Yesterday's Santa and the Chanukah Miracle

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Annie can't believe her eyes! The "Santa" in the mall looks so much like her grandfather's friend, Simon. A Jewish Santa? Annie lines up to get a closer look - and ends up "placing an order". Simon Greenbaum, flat broke, has taken the job at the Winter Castle to earn a few dollars between jobs. And after all, with his long white beard, he looks just like Santa already. "Don't breathe a word to your Zaideh that you saw me here," he says. "If you don't tell him that I'm a Santa Claus, I won't tell him what you ...
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Overview

Annie can't believe her eyes! The "Santa" in the mall looks so much like her grandfather's friend, Simon. A Jewish Santa? Annie lines up to get a closer look - and ends up "placing an order". Simon Greenbaum, flat broke, has taken the job at the Winter Castle to earn a few dollars between jobs. And after all, with his long white beard, he looks just like Santa already. "Don't breathe a word to your Zaideh that you saw me here," he says. "If you don't tell him that I'm a Santa Claus, I won't tell him what you asked for. It's a deal?" When Annie's parents find out, however, that she has placed an order with Santa for a Christmas tree, they are disappointed and tell her that she must learn to be her own person and stand up for her beliefs in order to earn the respect of others. Meanwhile, Annie wants to help Mr. Greenbaum and comes up with a plan. But to carry out her plan, she must reveal his secret. What will she do?
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A humorous look at culture clash, "Yesterday's Santa" is the story of a Jewish girl who finds the shopping mall Santa Claus strangely familiar. Could it be Mr. Greenbaum, an unemployed man from her neighborhood? Sure enough, it is, and Annie's visit to "Santa" gets her in dutch when a relative sees her. Caught, Annie admits that while she of course loves Chanukah, Christmas decorations are awfully inviting, and she gets tired of being asked whether she is ready for Christmas yet. "Religious freedom, Annie. That's what Chanukah is all about," her father tells her. "Take it from me, Annie, it's okay to be different." This is a situation almost every Jewish child faces sooner or later, so it is nice to see the dueling-holidays situation addressed in such a realistic way. The author paints her protagonist as a regular kid with a generous heart, and puts a nice spin on the usual "Christmas is the season of giving" story line. 2002, Napoleon Publishing,
— Donna Freedman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780929141145
  • Publisher: Dundurn Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Hartt-Snowbell is the author of the picture books A Little
Something, Yesterday's Santa and the Chanukah Miracle,
and a novel for young readers, Vivian Untangled. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2003

    A Miracle of a Book!

    Our family loved the book! Our children were captivated by the wonderful illustrations that beautifully complimented the text. Hart-Snowbell¿s use of humor to address the relevant and significant themes of religious understanding and acceptance is both refreshing and brilliant. Yesterday¿s Santa and the Chanukah Miracle is not a book that meshes two distinct religions but encourages children of minority religions to take pride in their own faith and religious practices. The enchanting dialogue, multi-dimensional characters, realistic illustrations, and clever plot, make this a wonderful read-aloud book to be enjoyed by the whole family.

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