TRISHA LOVES THE eight days of Hanukkah, when her mother stays home from work, her Babushka makes delicious potato latkes, and her Grampa carves wonderful animals out of wood as gifts for Trisha and her brother. In the middle of her family's preparation for the festival of lights, Trisha visits her closest neighbors, expecting to find them decorating their house for Christmas. Instead they are all bedridden with scarlet fever. Trisha's family is one of the few who has been spared from the epidemic. It is difficult for them to enjoy their Hanukkah feast when they know that their neighbors won't be able to celebrate their holiday. Then Grampa has an inspiration: they will cut down trees, decorate them, and secretly deliver them to the neighbors. "But what can we decorate them with?" Babushka asks. Although it is a sacrifice, Trisha realizes that Grampa's carved animals are the perfect answer. Soon her living room is filled with trees-but that is only the first miracle of many during an incredible holiday season.
Based on a long cherished childhood memory, this story celebrates the miracle of true friendship.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers|
|Edition description:||Paperback & CD|
|Product dimensions:||8.80(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.43(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Patricia Polacco belongs to a family of storytellers, poets, farmers, teachers, and artists. They came from many parts of the world, but mainly Russia. She grew up to be an illustrator, a designer, and creator of many beloved children’s books, including The Keeping Quilt, The Blessing Cup, Fiona’s Lace, The Trees of the Dancing Goats, Babushka’s Doll, and My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother. She lives in Union City, Michigan. Visit her at PatriciaPolacco.com and follow her on Facebook.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
What a beautiful story of love and acceptance between families with different religions and traditions.
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.
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!!!