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Festive Tales for Independent Readers

From encounters with St. Nick to enthralling and enduring folktales, these books invite your child to celebrate diverse festivals of light.
 
Cover image for The Bells of Christmas
The Bells of Christmas
by Virginia Hamilton Illustrated by Lambert Davis

Twelve-year-old Jason Bell waits impatiently for Christmas 1890.

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Cover image for Confused Hanukkah: An Original Story of Chelm
Confused Hanukkah: An Original Story of Chelm
by Jon Koons Illustrated by S. D. Schindler

Hanukkah is fast approaching in the village of Chelm, but the Rabbi is away. Unfortunately, not one of the villagers remembers how Hanukkah is supposed to be celebrated. So they send Yossel, a simple young man, to the neighboring village to learn what he can.

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Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story
by Angela Shelf Medearis Illustrated by Daniel Minter

In an African village live seven brothers who make family life miserable with their constant fighting. When their father dies, he leaves an unusual will: by sundown, the brothers must make gold out of seven spools of thread. If they fail, they will be turned out as beggars.

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