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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for December 22

Ramadan and Id al-Fitr by Dianne M. MacMillan

“Read about the beginnings of the Ramadan and Id al-Fitr celebrations, and find out how they are celebrated in the United States.”  [J297.36 MACMILLAN]

Night of the Moon by Hena Khan  

“Yasmeen, a seven-year-old Pakistani-American girl, celebrates the Muslim holidays of Ramadan, and Eid.”   [JPB Khan]

The Best Eid Ever by Asma Mobin-Uddin

“Aneesa and her grandmother come up with a plan to help two girls who are refugees celebrate Eid in America.”  [JPB Mobin-Uddin]

Night of Las Posadas by Tomie de Paola

“At the annual celebration of Las Posadas in old Santa Fe, the husband and wife slated to play Mary and Joseph are delayed by car trouble, but a mysterious couple seems perfect for the part.”   [JPB de Paola]

Santa’s Kwanzaa by Garen Eileen Thomas   

“After completing his Christmas deliveries, Santa returns home to the North Pole to celebrate Kwanzaa.”   [JPB Thomas]

The Children’s Book of Kwanzaa: A Guide to Celebrating the Holiday by Dolores Johnson

“A guide to the origins, principles, symbols, and celebration of the African-American holiday.”     [J394.261 JOHNSON]

The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming : a Christmas Story by Lemony Snicket

“Latkes are potato pancakes served at Hanukah. Lemony Snicket is an alleged children’s author. For the first time in literary history, these two elements are combined in one book. People who are interested in either or both of these things will find this book so enjoyable it will feel as if Hanukah is being celebrated for several years, rather than eight nights.”  [J Snicket, L.]

Eight Wild Nights : a Family Hanukkah Tale by Brian Cleary

“A large family celebrates Hanukkah by cleaning the house, entertaining guests, and preparing delicious food.” [JPB Cleary]

Eight Lights for Eight Nights : a Hanukkah Story and Activity Book by Debbie Herman and Ann D. Koffsky

Tells the story of the origin of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, and includes activities for children to celebrate the holiday. The activities, stories, recipes, crafts, and nuggets of information make this an appealing and useful volume. The story of Hanukkah is related in a breezy, modern voice, illustrated with simple, childlike pictures, and is punctuated by a variety of “fun facts”.

Celebrate Christmas by Deborah Heiligman

“December 25th is a day of peace and festivity, the culmination of a season of worldwide goodwill. Carol singers give voice to the joyful spirit, trees are decorated, and gifts exchanged between families and friends. A name-check of the gift-bearers awaited by children reflects the global nature of the celebration: Pere Noel in France, Santa Claus in America, La Befana in Italy, and the Three Kings of Hispanic cultures. With first-person narrative, informative back matter, and evocative photography, Celebrate Christmas is a rich historical and cultural resource for children.”  [J263.915 HEILIGMAN]

Ten Little Christmas Presents by Jean Marzollo 

 “10 little Christmas presents, in a snowy line…

Mouse gets earmuffs! Now there are nine.”

It’s Christmas day! One by one, each of the animals in the forest finds a present. Porcupine gets mittens, Rabbit gets a new vest. Blue Jay gets a bonnet. But who is their Secret Santa?”


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