Candy Canes in Bethlehem

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Unwrap the gifts of tradition from cultures around the globe in this illustrated Christmastime storybook!

When Deacon Matthews assigns Daniel to create the nativity scene at his parish, Daniel is disappointed. But Deacon Matthews suggests personalizing the scene, and Daniel becomes inspired by ideas from around the world—from Kenya, Mexico, Japan, Native America, and Australia. Excited by origami crane decorations, Three Kings tribal elders, a glass pickle ornament, kangaroo ...

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Overview

Unwrap the gifts of tradition from cultures around the globe in this illustrated Christmastime storybook!

When Deacon Matthews assigns Daniel to create the nativity scene at his parish, Daniel is disappointed. But Deacon Matthews suggests personalizing the scene, and Daniel becomes inspired by ideas from around the world—from Kenya, Mexico, Japan, Native America, and Australia. Excited by origami crane decorations, Three Kings tribal elders, a glass pickle ornament, kangaroo reindeers, and Christmas piñatas, he comes to the realization that these unique gifts of tradition are all celebrations of the same event: the birth of Jesus Christ!

Using his imagination, Daniel creates a nativity scene unlike any other, combining many cultural traditions and adding a touch of his own: a miniature candy cane placed beside Jesus in the cradle. When Deacon Matthews sees the final masterpiece, he is puzzled.

But maybe this time it is Daniel who has something to teach Deacon Matthews about the meaning of Christmas...

Ideal for ages 6—8, children will be drawn to the read aloud-friendly format and brightly colored, brushstroke illustrations. As Daniel discovers the true meaning of Christmas, children uncover the religious meanings behind secular symbols, and the various cultural traditions that exist to celebrate the holiday!

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Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
Christmas is coming and all the church is excited, but no one more than Daniel. Daniel, though only five, has been chosen to help Deacon Matthews decorate the parish hall for the pageant that will be performed. Most of the other helpers are older than Daniel, so he knows that this is a big responsibility and he must take it very seriously. At the first meeting of the helpers, the older children try to protect Daniel from climbing on the ladder or working with breakable ornaments. Daniel is finally assigned to put out the manger scene, which he finds boring because it is the same every year. Daniel longs to do something different, something people will notice. When Daniel's sister stops her work to encourage him, Daniel begins to hear stories from all the kids about the way they celebrate Christmas in their homes and about the traditions that are different from the red and green ribbons and gold tinsel Daniel knows. As Daniel learns about Australian tradition of kangaroos instead of reindeer, African traditions of gathering on family farms and Japanese traditions of origami, he begins to create an idea in his mind about how all these new ideas about "Christmas" can become a part of their own celebration. The illustrator's use of primary colors and multicultural faces makes this volume a treat for young readers. Reference to the publisher's webpage directs children to more ideas for recipes, crafts and trivia about the book. This is a quick read for Christmas and a worthy gift selection. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819816061
  • Publisher: Pauline Books & Media
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Posted November 20, 2009

    Looking at Christmas in Other Countries

    Candy Canes in Bethlehem is the simple story of young Eddie, as he wants to help in some special way with the Christmas decorations at church. He finds as he puts the nativity up that around the world there are many different traditions for celebrating Christmas. There are many interesting traditions and countries for discussion in the book and a website at the end of the book that has web interactions.

    One problem with the book is that it begins in a church and that limits its use to perhaps home schools, private schools, or parents. Public school teachers might be able to use parts of the book and read what specific children say about traditions in other countries as they study holiday traditions.

    Each page has lots of text so it is an informational picture book. The illustrations match the text and are well done. This is a good book for a study of winter holidays and traditions in other countries.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    An enjoyable Christmas book with a lesson.

    I found this book to be a good read for the young reader and enjoyed it quite well myself. This fictional story teaches that there is more than one-way to celebrate Christmas and that no particular way is the "right way." It also shows the reader that we have to think outside of the box sometimes to find true meaning of things.

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