Washington Family Magazine : December 2017
washingtonFAMILY.com December 2017 37 discover that the true meaning of Christmas is joining with loved ones to celebrate the joy of being together. From the creator of Peanut Butter & Cupcake, this Christmas story delivers heart, humor and plenty of “punny” holiday cheer. 7. The Missing Letters: A Dreidel Story By: Renee LondneR Ages: 4-9 It’s almost Hanukkah and the dreidel-maker’s shop is busy. But all is not well for the four Hebrew letters that will soon go on the wooden tops. The Heys, the Nuns and the Shins are jealous of everyone’s favorite letter, the Gimel. They decide to hide the Gimels so that the dreidel-maker can’t use them. But then, the other letters learn that the Hanukkah story wouldn’t be complete without the Gimels! Is it too late for the missing letters to be found? 8. Merry Christmas from the Very Hungry Caterpillar By: eRic cARLe Ages: 3-5 Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a celebration of all that is festive during the holiday season. The book is full of Eric Carle’s bright, colorful artwork of Christmas delights—from presents to snowflakes and even Santa Claus— with The Very Hungry Caterpillar making an appearance alongside each one. This sweet little book is the perfect Christmas present for readers young and old. 9. Trolls Holiday The Deluxe Junior Novelization By: dAvid LewmAn Ages: 8-11 When the eternally optimistic Poppy, queen of the Trolls, learns that the Bergens no longer have any holidays on their calendar, she enlists the help of Bridget, her new mismatched bestie and the rest of the gang on a delightfully quirky mission to fix something that the Bergens don’t think is broken. You can’t stop the music when DreamWorks’ Trolls arrives just in time for the holidays. 10. Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas By: AnjAn sARkAR Ages: 4-7 In this sweet and humorous pic- ture book, a multi-cultural fam- ily (Mom’s Indian; Dad’s Jewish) celebrate Hanukkah while in- corporating traditional Indian food. Instead of latkes, this family celebrates Hanukkah with tasty Indian dosas. To her brother’s chagrin, little Sadie won’t stop climbing on everything both at home and at the Indian gro- cery store, even while preparing the dosas. As the family puts the finish- ing touches on their holiday prepa- rations, they accidentally get locked out of the house. Sadie and her climbing skills just may be exactly what is needed to save the day. 11. A World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa’s Tasty Trip Around the World By: m.e. FuRmAn Ages: 4-7 This story takes readers across the globe to see all the treats that await Santa on Christmas Eve. Head to the Philippines, where children leave out “puto seko” cookies and ginger tea for Santa; jet to Russia for a honey- spice cookie; then set out for Malawi for a sweet potato cookie! When you’ve returned home, the journey’s still not over—M. E. Furman provides recipes for children to bake some of Santa’s cookies for themselves. 12. Way Too Many Latkes: A Hanukkah in Chelm By: LindA gLAseR Ages: 3-8 Faigel makes the best Hanukkah latkes in Chelm, but somehow, this year, she’s forgotten how to make them! She sends her husband, Shmuel, to ask the rabbi for help. And in Chelm, the village of fools, this becomes a recipe for disaster!