Kar-Ben Publishing (1994), Paperback, 32 pages
When a storm grounds their plane, a Jewish family celebrates Hanukkah with a Yupik Eskimo family and discovers they share many customs.
32 p.; 10.02 x 7.99 inches
0929371801 / 9780929371801
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Living in sunny California it is easy to forget what real winter is about. In this situation Diana Cohen Conway's Northern Lights: A Hanukkah Story can come to the rescue. In it a Jewish girl is stranded for Hanuakkah in Alaska by the weather and is hosted by an Inuit family. There real cultural exchange happens as she tells them the story of Hanukkah and they share with her bits of their culture, both material and literary. Meanwhile on every page we encounter stunning watercolor paintings by Shelly O. Haas, mostly in light blues and yellows, showing not just the two young girls developing friendship, but attempting to capture the atmosphere of northern lights. It is a simple story, for simple times with simple lesson about the value of multicultural sharing and discovering our similarities.
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