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Winter Candle

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When each family at the diverse Juniper Court apartment complex needs something to light up the dark of winter, the stumpy, lumpy candle provides a glow brighter than the fanciest taper, revealing the true spirit of each holiday it illuminates.
Hardcover, 28 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by Creston Books
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Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Multiple residents at the Juniper Court Apartment complex are celebrating their family traditions during the holidays. As each family begins their celebration, they realize they are missing an important component- a candle. As the candle is passed from family to family, children will learn about Havdalah, Saint Lucia Day, and Kwanzaa.

We enjoyed the vivid and detailed illustrations. The authors note at the e
Mariah Roze
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
A cute story that took my students a little bit to understand what was going on.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: week-6
Text-to-Teaching Connection

When the electricity goes out in an apartment building, the residents take turns sharing an old candle to help them during their cultural celebrations. After reading the story to my students we would review the events of the story while creating a chart of nouns, verbs,adjectives, and adverbs that were used in the book. As a writing assignment the students will be set up into groups and will create a story from the candle's perspective. The candle will be the main char
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The residents of the apartment building at Juniper Court celebrate a variety of holidays in the winter months. It begins with Nana Clover at Thanksgiving who somehow forgot to get candles for her Thanksgiving table. The building super finds her a lumpy candle and she uses it for her centerpiece. Two weeks later, the Danziger family needs a havdalah candle for Sabbath. Nana Clover gives them the lumpy candle she used. A few days later, Kirsten needs one more candle for her Saint Lucia crown. In w ...more
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WINTER CANDLE is a gorgeously illustrated book. Stacey Schuett has done her drawings in deep rich colors that evoke the warmth of the story.

Ashford's story is appealing and the type of tale I liked to read to my children when they were younger. (They can read it themselves now :)

It's the story of a one-building neighborhood, where neighbors share and where all sorts of fall and winter celebrations take place. What ties all the neighbors together is their need for a light. Specifically, they need
Ben Truong
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Winter Candle is a children's picture book written by Jeron Ashford-Frame and illustrated by Stacey Schuett. Light symbolizes hope, and festivals incorporating light and candles are found in many cultures, especially during winter.

Ashford-Frame's text is rather simplistic and straightforward. The narrative uses a single candle to weave a story of intergenerational and multicultural friendship. An author notes which briefly describes each holiday could be found in the backmatter. Schuett's richly
A single candle is passed around to the many families living in an apartment building. Each family that borrows it uses it for a special winter celebration that focuses on family and being together. In the end, the brightly shining candle is used to help a father navigate to his family who has recently moved in to the building.

A great focus on community and sharing. Could be used for a winter-themed read aloud to older children (grades 2-4).
Maria Shuffit
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a very heart-warming story about how a single candle ends up making its way around the apartments in a building, being used as part of many different winter time celebrations. It was well-written and respectful of the different cultures that were represented. Really loved this one - might make this an annual Christmas read!
Lisa Sheehan
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wonderful story of a community of families in an apartment sharing a "candle" for their various needs. The story nicely ties together how candles are used for a variety of cultural and faith traditions and is a great way to lead students into a wider conversation about what makes us the same while we are also different. ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such a creative way to show all of the diverse lives living in one apartment complex by following the story of a candle. I will use this book when discussing our many different cultures we have and relate some of the traditions my students may see in themselves or people they know.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Genre: Multicultural/Fiction/Picture Book

Copyright Date: 2014

A sweet story about neighbors living together in community. This would be a good book to use to talk about the power of friendship and sharing. Also, about the different ways that people may celebrate the holidays. Grades K-5.
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holiday, winter
Lovely celebration of winter holidays in many cultures, showing how each uses candles. Sadly, Christmas in not mentioned.
Dec 10, 2019 added it
Beautifully illustrated, a bit of an intro to different winter celebrations, but still kind of felt flat.
Sherry Scheline
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We are celebrating holidays around the world at the 📚 library 📚 and this is a perfect wrap up book. great story.
D Nine
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
"a candle is blessed by what it does, not by how it looks. It'll shine."

