For anyone who’s ever asked “Why can’t we have a Christmas tree?” comes a lighthearted story about being Jewish during the holiday season—by actress Amanda Peet!
Rachel Rosenstein is determined to celebrate Christmas this year—and the fact that her family is Jewish is not going to stop her. In a series of hilarious and heartwarming mishaps, Rachel writes a letter to Santa explaining her cause, pays him a visit at the mall, and covertly decorates her house on Christmas Eve (right down to latkes for Santa and his reindeer). And while Rachel may wrestle with her culture, customs, and love of sparkly Christmas ornaments, she also comes away with a brighter understanding of her own identity and of the gift of friends and family.
Inspired by actress Amanda Peet’s experience with her own children, Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein is sure to be a new holiday classic!
This book was fantastic! I loved the illustrations and experiencing Rachel’s perspective on being Jewish. I particularly loved that this book had a story and journey in it, rather than being more of a pure explanation of what Hanukkah is.
This is a great holiday book for those who celebrate Hanukkah and have many friends that celebrate Christmas. Rachel feels a little left out since she doesn’t get to celebrate Christmas, but learns that there are a lot of great holidays! The illustrations in this book are pretty cute, and there are some funny moments to the story that I appreciated. :)
As a young girl growing up in Tours, France, Christine Davenier loved listening to her older sister read fairy tales aloud. But she frequently found herself wondering, What does the princess’s beautiful dress look like? or How exquisite are her jewels? Christine was left to her own imagination, for the books had few illustrations. So it comes as little surprise that today, Christine embraces her career as an illustrator. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to create the illustrations I dreamed about seeing as a child,” she says. When Christine was fourteen, she received her first box of watercolor paints, a gift from her grandmother. That was the beginning of many afternoons spent painting together in her grandmother’s garden. “My grandmother was an extraordinary woman,” Christine says. “Even though she worked in an office all her life, she was an artist through and through. She shared everything she knew about color—in painting and in life. Her wisdom and talent still inspire me today.” She has illustrated many picture books, including The Other Dog by Madeline L’Engle and The Very Fairy Princess series by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton. Christine lives in Paris, France.