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My Two Holidays: A Hanukkah and Christmas Story
     

My Two Holidays: A Hanukkah and Christmas Story

by Danielle Novack, Phyllis Harris (Illustrator)
 

When Sam's classmates take turns talking about which holiday they celebrate, Sam becomes very nervous.  Some people celebrate Christmas and some people celebrate Hanukkah.  But Sam celebrates both!

Written by a clinical psychologist, MY TWO HOLIDAYS: A HANUKKAH AND CHRISTMAS STORY offers comforting explanations that shine a light on how special it

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When Sam's classmates take turns talking about which holiday they celebrate, Sam becomes very nervous.  Some people celebrate Christmas and some people celebrate Hanukkah.  But Sam celebrates both!

Written by a clinical psychologist, MY TWO HOLIDAYS: A HANUKKAH AND CHRISTMAS STORY offers comforting explanations that shine a light on how special it can be to celebrate two treasured holidays instead of one! 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Sam's mother is Jewish and his father is Christian, which makes Sam feel like the odd boy out among his school pals. But after a conversation with his mother ("any people celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. It's very special to have two holidays"), Sam learns to be proud of his interfaith family--and discovers that his classmates think his situation is "really cool." The pedantic story and bland illustrations smooth over issues faced by interfaith families, leaving little emotional traction. Ages 3–5. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
Sam is suffering from his own version of the December dilemma. With a Jewish mom and a Christian dad, he does not know which holiday to say he celebrates. All his classmates gleefully claim Hanukkah or Christmas as their own, but Sam has both a Christmas tree and a menorah and the confusion of his cultural identity upsets him. Is he, as children say, a Christmas or a Hanukkah? The answer is easy: he is both. With an intermarriage rate of close to 60% among contemporary Jews, this is a book that will provide a sympathetic response for many children of Jewish and Christian families in which both parents have kept their religious and cultural traditions. Illustrator Harris is to be congratulated for not showing a "Hanukkah bush" as part of Sam's celebration. His Christmas tree celebrates one part of Sam's heritage and his Hanukkah menorah represents another. It does seem unlikely that in today's society, Sam would be the only child in his classroom with this particular problem, but his mother's explanation that the holiday season celebrates love in any faith is a satisfactory solution to the problem. The book will answer a need for a specific audience and does so in a very gentle and sympathetic way. A great gift for families facing this quandary, and a good addition for libraries or classrooms, although the paperback format will not hold up through many circulations. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545235150
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Series:
My Two Holidays
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
185,014
Product dimensions:
8.06(w) x 9.94(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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