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It’s Christmastime for Chanukah books

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 | Permalink

Lisa Silverman, children’s editor of Jewish Book World, has an article in Jewish Journal on Chanukah picture books:

If someone brought you a Christmas tree as a gift, would you accept it?

It’s Brooklyn, 1948. You’re Jewish, ten years old, and the great Jackie Robinson and his family just moved in next door. Your family is kind to the new neighbors while others shun them due to their race. You befriend Jackie’s son, Jackie Jr., and you idolize his dad, enjoying special trips to Ebbets Field to watch the Dodgers from seats reserved for the ball player’s families. One Christmas eve you even help the Robinsons decorate their tree. After mentioning to them that your family doesn’t own a Christmas tree, you are surprised to answer the doorbell later to witness the smiling second baseman standing at your door lugging a new Christmas tree he wants to give your family. This is because a) he doesn’t know you are Jewish, and b) he thinks you are too poor to buy your own.

What do you do?

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