Dear Santa, Love Rachel Rosenstein

Dear Santa, Love Rachel Rosenstein
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October 20, 2015

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. "will help introduce young readers to other cultures while allowing them to preserve the magic of their own."—Booklist "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

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Teaches a valuable lesson
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This is definitely a good book to read around the holidays and I liked that it teaches a valuable lesson about how different cultures celebrate different holidays and that it's okay. Sure, Christmas is fun and all, but there's amazement and wonder to be found in all types of holidays and they should all be appreciated.

With that said, I liked how determined Rachel was to get Santa to come to her house. It was very cute.

I didn't particularly like the illustrations though. Personally, they weren't as eye-catching as I like my children's books to be. It has more of a classical feel to it, and I guess that's probably what they were going for, so if you like that, then you'll like the illustrations.
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