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There's No Such Thing as a Chanukah Bush, Sandy Goldstein Paperback – September 1, 1983
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Top Customer Reviews
This nub of the first pages in this 9-chapter, 48-page easy reader captures the conflicted feelings of Robin, the main Jewish character whose best friend Heather was Christian. Heather naturally wanted Robin to share the joy of Christmas. Robin wanted to share it too. But of course, being Jewish, her family did not have a Christmas tree, and she had to tell her friend, "There is no such thing as a Chanukah bush."
Things got worse in school, when Robin's teacher directed the children to construct holiday decorations and Sandy Goldstein sat next to Robin, making the ugliest paper chains she had ever seen. Then all the other children started talking about their tree decorations and Santa Claus. Robin felt so, so, left out.
At home, Robin had a conversation with her mother about different ways of being Jewish. Robin's mother finished by saying that if Sandy Goldstein's family had a Christmas tree that was their business, but she would not have one in her house. They lit Chanukah candles.
Then Robin's Grandpa entered. His union was holding a Christmas party and he wanted Robin to go. The story travels through another five chapters and 28 pages before the girls reach an understanding about one another and their holidays. And that understanding is truly magnificent.
This book shows children the respect that they can and should have for others of varied faiths. Children (and people) can be different, but nevertheless help and love one another, deeply.
And PS, this book is not just for girls. Our copy was a gift from a relative whose son loved the story too.
--- Alyssa A. Lappen
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this to my kindergartner and it was just what we needed. Very well written and respectful of both Judaism and Christianity.Published on December 15, 2008 by spanakopita NJ
As a Christian who's best friend was Jewish in elementary school (and to this very day) the two of us found this story to be such an entertainment that we joke about it to this... Read morePublished on November 30, 2002 by Rachel'sFriend
A warm and touching story addressing the difficult topic of Jewish children coping with the Christmas-dominated holiday season.Published on December 11, 1998