Candlelight for Rebecca (American Girl Collection Series: Rebecca #3)

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Rebecca is troubled when her teacher assigns her class to make Christmas decorations. Rebecca's family is Jewish and doesn't celebrate Christmas, but her teacher says Christmas is a national holiday, for all Americans to celebrate. Yet Rebecca knows she's as American as anyone else, even without celebrating Christmas! She wants to please her teacher, but she's sure her family will be upset. Then, on the first night of Hanukkah, Rebecca finds kindness in an unexpected place, and learns the real meaning of the holiday season. Includes an illustrated Looking Back section about Christmas and Hanukkah in 1914.

Children's Literature

Rebecca Rubin, a Jewish-American girl living in New York City in 1914, loves celebrating Hanukah with her family, but her teacher, Miss Malone, assigns the class to make Christmas decorations. Even though Miss Malone tells Rebecca that Christmas is a national holiday, Rebecca wonders whether it is wrong to make Christmas decorations. What will her family think? Will her grandmother, Bubba, disapprove of the centerpiece that Rebecca worked so hard to create, and does Rebecca's Jewish faith really make her less American than her classmates? Just when Rebecca begins to doubt the strength of her own patriotism, she realizes the true spirit of the holiday season is caring and loving family and friends. Rebecca takes pride in creating Hanukah presents for her family. In this heart-warming story from the American Girl series, Rebecca comes to terms with her Jewish faith and learns how to celebrate the holiday season by reaching out to neighbors and friends in need. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.

Author : Jacqueline Dembar Greene

Publisher : American Girl Publishing

Published Year : June 2009

Format : Hardcover - Hardcover, 96 pages

Subject : Hanukkah stories, Christmas stories, Jews, Jews--New York (State)--New York--Juvenile fiction, Toleration, Toleration--Juvenile fiction, Schools, Schools--Juvenile fiction, Homing pigeons, Homing pigeons--Juvenile fiction, Pigeons, Pigeons--Juvenile fiction, History, PZ7.G834 Can 2009, [Fic]

Language : Eng English

Dimensions : 85 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 23 cm.

ISBN : 159369525X

ISBN13 : 9781593695255