Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Review: Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama

For the holidays, I'll be reviewing a different book or series every day from December 1st through 24th.

Today's book is Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko.

Sadie's father grew up celebrating Christmas while her mother grew up celebrating Hanukkah.  That means Sadie gets to celebrate both!  Her house is full of blended traditions like leaving latkes for Santa, and Sadie thinks that makes her the luckiest kid of all.

New family traditions of celebrating two or more holidays in the winter season are increasingly common, whether due to blended families or a desire to expand kids' worldview.  This book is an unflinchingly positive take on the scenario.  In Sadie's eyes, she gets the best of both worlds and her parents aren't competing, but collaborating.  Kids who share Sadie's background will enjoy seeing themselves in the pages, and kids who don't may learn something.  Regardless, the colorful, collage-inspired illustrations will give them all something to enjoy.

This book is recommended for kids celebrating both the Christian and Jewish traditions this holiday season and those looking for a little education on a non-native culture.

Christmas Daddy and Hanukkah Mama is published by Knopf Books for Young Readers and retails for $16.99 (hardcover).  I read an advance copy from the publisher.  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

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