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Ages: 5-9

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Grade: 3

Guided Reading Level: N

A Chanukah Noel

by: Sharon Jennings
illustrated by: Gillian Newland

A Christmas at Chanukah?


Charlotte and her family have just moved to a small town in France. There is a lot to get used to - a new language, new friends, a new school. Even the milk tastes different. As Christmas draws near, Charlotte is amazed to see the town transform itself. The streets are decorated, the shops are full of presents, and the smells of cinnamon and chocolate fill the air. Charlotte, who is Jewish, longs to have a Christmas too. Can she find a way to celebrate the spirit of both Christmas and Chanukah?

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"Captures both the holiday spirit and the feeling of a French village. Good to have on hand at holiday time." - Booklist

"This quiet and charming slice of life, which assumes a basic knowledge of both holidays, shares enough details (chocolate on a baguette as a school snack) to give readers a flavor of Charlotte’s new life. The attractive, realistic paintings depict a timeless French village–this story might take place now or several decades ago. A fine cross-cultural choice for larger collections." - School Library Journal


"Jennings' evocative descriptions, together with Gillian Newland's finely rendered illustrations, capture the sights, scents, and tastes of the French countryside. Newland uses an unusually dark palette, but it works. Though Charlotte's story is set in the past, the book's message is timeless: the joy or giving and sharing with family and friends far outshines a thousand shiny baubles." - Quill & Quire


"A poignant story for kids aged five to nine, in which a young Jewish girl who has moved with her parents to a new country answers a classmate’s cruelty with an act of simple generosity that transforms the holidays." - The Georgia Straight Magazine


"A Chanukah Noel is a Christmas story with a difference. As its title implies, it involves someone who’s Jewish. ... In the end, Charlotte gets her Christmas experience and readers learn a universal truth: It’s better to give than to receive." - The Montreal Gazette


"Sharon Jennings’s recounting of Charlotte’s story is perfect in every way, as are Gillian Newlands’s powerful paintings, which reflect the depth and weight of this Chanukah/Christmas story." - The Globe and Mail


"Transplanted from Canada to France, Charlotte mopes that her Jewish family doesn’t celebrate Noel like her schoolmates. Then she comes up with a perfect solution — a Chanukah gift of Noel and all its fixings, delivered to a needy family in the village. This true story comes from the life of a beloved champion of children’s literature, Charlotte Teeple of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre." - The Toronto Star


"A Chanukah Noel is a beautiful Christmas story. The illustrations in this book are amazing. Congratulations to illustrator Gillian Newland, as her pictures are just as touching as the story. There is so much detail in each picture that you just can't take your eyes away." - Kidswwwrite.com


"A Chanaukah Noel touches on themes of acceptance, empathy, respect, and kindness... [it is so] worth purchasing and reading to your class during the holiday season. 5/5 hearts." -ETFO VOICE, December 19, 2012

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Guided Reading Level: N

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