A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Lots of information about Christmas and Hanukkah traditions, including the story behind each holiday and the foods and songs used to celebrate them.
The books' message is that it's fun to be "a mix of two traditions" and respect and celebrate both. As the girl narrator notes, "these traditional tales ... link us together today."
Positive Role Models
The little girl narrator is proud of her heritage, and her parents are models of respecting others' beliefs and traditions.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Christmas Daddy & Hanukkah Mama is a joyful look at a family that celebrates both holidays in food, song, storytelling, and decorations. Narrated by the daughter of this two-tradition family, the story presents diversity as fun and natural and makes respecting others' beliefs and culture look both easy and delightful.
Is It Any Good?
DADDY CHRISTMAS & HANUKKAH MAMA is a joyful celebration of two religious and cultural traditions under the same roof. Author-illustrator Selina Alko's spirited mixed-media illustrations are full of family coziness and comprehensive seasonal detail. It's a respectful look at the two traditions, with a multiracial cast of neighbors and relatives that subtly underscores the book's message about diversity and accepting others.
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