Combining elements of sacred Christmas themes with Jewish religious celebration and history this picture book presents a rewarding story of which examines the possibility that random negative acts and events may still result in positive results. A “PK” Jonathan Weeks is bummed that his preacher father ahs been relocated from sunny Tennessee, where they enjoyed a thriving congregation in a nice church to rural Michigan. He and his sister are disappointed by...more
However, I loved this story, and the winter themed illustrations are lovely. I loved that Polacco found a way to include Judaism in her book and halfway through when we meet the elderly Jewish woman, my “Patricia Polacco tears" (as I now cal...more
It was a story of miracles, of God, of fate or kismet or whatever you want to call it. But it was a story of w...more
Christmas Tapestry is a lovely story created from two separate stories that were told as true (see notes at the end). The story is a reminder that hard things can be a blessing in the hands of God. The story is complex enough that it probably isn't a fit for the youngest listeners. Still, it has much to offer to the older child o...more
Based upon a "tale" that was told to the author some years ago, it is a heartwarming story of a young man trying to cope with a recent move from his hometown to Detroit. While struggling to make sense of things, it just so happens that at Christmas time God uses a water-damaged wall, a car that wouldn't start, a "used" tapestry, a chance meeting at a bus stop, along with Jonathan and his father to reunite a married Je...more
This is not your average Christmas story. Jonathan Jefferson Weeks did not believe that everything happens for a reason, he thought it was bad luck that his family had to move from beautiful Memphis to dreary Detroit. His father is a pastor and accepted a position in Detroit because he knew he could bring the Church to life...and they did. But a winter...more
Where is the story of an unlikely meeting years later between a husband and wife separated in the Holocaust,who thought each other dead, that serves to reunite them? That is the story that should be made into a children's book. But maybe there isn't a real story like that out there... so this is the next best thing.