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The Trees of the Dancing Goats

Written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco
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Trisha loves the eight days of Hanukkah, when her mother stays home from work, her Babushka makes delicious potato latkes, and her Grampa carves wonderful animals out of wood as gifts for Trisha and her brother. In the middle of her family’s preparation for the festival of lights, Trisha visits her closest neighbors, expecting to find them decorating their house for Christmas. Instead they are all bedridden with scarlet fever. Trisha’s family is one of the few who has been spared from the epidemic. It is difficult for them to enjoy their Hanukkah feast when they know that their neighbors won’t be able to celebrate their holiday. Then Grampa has an inspiration: they will cut down trees, decorate them, and secretly deliver them to the neighbors, “But what can we decorate them with?” Babushka asks. Although it is a sacrifice, Trisha realizes that Grampa’s carved animals are the perfect answer. Soon her living room is filled with trees — but that is only the first miracle of many during an incredible holiday season. Based on a long cherished childhood memory, this story celebrates the miracle of true friendship.

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The Book Snob Mom
Mom, Avid Reader, Austen Fangirl

Another beautiful, heart-touching story by Patricia Polacco. I loved the merging of Hanukkah and Christmas and the reminder that we create the magic of Christmas (or Hanukkah) through our actions.

B is for Bookworm
Human Development Degree, Book-loving aunt

This is a wonderful story of helping one another celebrate the holidays, no matter which one you celebrate. I loved the message that giving to those in need is always better than getting. This is also a great story about the miracles of Hanukkah!

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November 1, 1996