Great message about people, too!
Bailee Magnuson
May 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Sasha Boersma
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-and-teens
Wonderful book that explores a range of cultural and religious celebrations in the month of December. A community coming together over a shared, lumpy, candle.
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The holidays are coming to the Juniper Court apartments! As each family celebrates their own traditions of faith, they find they need a candle. All the superintendent has is one lumpy old used candle, so it will just have to do. The little candle is passed around from one family to the next, until at last everyone comes together to welcome the newest family to the building during a power outage. That little candle may not look like much, but it brings light and joy to everyone before the story ...more
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I received this book as a goodreads First Reads giveaway.

This is a sweet little book about the residents of an apartment building who share an important part of a variety of special celebrations: the light of a candle. When each family finds that they do not have the candle they need, they look to their neighbors for help. One candle, already burned and not as "pretty" as a new one would be, is passed from apartment to apartment, lending its light to each special event, and demonstrating the lig
Although many apartment complexes consist of units that separate their inhabitants entirely from one another, that isn't the case at Juniper Court apartments. As the storyline progresses, it appears that these residents are caring neighbors who help each other when needed. In each vignette, someone in a different apartment needs candles, and "a lumpy stick of wax" (unpaged) is passed on from one place to the other. While the candle may not look like much, it glows brightly each time its wick is ...more
Feb 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I have this marked as "Christmas" because it does include a Christmas scene, but it's nice because it's more of a winter book than just a Christmas book. In it, different residents of an apartment building pass along an old, stubby candle as they need it for different winter celebrations, and eventually, it helps welcome some new neighbors. I wouldn't describe it as a particularly flashy or exciting book, but just a nice solid story of lots of different people sharing a neighborhood and helping ...more
Kate Puleo Unger
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This multicultural holiday book is a great introduction to other cultures. The families of Juniper Court all celebrate different holidays that involve candles. The neighbors borrow from each other throughout the winter and one stubbly candle participates in many different celebrations - Thanksgiving, Sabbath, the Feast of Saint Lucy, and Kwanza. The candle saves the day in more ways than one at the end of the story. This book is a simple yet wonderful read.

Ages 4-6
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it
A nice little story, however I expected it to be better from the excellent reviews. I was stolen away by the beauty of the cover which is unfortunately the nicest illustration of the book for me.
It would be nice used in schools to teach the differences about personal beliefs and it does go to show that no matter how different we are, we are all have similar needs. The light of the candle is a beautiful way to represent this.
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a beautiful, gentle, cleverly done book that celebrates multiculturalism and community. It’s an incredibly sweet story of neighbors in an apartment building who pass a candle between them over the course of a month or two so they can each celebrate their winter holidays. It’s a bit wordy for young preschoolers, but it’s perfect for bedtime sharing with 4-7 year olds.
Miss Sarah
Apr 18, 2015 rated it liked it
too long but okay for a one on one very multicultural about a candle that keeps getting passed form neighbor to neighbor for each holiday and always burns the brightest till it's placed in a window to welcome a father moving in home and everyone comes to lend something to welcome the family to the building. ...more
A wonderful picture book that shows how the simplest gesture of kindness can bring people together. Each family is celebrating a different but each needs a candle, as the candle is passed between neighbors it helps unite them. In the end the candle helps light a welcome dinner for the newest member in the apartment complex. A delightful story that highlights sharing and community.
Christine Turner
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
When each family at the diverse Juniper Court apartment complex needs something to light up the dark of winter, the stumpy, lumpy candle provides a glow brighter than the fanciest taper, revealing the true spirit of each holiday it illuminates.

Note: I like the story better than the illustrations.
I also do not like the font.
Diverse families in an apartment building each have need of a candle to celebrate their respective holidays - it may not be pretty, but it brings light to each celebration and brings these families together. This book includes an author's note with additional information about each holiday. ...more
A multicultural look at how candles are used in celebrations as several families observe different holidays in an apartment complex. The treatment feels a tad contrived but is similar in concept to titles such as "Everybody Eats Rice." A supplementary title for holiday sections. ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a very charming picture book about a variety of winter celebrations of light and the power of neighbors.
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