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Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff

December 2011


When Mindy Saved Hanukkah

When Mindy Saved Hanukkah

by Eric Kimmel, illustrated by Barbara McClintock


"Once upon a time, a little family named Klein lived behind the walls of the Eldridge Street Synagogue." Thus begins the story of how a young girl named Mindy, along with her grandfather, Zayde, saved Hanukkah by getting a candle from the synagogue, notwithstanding the fierce cat, Antiochus. This story shows the importance of family and tradition as well as teaching about the eight nights of Hanukkah. It is a story of the courage of a young girl and her grandfather.





The Dumb Bunnies' Easter

The Dumb Bunnies' Easter

written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey (writing as Sue Denim-- get it?)


If you haven't met the Dumb Bunnies yet, you are in for quite a surprise. They are getting ready to celebrate the holiday that comes on December 25th-- Easter! Enjoy this silly story with your child. I hope you don't get any ideas to share with your family this holiday season from the Dumb Bunnies.





A Confused Hanukkah

A Confused Hanukkah: An Original Story of Chelm

by Jon Koons, illustrated by S.D. Schnidler


A charming holiday story based on the legendary town of fools. Hanukkah is approaching in the village of Chelm, but the Rabbi has disappeared. None of the villagers remembers how Hanukkah is celebrated. So they send a simple young man to the neighboring village to learn what he can. He makes a wrong turn, but he does find some people celebrating a holiday. The question is: is it the right holiday?




Mr. Putter and Tabby Bake the Cake

Mr. Putter and Tabby Bake the Cake

by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Arthur Howard


Mr. Putter and his cat, Tabby, decide to bake a cake for their favorite neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry-- except Mr. Putter hasn't given much thought to what it takes to bake a cake. A very cute and funny story showing the lengths a friend will go to to make the perfect gift. 





Seven Spools of Thread

Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story

by Angela Shelf Medearis, illustrated by Daniel Minter


Given the seemingly impossible task of turning seven spools of thread into gold, seven Ashanti brothers learn to stop quarreling and start working together. The principles of Kwanzaa are presented here in an entertaining and meaningful tale by a gifted storyteller.




The Story of Holly and Ivy

The Story of Holly and Ivy

by Rumer Godden, illustrated by Barbara Cooney


Ivy has lived in St. Agnes's Orphanage for all of her six years. Holly is a doll left all alone in a toyshop window on Christmas Eve. How the two of them find each other-- and a family to call their own-- will enchant young readers. With charming illustrations by two-time Caldecott winner Barbara Cooney.




The Christmas Giant

The Christmas Giant

written and illustrated by Steve Light


Humphrey the giant and Leetree the elf are two of Santa's helpers. They are in charge of making all the wrapping paper that Santa uses to wrap gifts. One year, Santa gives them a very special job-- growing the holiday tree for Christmastown. But all does not go as planned! A very sweet tale, different from your average Christmas story, with beautiful pen, ink, and pastel illustrations.






The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi

by O. Henry, illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger



This timeless story of a young couple's love and the sacrifices that each makes for the other is wonderful to read during the holiday season, and all year long.






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