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Light the Lights: A Story about Celebrating Hanukkah & Christmas

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Light the Lights!: A Story about Celebrating Hanukkah & Christmas

written and illustrated by Margaret Moorman

Ages 6-9, 32 pages

Emma’s family celebrates both Hanukkah and Christmas. The holiday religions aren’t mentioned, but the book highlights the family’s traditions during the holiday season. The book begins with Emma helping unpack and clean the menorah. They light the lights each ┬ánight and set the menorah near the window for everyone to see. The children play dreidel, exchange Hanukkah gifts, and taste latkes. Soon the family picks a Christmas tree and decorate it with friends. They light the lights upon the Christmas tree as the tinsel and lights shine. The season ends as Emma helps put away the Hanukkah menorah and Christmas decorations inside the same box.

I enjoyed this book, because not many books highlight families that celebrate different holidays. I like the book’s title Light the Lights!, since each holiday has its own version of lights that brighten the dark winter nights. This book can especially be a welcome for families that celebrate various┬áreligions in the household.