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Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein
by Amanda Peet and Andrea Troyer and Christine Davenier


Overview - For anyone who's ever asked "Why can't we have a tree?" comes a "lighthearted" ( USA Today ) book about being Jewish during the Christmas season from 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.  Read more...


 
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More About Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein by Amanda Peet; Andrea Troyer; Christine Davenier
 
 
 
Overview
For anyone who's ever asked "Why can't we have a tree?" comes a "lighthearted" (USA Today) book about being Jewish during the Christmas season from 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 Amanda Peet's experience with her own children, Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein is sure to be a new holiday classic

"Many Jewish kids in America can probably relate to Amanda Peet's new children's book." --Time.com

"It's not just for kids: Any grown-ups who remember what it's like being a Jewish kid when everyone else seems to be caroling around Christmas trees and putting out cookies for Santa will love it, too." --Bustle.com

"Packs a lesson in cultural understanding." --The Chicago Tribune

"There's lots of humor in the text ("Dear Santa...I know that you are a fair person and will not mind that I am Jewish. After all so was Jesus, at least on his mother's side") and in the lively, scribbly, colorful illustrations. But the authors wisely don't gloss over Rachel's feelings--which can be common for anyone who doesn't celebrate Christmas that time of year." --The Horn Book

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780553510614
  • ISBN-10: 0553510614
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: October 2015
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-7
  • Dimensions: 9.8 x 10 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Holidays & Celebrations - Other, Religious
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Holidays & Celebrations - Hanukkah
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Religious - Jewish

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-09-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

Rachel belongs to a loving, observant Jewish familythe kind where every Shabbat, her friends and family passed around the challah and said the same blessings that Papa Murray said as a child. But when Christmas comes around, Rachel wants to be part of the celebration; she felt like a kid in a candy store with no mouth. Actress Peet and her friend/coauthor Troyer, both newcomers to childrens books, handle Rachels obsession and her familys strong sense of religious identity with equal empathy and humor; as Rachels mother explains, Sometimes, no matter how badly we want something, we just have to accept what is. But the storys real inspiration is having disconsolate Rachel run into her Buddhist, Muslim, and Hindi friends all at the same Chinese restaurant on Christmas Daya lovely and pointed reminder that America is a land of many great holidays. Ages 37. Authors agents: Joseph Veltre and Allison Cohen, Gersh Agency. (Oct.)

 
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