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Product Type: Books
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Holiday Books

 


2013 Award
Little Ghost Party
(by Jacques Duquennoy, Abrams Books $16.95 Score:)

Want a treat that is not to eat for your favorite trick or treater? Look for this novelty book that involves more tilting than reading. On each of the pages there are several dance poses that readers are invited to replicate by tipping the book and jiggling the little chains to make their ghosts look like the ones pictured. There isn't a lot of reading here, but kids are going to have to notice the directionality and build their own patience as they try to copy the dance poses. Put it on the coffee table as a calorie-free Halloween tradition.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Chanukah Lights
(by Michael J. Rosen/ illus. Robert Sabuda, Candlewick $34.99 Score:)

Truly, one of the most extraordinary pop-up books ever! In fact, pop-up is too ordinary a word to describe the artistry in each spectacular scene Robert Sabuda has designed in his Chanukah Lights. Like his Twelve Days of Christmas, here are eight distinctive locales where the flame of the shamash candle lights up the many places where Jews have lit their menorahs and celebrated the miracle of the lights-from a desert tent, a refugee ship, a tenement building, and other remarkable sites. In each location a menorah is shining through. This is one of those beautiful books that you will want to share, but stay in control of, so that it will not be destroyed. It's a treasure that is sure to bring on ooohs! and aaahs! from all ages. It is certainly more for older children than little ones, those who have begun to learn about the history of the Jews. Properly cared for it can become a traditional keepsake to be shared each night of the Festival of Lights.  All Ages.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
The Carpenter's Gift
(by David Rubel/ illus. by Jim LaMarche, Random House $17.99 Score:)

With so many people out of work this book, set in the Great Depression may well resonate with young people today. It's Christmas 1931 and Henry and his out-of-work father go to New York to sell Christmas trees to earn a little money. They have no money for heat or blankets. When they get to New York City they unload their trees on the site where Rockefeller Center is being built and the men working on the site take a liking to them. At the end of the day Henry's dad leaves a tree that the construction workers decorate; the first of the many glorious trees that will stand on that site. Before he leaves, Henry finds a pinecone near the tree and takes it home. The next day several of the workers show up at Henry's home with scrap lumber. Together they construct a small house and Henry plants the pinecone. Click forward. Henry is now an old man. He is living in the house and the little pine cone has become a giant tree. Henry ends up donating his giant tree for Rockefeller Center when he learns that the tree will be turned into wood for a needy family's Habitat for Living Home. The story of the Christmas of 1931 and the real first tree is told in the author's notes. This is one of those big beautiful holiday books with lush illustrations and heartfelt story. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
The Third Gift
(by Linda Sue Park/ illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline, Clarion $16.99 Score:)

Out in the desert a boy is learning his fathers craft of finding "tears" in the twisted trees. He is leaving how to collect these "tears" of sap that are filled with resin that can be sold in the market for medicine and soothing the skin. In this mysterious and hauntingly beautiful story set more than 2,000 years ago, the boy and his father arrive in the market as three men were searching for one special gift they would take with them to a special child. Unlike any other stories of the Magi, this one sneaks up and surprises. It is rather a darker tale than most as we learn that the Third Gift is also used for funerals to cleanse the departed and burn as a scent. The big resin tear found by the boy was also a gift to celebrate a birth--they were to become the gift of Myrrh brought with the gold and frankincense. The art work is in graceful harmony with the quiet telling of a memorable story.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
P.J. Lynch Classic Christmas Collection
(Candlewick $40 Score:)

Share this set of three gloriously illustrated stories with the whole family during the holidays. This slipcase set is a perfect gift for all the generations to enjoy. The set includes Charles Dickens  "A Christmas Carol", O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi"  and the tender tale of  "The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey" about a grumpy old man who finds friendship and joy thanks to a lonely boy and his mother. This collection is likey to become a memorable annual tradition. 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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1995 Awards
Molly's Pilgrim
(by Barbara Cohen/illus. by Michael Deraney, Lothrop $3.99 Score:) A young Russian Jewish immigrant is taunted by her classmates because of her clothes and accent. She brings in an unusual pilgrim doll for her 3rd grade Thanksgiving project. A modern-day story brings rich meaning to the religious freedom we celebrate. 6 and up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 1995.

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2003 Award
Christmas Day in the Morning
(by Pearl S. Buck/illus. by Mark Buehner, HarperCollins $16.99 Score:) Rob wants to give his father something special for Christmas, something that will show him how much he loves him. But what can it be? An old-fashioned story about doing, not buying, from a master storyteller. Reissued in a handsome storybook with illustrations that give a timeless story new life. 510.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Christmas Window Art
(by Barbara Kane, Klutz $19.95 Score:) Window art for the holidays has a new look! Using the black paint outline plus five other colors to fill in the spaces, kids trace designs and lift off beautiful stickers that adhere to windows, mirrors or other smooth surfaces. Also for the holidays, Kane's book of Candy Projects will turn ready made candies into artistic treats and games. 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2005 Award
The Thanksgiving Door
(Debby Atwell, Houghton Mifflin $15 Score:) When an old couple's Thanksgiving dinner is burned by accident, little did they think it would turn into the best Thanksgiving. Quite by chance they go to a restaurant run by an immigrant family. Though they are closed, the grandmother of the family insists on making a place for them both. 48. For older readers, see Molly's Pilgrim (by Barbara Cohen, Lothrop $3.99).

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2003 Award
Christmas Tapestry
(by Patricia Polacco, Philomel $16.99 Score:) Leave it to Patricia Polacco to write an ecumenical holiday book. It all begins when the Weeks family moves to Detroit and the family pitches in to get their father's church in shape. Water damage in the church just before Christmas couldn't happen at a worse time! But when they find a tapestry in a second hand store they also happen to find the Jewish woman who embroidered it, and this discovery leads to yet another miracle! 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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