Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Moishe's Miracle


by Laura Krauss Melmed

On the night before Hanukkah, in the poor village of Wishniak, milkman Moishe's sharp-tongued wife, Baila, scolds him for being too generous with their hungry neighbors. Now they have no money to buy eggs and flour to make the traditional Hanukkah latkes. Moishe escapes to the cowshed to sleep in peace. When he awakens, he finds that his cows can speak to him: "MOO-oishe! MOO-oishe!" They inform him that he has been given a magical gift, a pan that, when set upon the fire totally empty, will produce as many latkes as he wishes. The gift comes with a warning, though. Only Moishe must use it. But what harm could it really do if Baila uses it just one time?

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Twas the Night Before Christmas


by Clement Clarke Moore

The classic Christmas narrative poem!

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Listen to the poem (animated video)

The Polar Express


by Chris Van Allsburg

Late one Christmas Eve, a boy boards a mysterious train that waits for him: the Polar Express bound for the North Pole!

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Listen to Lou Diamond Phillips read this story online

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!


by Bob Barner

This book provides an animated and informational look at some of our favorite little insect friends.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

The Adventures of Marco Polo


by Russell Freedman

He claimed to have seen rocks burn, bandits command sandstorms, lions tamed with a look, and sorcerers charm sharks while divers gathered pearls on the ocean floor. Marco Polo shook Europe with descriptions of the world he'd seen on his epic journey to the court of Kublai Khan.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Olive, the Other Reindeer


by Vivian Walsh

Instead of the lyric, ``All of the other reindeer,'' Olive the pup hears something else on the radio: ``Olive, the other reindeer.'' She concludes that she is to be Santa's canine helper, so heads up to the North Pole, to join the Christmas Eve flight.

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Listen to Gene Autry's original "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer"

A Light in the Darkness


by Aaron Zevy

Josh and Willy are next door neighbors and best friends. When a rock is thrown through the window of Josh's house while his family is celebrating Hanukah, it is young Willy who is able to rally the street in support.

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