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Children's LiteratureWhat's wrong with Harry? He's not being horrible, and that is quite noticeable as Room 3B begins to celebrate five winter holidays: Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Three Kings' Day, Korean New Year and Christmas. Dexter Sanchez' father brings in a shoe and a crown cake to explain Three Kings' Day, celebrated among Hispanic peoples. Ida Burrell's mom comes with a hat-making project and explains the new African-American holiday of Kwanzaa. Everyone has fun but Harry. What's wrong? Poor Harry is discombobulated since his great-grandpa moved into a nursing home; but celebrating Hanukkah there on a field trip seems to be just what the class and Harry need to bring back his good spirits and his horrible ways. This just-right book never gets pedantic while explaining the different cultures in Room 3B and always stays in character for early chapter book readers. The pen and ink pictures are irreverent and cute, exactly meeting the spirit of the irrepressible third graders. Fun for all, and lots of information, too. 2003, Viking, Ages 7 to 10.
— Judy Chernak