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A Solstice Tree for Jenny (Search for the Future) Paperback – September 1, 2001
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Ages 5-8. There are a number of things wrong with this book--among them, the drippy title. But there's virtually nothing around like it, and the unique point of view is its strength. Jenny, and her parents, who are archaeologists, have never before been home during the holiday season. Now that they are, Jenny notices for the first time that her house is not decorated; her parents don't celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza, and she doesn't understand why. The text is purposive, but nevertheless the conversation rings true as Jenny's secular parents explain their beliefs. Jenny is particularly insistent to know whether they believe in the "same good things" as the neighbors. Her mother says that they do, but they don't believe a god created the world. "We think we can be very good people and know what is right to do and not do without having to follow rules that some people believe were written down long ago by their god or by important people in their religion." Throughout, Jenny's parents are sympathetic to their daughter's feelings, and Jenny's questions are thought provoking. Still, she wants a celebration, and when she suggests a winter solstice holiday, her parents gladly agree. Most secular families aren't so strident as Jenny's about holiday observation, but children who are raised without religion will be glad to find a book that mirrors their experience. Ilene Cooper
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"...helpful for children in humanist families, but it should also provide food for thought for kids in religious families." -- About.com
"...offers a unique point of view which children in similar circumstances will appreciate." -- Jewish Currents, Nov.-Dec. 2002
"...sensitively deals with the concept of other people's gods, religious traditions and beliefs..." -- BookReview.com, December 2001
"a wonderful book for sharing with those who do not celebrate Christmas...a must for elementary teachers..." -- Church & Synagogue Libraries
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But the story is wonderful and the message is great. I would recommend it, despite the writing flaws.
I do like that Jenny is a nice girl who is trying to find her own way without going against her parents. She tries very hard to find a middle ground to satisfy everyone. Definately could have been better but the author tries to hard to keep religion out of it.
Some of the other reviewers prove exactly why this book is important. Their compulsion to denigrate this book shows how nervous it makes them to think that there are people who don't agree with them about their worldviews. The reviewer who had the idea that the book is teaching kids to worship sun gods is hilarious. The point of that discussion obviously went right over that reader's head. The point was that Jenny learned that, in the past, people made up stories to explain what they didn't understand and used festivals and lights to bring joy and comfort in times of fear and stress. She is interested in capturing that joy and comfort, not in worshiping sun gods.
This book does an excellent job of pointing out how people can find all of the good things that religion can bring (charity, kindness, tradition, celebration, joy) without having to participate in religion. For those reviewers who said that the author just must not understand how loving your religion is, your response is exactly the problem. You have no respect for other people's experiences or decisions. It's great that YOU have found such comfort in your beliefs, but not everyone feels the same as you.