Red and Green and Blue and White by Lee Wind, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
Published by Levine Querido
Summary: Isaac’s house is the only one on the block decorated in blue and white instead of red and green as he and his best friend (and neighbor) Teresa count down the days until Chanukah and Christmas. Then one night a rock is thrown through the window of Isaac’s house. The family is scared but determined not to let their fear make them hide their faith. The next night, they light the menorah again. When Teresa sees the lit candles, she draws a picture of the menorah with the words “For Isaac,” and hangs it in her front window. Before long, others in town show the same support. Their drawings get on the news, and a few weeks later, there are 10,000 menorah pictures hanging in windows all over. Includes an author’s note with additional information about the 1993 real-life event in Billings, Montana that inspired this story. 32 pages; grades 1-5.
Pros: This brief but moving story tells of the power of good triumphing over evil, a perfect theme for the holiday season. The illustrations are filled with cozy comfort that’s in contrast to the broken glass on the cover.
Cons: Most reviewers recommend this for ages 4 and up, but I think the story would be better appreciated by an older audience, especially if you’re reading it to a group.
Sample Block Quote
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