THE TREES OF THE DANCING GOATS by Patricia Polacco

THE TREES OF THE DANCING GOATS

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Age Range: 7 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A generous act in a time of need is the highlight of this unforced Hanukkah/Christmas tale from Polacco (Babushka's Mother Goose, 1995, etc.). The narrator recalls the bustle of her family's Michigan farmhouse years ago as Hanukkah approached, with women and children clustering in the kitchen and Grampa, in his workshop, busily carving and painting small animals as gifts. Their non-Jewish neighbors celebrate a different December holiday with different customs but the same spirit--until one year when all are bedridden with scarlet fever. It seems only right to make a Christmas tree for each--but what can they use for decorations? Grampa's animals, of course. Polacco's familiar medley of bright striped and floral print clothing surrounding friendly pink faces creates a perfect visual counterpart to her well-told, sentimental story. Make sure readers have their hankies ready. (Picture book. 7-9)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-689-80862-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1996




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