Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate

Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate

by Janice Cohn, Bill Farnsworth
     
 

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Cohn's powerful narrative tells how two children, two families--one Jewish, one Christian--and a community resolve to stand together against the shameful actions that have been happening in their home town. Her story is based on real events that happened in Billings, Montana, in 1993. Farnsworth's beautiful paintings illuminate the message of the power of goodness.

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Cohn's powerful narrative tells how two children, two families--one Jewish, one Christian--and a community resolve to stand together against the shameful actions that have been happening in their home town. Her story is based on real events that happened in Billings, Montana, in 1993. Farnsworth's beautiful paintings illuminate the message of the power of goodness. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Jewish Book World
Based on a true incident that occurred in Billings, Montana, this story begins when a rock is thrown through Isaac's bedroom window in which a menorah is displayed. Frightened, he removes it. Afterwards, the mother goes on television and to a meeting to talk about hate crimes in the community, and inspired by stories of the Danish people helping their Jewish neighbors during World War II, the whole town puts menorahs in their windows to take a stand against bigotry. Reassured, Isaac replaces the menorah in his window. Realistic soft-focus oil paintings dramatize the action and personalize the characters. Background information is provided in the introduction. A great book for discussing prejudice.
Carolyn Phelan
Based on a true incident that occurred in Billings, Montana, this story begins when a rock is thrown through a boy's bedroom window in which a menorah is displayed. The boy, Isaac, is frightened and unsure whether he wants to put the menorah back. His parents call the police, and his mother goes on television and to a meeting to talk about hate crimes in the community. Inspired by stories of the Danish people helping their Jewish neighbors during World War II, the people of Billings put menorahs in their windows to take a stand against bigotry. When a schoolmate supports Isaac, he takes his own stand by returning the menorah to its place. Although the plot seems a little stilted at times, Cohn deals with the issues in a way children can readily understand. Throughout the book, realistic, soft-focus oil paintings dramatize the action and personalize the characters. A fine book for parents and teachers who want to discuss prejudice and hate crimes with their children, with background information provided in the introduction.
From the Publisher

"A must-have book for all ages-child and adult. Powerful."

American Bookseller

"Based on real events that occurred in Billings, Montana, the inspiring story is illustrated with soft oil paintings."

The Horn Book Guide

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807511527
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Series:
Albert Whitman Concept Books Series
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.36(w) x 10.31(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

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