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published: Sep 2010
ISBN:9781897187746
publisher: Second Story Press

A Chanukah Noel

A True Story

by Sharon Jennings, illustrated by Gillian Newland

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list price: $15.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
published: Sep 2010
ISBN:9781897187746
publisher: Second Story Press
Description

Charlotte and her family have just moved to France. Charlotte is Jewish, but longs to join in the Christmas celebrations as the holidays approach - can she find a way to celebrate both Christmas and Chanukah?

About the Authors
Sharon Jennings is an award-winning author of many books for young people, including C'mere, Boy! and Bearcub and Mama, a finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Sharon lives in Toronto.
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Sharon Jennings is an award-winning author of many books for young people, including C'mere, Boy! and Bearcub and Mama, a finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Sharon lives in Toronto.
Author profile page >
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 9
Grade:
1 to 4
Reading age:
5 to 9
Awards
  • Commended, The Canadian Children's Book Centre's "Best Books for Kids and Teens 2011" List
Editorial Reviews

A Chanukah Noel is a beautiful Christmas story. The illustrations in this book are amazing. Congratulations to illustrator Gillian Newland, as her pictures are just as touching as the story. There is so much detail in each picture that you just can't take your eyes away.

— Kidswwwrite.com website

The illustrations, created by Gillian Newland, serve well in creating a lovely flow to the timing of the story ... the final illustration in the book and the scene of the Christmas market are exquisite. They begged my eyes to linger on these pages.

— Resource Links

This book owes much of its appeal to the illustrations by Gillian Newland.

— The Ottawa Citizen

A Chanukah Noel is a Christmas story with a difference. As its title implies, it involves someone who’s Jewish. ... In the end, Charlotte gets her Christmas experience and readers learn a universal truth: It’s better to give than to receive.

— The Montreal Gazette

Sharon Jennings is a superb storyteller, creating an interesting tale depicting the complications of real life. As a reader I felt compelled to read on and although the story is a mere twenty-four pages, it felt as satisfying as a novel ... The book invites children to explore their own feelings about being different, being new and about welcoming those have different cultural backgrounds.

— Resource Links

Jennings' evocative descriptions, together with Gillian Newland's finely rendered illustrations, capture the sights, scents, and tastes of the French countryside. Newland uses an unusually dark palette, but it works. Though Charlotte's story is set in the past, the book's message is timeless: the joy or giving and sharing with family and friends far outshines a thousand shiny baubles.

— Quill & Quire

A Chanaukah Noel touches on themes of acceptance, empathy, respect, and kindness... [so] worth purchasing and reading to your class during the holiday season. 5/5 hearts.

— ETFO VOICE

Sharon Jennings’s recounting of Charlotte’s story is perfect in every way, as are Gillian Newlands’s powerful paintings, which reflect the depth and weight of this Chanukah/Christmas story.

— The Globe and Mail

A Chanukah Noel is an unforgettable tale of reaching across differing cultures, regions, geographies and classes to find the best truth of all: the gift of love is from the heart in any language.

— Midwest Book Review

This quiet and charming slice of life, which assumes a basic knowledge of both holidays, shares enough details (chocolate on a baguette as a school snack) to give readers a flavor of Charlotte’s new life. The attractive, realistic paintings depict a timeless French village–this story might take place now or several decades ago. A fine cross-cultural choice for larger collections.

— School Library Journal

Her family's resolution to this dilemma evokes our own family's, but adds an important lesson about tzedakah to boot. I highly recommend this book, and not just for interfaith families.

— Homeshuling Blog

Transplanted from Canada to France, Charlotte mopes that her Jewish family doesn’t celebrate Noel like her schoolmates. Then she comes up with a perfect solution — a Chanukah gift of Noel and all its fixings, delivered to a needy family in the village. This true story comes from the life of a beloved champion of children’s literature, Charlotte Teeple of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

— The Toronto Star

A poignant story for kids aged five to nine, in which a young Jewish girl who has moved with her parents to a new country answers a classmate’s cruelty with an act of simple generosity that transforms the holidays.

— The Georgia Straight Magazine

"Captures both the holiday spirit and the feeling of a French village. Good to have on hand at holiday time."

— Booklist

[A] quiet and charming slice of life...The attractive, realistic paintings depict a timeless French village- this story might take place now or several decades ago. A fine cross-cultural choice for larger collections.

— School Library Journal

"A Chanukah Noel" is an unforgettable tale of reaching across differing cultures, religions, geographies and classes to find the best truth of all: The gift of love is from the heart in any language.

— The Midwest Book Review

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A Chanukah Noel

Charlotte and her family have just moved to France where she must learn a new language, make new friends and go to a new school. As Christmas approaches Charlotte pleads with her parents to celebrate Christmas, but, being Jewish, they will not allow this. Charlotte is not willing to give up, however, and finds a way to share the joys of both Christmas and Chanukah with one of her classmates.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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