|Celebrate Hanukkah by Deborah Heiligman|
Families gather to sing songs, exchange fits, and remember
miracles that happened long ago.
Hanukkah is one of the most joyous holidays on the Jewish calendar,
in in this book readers find out why.
Author Deborah Heiligman looks at how Jews from the
United States to Israel to Africa and India celebrate the
"Festival of Lights."
|The Shortest Day by Wendy Pfeffer|
Winter begins on the shortest day of the year, on or about
December 21. On short winter days, children walking home
from school drag long shadow behind them. On long
winter nights, families eat dinner while it's dark outside.
Long agao, people grew afraid when each day had fewer
hours of sunshine than the day before. Over time, they
realized that one day each year the sun seemed to stop
moving away and then started moving back toward them.
They celebrated this day by exchanging presents and decorating
their houses with evergreens. Today people still celebrate the
winter solstice, not because they worry that the sun will disappear,
but because they know the days will get longer again. They
celebrate because it's a new beginning.
|Christmas Remembered by Tomie dePaola|
In this wonderful Christmas memoir, Tomie dePaola shares
his love of the season in fifteen vivid memories spanning six
decades filled with delightful twists and turns.
In the thirties at age three, Tomie watched his Irish-Italian family
and their friends prepare for and joyously celebrate the holidays.
It was no wonder that Christmas became his favorite time of the year.
Wherever he lived - as a teenager in Meriden, Connecticut, an art
student in Brooklyn, a novice monk at Weston Priory in Vermont, an
artist and professor San Francisco, or an artist and author in New
Hampshire - Tomie's enthusiasm for the Christmas season was
constant and infectious.
|The Family Read-Aloud Christmas Treasury selected by Alice Low|
Rejoice! Here is an irresistible celebration of the
glory of Christmas, filled with all the sights, sounds, and
smells that make this holiday so special. Well-loved poets
Jack Prelutsky, David McCord, A.A. Milne, E.E. Cummings, and
John Updike bring to life the quiet cheer of snowy days, the joys
of a brand new sled, the thrill of choosing and decorating the perfect
Christmas tree, the mysterious arrival of Santa Claus and his elves, and
of course, the delicious aromas of freshly baked Christmas cakes, apple
pies, and plum puddings. Families can join in their favorite carols and
songs, from "Away in a Manger" to "The Twelve Days of Christmas,"
and read aloud from more than fifty poems and stories, such as
Clement Clarke Moore's timeless "A Visit from St. Nicholas" and
the Christmas pageant from Beverly Cleary's popular Ramona and her Father.