a story for Christians and Jews alike...a story that
celebrates the spirit of humanity. Through her rich, lively
paintings, Polacco brings us a message of love, through the
friendship of two young girls, who although they do not
share the same religion and traditions, they in fact DO
share this one particular holiday season. Warm your heart
with joy as you read this story of two families and how we
truly are all one.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This lovely tale of goowill and friendship between Christians and Jews is a must for every elementary media center and public library collection. Never preachy, Polacco's theme is clear to children as the touching story unfolds. You should have this one
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
My teacher does an "author study" program and our first featured author was Patricia Polacco. My teacher read some of her books to my class and during reading I would read them to myself. I read this book and it was one of my favorites. We bought it and I love it. I recommend this book for anyone who loves to read! The author writes about the time when she was a young child and a lot of her neighbors got scarlet fever. The girl and her family is Jewish, and since they are not sick, the girl, her older brother, her mom, her babushka, and her grandpa go out and chop down trees and decorate them with colorful animal figures. I won't tell you the surprise ending, but this book is awesome! I recommend this book highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DB on May 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A few years ago I was lucky enough to overhear our school librarian recommend this book to another parent at the school book fair. There was only one copy left so I took it.
Now, each December I get out our family's box of holiday books and this is the first one we read. My youngest child handed me a tissue before I started reading it last December! She knows how this book touches my heart and warms my soul.
I have given this book to family and friends ... young and old. Great book to spread the message of what is really important -- at the holidays especially.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bibliotekaria on December 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Drawing upon her own family's experience, Patricia Polacco shares a story of true holiday giving. Her Russian grandparents teach the meaning of friendship and miracles as they relate the story of Hanukkah and as they reach out to their Christian neighbors who are suffering from a deadly epidemic of scarlet fever. They adapt the symbols of their Jewish celebration to bring Christmas to those who are too ill to create their own festivities. Polacco's colorful illustrations capture the warmth and spirit of the characters and do much to enhance this wonderful story.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Caroline417 on December 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a great holiday story. It teaches people a wonderful meaning of what the holidays are about! It is about a girl whose family is from Russia and they celebrate Hannukah. The little girl's best friend celebrates Christmas. One day she goes to her house and finds that the girl and her family has scarlet fever! A deadly disease. It is also very contagious. The jewish girl's friend is upset because they are to weak to set up a tree. Well, the jewish family is the only one not sick so they cut small trees, make food, and then take them to their neighbors! They soon get well and the christian family makes them a monorah. They celebrate the last day of Hannukah together. It is a wonderful sory of how two religions can get together and have a great holiday season!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lori Anne Wardi on October 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
Trees of the Dancing Goats is a beautiful, poignant story and one of my all time favorites. Grown-ups love it as much as the kids. If you don't have this one on your bookshelf, you should get it! If you've been good, maybe Santa Claus will drop a copy in your stocking this year!
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