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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 630 (What's this?)
  • 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: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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Great book about sharing and looking out for your friends in need. My granddaughter heard me read it and ask I purchase it for her. She took to school in 3 grade and everyone wanted it. Her Jewish friend loved it. Grandma Cheryl
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As with most Jewish families, we have always lived in communities where we are the minority. I love how this Hanukkah story shows the importance of everyone's religion -- and how being a good neighbor is universal. Highly recommended.
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I have several of Patricia Polacco books and this is one of my favorites. I love reading about her family in her stories and this was just a great story. Beautiful artwork of course, and again, just a great story that you can read over and over again and not get tired of.
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