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Patricia Polacco is the creator of many beloved children's books, including The Keeping Quilt, Babushka's Doll and My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother. She calls this story a "heart song," written in memory of an incredible winter on her family's farm just outside Union City, Michigan, and in remembrance of her grandparents and mother and their caring spirits.
During a scarlet fever epidemic one winter in Michigan, a Jewish family helps make Christmas special for their sick neighbors by making their own Hanukkah miracle. Based on a memory from the author's childhood.
Posted February 8, 2014
As the #1 Patricia Polacco fan, I bought this book with huge expectations, which were of course met! Beautiful, sweet story with absolutely gorgeous illustrations, it's not just for children to enjoy but the whole family! And it makes the perfect Christmas present. Definitely buy this.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 20, 2008
Posted May 22, 2007
When I started reading this book I thought it looked boring by the cover but when I read it, it was a wonderful book. Patricia had a good imagination in writing this book because she put in the story the grandpa carved dancing goats and hung them on a tree. This story also has a lot of traditions. This book teaches a lot about friendship and love. In the story, the little girl was happy that her mother was coming to see her but the mother got sick. At the end, the mother got better. The mother cared about others and she was the reason why I chose this book to write about. This story had some hard words like Hanukkah and Spizerinkto but it was still fun to read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 1, 2003
As a third grade teacher, I found this story to be an incredibly touching and humanistic vehicle in order to discuss both the traditions of Chanukah and Christmas. This loving story is about people who know the true meaning of giving. It is one of the best holiday books written to demonstrate to children that we are put on earth to help and care for one another (without regard for religion or race). I can guarantee reading this book during the holidays will be a moving experience for young and old alike. Bravo Patricia!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 9, 2011
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