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There's No Such Thing as a Chanukah Bush, Sandy Goldstein

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Sussman's small narrator Robin relates a tender story about ecumenical fellowship, depicted attractively in Robinson's drawings. . . . With his wisdom and love, the grandfather widens the child's understanding, as Sussman does for the reader of her endearing story.--Publishers Weekly. ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by Albert Whitman & Company (first published September 1st 1983)
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Rachel
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I vaguely remember reading this book as a child. It was first published in 1983 and when I pulled it off the library shelf I saw that it hadn't been checked out since 1995. I was expecting the story to be dated and no longer relevant but I was totally wrong!

"It isn't easy being Jewish at Christmas time," declares Robin. Her neighbor Sandy Goldstein, who is Jewish, has a Chanukah Bush and Robin doesn't understand why she can't have one too. Her mother explains that "what Sandy Goldstein has is a
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Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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"That afternoon we practiced Christmas carols. I just mouthed the words. I didn't know if Jews were supposed to sing the words "little Lord Jesus" and "'ron yon Virgin." I did sing "Jingle Bells" and "White Christmas." They seemed safe." I feel like Sussman translated my kid thoughts about celebrating Hanukkah when it seemed like all the focus was on Christmas into a children's book. Also, I love the title of this book. ...more
Allison
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. My children are not old enough to read it, but as soon as they are--and the inevitable "Christmas envy" sets in--this is the book I will read to them. Robin gives voice to a lot of the thoughts Jewish kids have at this time of year, which is important and unusual, because we're often taught to just push down that jealousy and pretend it doesn't exist. And Grandpa! He is such a wonderful character. I had a Grandpa who was a lot like him.

In the end, the book has a wonderful mess
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