Friday, December 18, 2015


The holidays are here and Sophie and her family are preparing for the festivities.  Her good friend Tommy and his family are also getting ready for the holidays.  When Tommy and his family are invited to Sophie's house for a party, Tommy realizes that while some traditions are similar to those of Sophie’s family, Sophie and her family also celebrate Hanukkah. Tommy learns all about Hanukkah and the traditions.

Eight Candles and a Tree by Simone Bloom Nathan with illustrations by Brian Barber tells a great story about how different families celebrate the holidays.  This great story also teaches children about religiously mixed families and is a great overview of some of the traditions celebrated on Christmas and Hanukkah.  This is a great read aloud during the holiday season.  Great read for children pre-kinder – 2nd grade.

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