A Chanukah Noel - A Second Story Press Review ( + Giveaway 11/10)

A beautiful pictorial story that can reach across cultures and teach children that "giving" and "sharing" doesn't have any boundaries.

I can't resist but to applaud the illustrator Gillian Newland for depicting the beauty of Christmas in a petite French village. The characters portrayed are just like real people talking to you as you read along.The illustrations make you feel that your are right next to Charlotte!

The author, Sharon Jennings takes on a journey on how a new move to France, leaves little Charlotte with having to face and live with a new language, culture and food.While she tries hard to cope with everything, there comes a joyous season which she is not sure if she can be a part of. Charlotte being Jewish, traditionally celebrates Hanukkah and has never been a part of a Christmas celebration. She sees everything around her filled with the beauty of Christmas - the lights, gifts, Christmas trees and so on! Deep down in her heart, she so wants to be a part of all that was going on around her!

Does she get to have a Christmas tree in her house? Does she get Christmas gifts? Does her dad help her to be a part of the celebration? The story has the sweetest ending that explains the true meaning of giving and sharing the love of the season

The book is beautifully bound and has a jacket. It says ages 5-9 on the cover but I read it to my 2.5 yr old and he loved the pictures and now calls it "Charlotte's Book" ! 5-9 yr olds are mature enough to understand the concepts of festivals.

Want to take a look inside the book? Peek!

Buy it for $11.51 from Amazon.

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This Giveaway is open to US and Canada until Nov 10, 2010.Random Generator will choose a winner and winner will be announced on Nov 11, 2010.There is no limit to the no.of times that you can win on my blog! Feel free to enter all Giveaways even if you have won before!

(Disclaimer: Thanks to Second Story Press  for sending me the featured book for review purpose. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way.All opinions expressed here are only my own.)


Born 2 Be Mom said...

Following :) This Christmas I plan on spreading the love by spending as much time as possible with my family, and just enjoying the holiday together!

Isha Shiri said...

Hello Esther.
I'm living in Brazil and, of course, our family traditionally celebrates Hanukkah, but here the brazilians 99.99% celebrate Christmas traditionally.

We have many non-Jewish friends and we participate too on Christmas festive in the same way, not by religious conviction, but yes because having brotherhood to help the needy and to give gifts to the poor, especially children at the orphanages.

I was happy with nomination of this wonderful book.

The Peace be upon you.

EmptyNester said...

This Christmas we will be spending time with family--it's a really big deal now that our daughters have left the nest! I have been knitting scarves all year and will be donating them to a worthy cause--not an original idea, but I wanted to do something different this year too. Already a follower, and glad of it!

NewMom said...

Thank you so much for dropping by my blog! I'm now following yours as well. Look forward to checking out all of your stuff. :-) Your little boy is adorable!

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Nichole Carter said...

Thanks for the follow I am now following back I look forward to reading more posts, I love the children book reviews!
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Melly said...

Thanks for the invite.
I'm glad you stopped by!
Make sure to come back on Monday & add your link to let others know about the cheer :)
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Have a great weekend & a safe Halloween!

Tiffany said...

Thanks so much for following, I am following back now
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Canadian Coupon Mom said...

I am following on gfc :) I usually have my children pick out gifts for children on the angel trees at christmas :) I would love to read this book. I work in a jewish group home for people with disablities. Please stop by www.canadiancouponmom.blogspot.com

ruthhill74 said...

gfc follower
I will participate in Operation Christmas child and send gifts to children who are in need.


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I follow you on gfc

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