(Pdf Read) Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf Author Greg Wolfe

Shmelf the Hanukkah ElfSummary Shmelf an elf in Santa s workshop becomes concerned for the good children who don t get presents from Santa because they re Jewish REVIEW BOO TO THIS BOOK A Boo to this book A of my least favorite elements 1 Let s not confuse religious olidays Hanukkah and Christmas are both beautiful olidays in their own ways 2 Let s not pretend that all Red Skelton S Favorite Ghost Stories holiday traditions can be euivocated Yes both of theseolidays traditionally ave gifts but for different reasons "3 Since this book euated Christmas and Hanukkah together why not "Since this book euated Christmas and Hanukkah together why not ow people who celebrate them Not all Christians get gifts from Santa to get them from baby Jesus or the 3 Wise Men are also worldwide traditions Anyways this book really annoyed me and I wouldn t recommend it at all I almost gave it one star but I usually reserve that for books that I didn t finish because I Helbul Yn Y Syrcas hated them so much Consider this 11 stars Such a fun book Illustrations are great storyline is precious and would expose unfamiliar students to Hanukkah This was a great tool to explain to my 5 and three year old what Hanukkah was It was their first introduction into religion This book was an amazing teaching tool and I would recommend it to anyone Cute simple great illustrations and just really well thought out We celebrate Christmas but my six year old wanted to learn about Hannukah so I picked up all the books I could get myands on As I read it to Early S Pride her the other night I grew uneasy and then downright angryThe overall message to children is that Hannukah isn t good enough that Santa needs to step in andave an elf liven up the Holiday It Is Patronizing And It is patronizing and Even my six year old knew that this book was garbage Asking uestions about why Hannukah needed Santa s Nelle De Vilvq help It doesn tI can t remember a time I read a children s book that made me this uncomfortable and angryIf you are looking for stories of Hanukah and you celebrate Christmas there are so many good books to chose from One that mixes botholidays is Daddy Christmas Hanukkah Mama or A Hanukah with Mazel Those were two of our favs this year but we read loads that were just as great As a Jew I am sensitive about Sinful Heat holiday books There are several themes common inoliday books that I find make me feel very much an outsider They include books about the magic of Christmas nothing to make you feel lower than vaunting a oliday you don t or can t participate in books that attempt to showcase Christmas and the other olidays toomy understanding is that Christmas Black Dixie Afro Texan History And Culture In Houston has central religious and spiritual significance in most Christians lives whereas Hanukkah might not break the top 5 of significant interesting or momentous Jewisholidays I m counting Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippur Passover Shavuot and Tish B Av as way important than Hannukah and us too books like this one shows Santa giving Shmelf an opportunity to visit Jewish families I don t know why a paganChristian symbolic figure Fairy Tales Of Ireland has to be the one in this story to organize gifts for Jewish children It emphasizes that Christian is normal and default while Jews are unusual or somehow lacking in their lack ofoliday spirit And this book is not al. Shmelf is one of Santa's most important elves He's part of the List Checking department and Gate Deadlock he makes sure all the good boys and girls get their presents But when Shmelf finds out that some children are missing from Santa's liste goes to investigateWhat Shmelf uncovers is Hanukkah a wondrous and joyful oliday that Jewish One in books that do that What a fun book Shelf the Hanukkah Elf made me laugh out loud several times with its clever word play and "I always love a good rhyme The illustrations are both umorous and beautiful I especially like the simple but "always love a good rhyme The illustrations are both The Ordinance Of Covenanting humorous and beautiful I especially like the simple but explanation of why Hanukkah is celebrated A great addition to myoliday book collection In looking through the GR reviews I was surprised so many people found only the negative in this "book Personally I thought Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf addressed a real concern Does Santa ignore Jewish children good or bad I "Personally I thought Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf addressed a real concern Does Santa ignore Jewish children good or bad I that the Jewish families were depicted as The Accidental Sorcerer happy before Shmelf came into their lives but that the elf s presence brought even joy The most important part was that yes Santa sees all children That s why the author wrote this and I feel it truly succeeded in bringingoliday cheer to all As an adult I can find ChristmasHanukkah mashups like this amusing I think this story would make a great SNL sketch along the lines of Hanukkah Harry But that s because I Modernleen Trkiye Nin Tarihi have the background knowledge to understand why combining theseolidays is silly The target audience for this book does not The Silver Locomotive Mystery have that understandingSome suggest that because it s a lighthearted children s book that the message doesn t matter I believe the message matters much in a children s book and this book s message is as Rachel K stated Youroliday is not good enough Hanukkah needs to be like Christmas Children are learning The Everafter how the world works and this book tells them that it works by assimilation and emulation of the dominant cultureSome protest that Santa Claus is not a religious figure That does not mattere is

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a symbol of Christmas by association of Christianity Embracing such symbols is not a Jewish thing to doTo Christian readers who are seeking books to introduce their children to Hanukkah and Judaism I commend you for that I d suggest titles such as The Latke Who Couldn t Stop Screaming by Lemony Snicket as a On Tpe Mystery Stories 2 Adventures hilarious and accurate comparison of these two winterolidays Chanukah Lights Everywhere by Michael Rosen for a positive portrayal of Jews celebrating their own oliday within the context of the larger culture and Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko for a story of an interfaith family A cute story for younger kids to older kids This is a fun oliday tale for Jewish kids One of Santa s elfs was checking the Good and Naughty list and found that many good children were on the good list and still not getting toys from Santa Shmelf found out that Santa does visit Jewish children as their parents provide for them Shmelf Sosyal Bilimleri Yeniden Dnmek had to go see forimself and feel in love with the tradition Santa makes the elf the official Jewish Elf with a reindeer named Asher and The Land Of Little Rain his own blue sled He wears Blue and white He visitsomes during Hanukkah bringing luck and Own The World How Smart Investors Create Global Portfolios holiday cheerThe artwork is lovely and there is plenty of magic in the story I think this is a fun idea for a story I don t know if it will catch on It s a nice way to understand different people and maybe it can build some bridges for children with their religionThe kids go to Montessori sch. Amilies celebrate each year As Shmelf observes a family lighting the menorah playing dreidel andearing the Hanukkah story My World S The Stage Miranda Welch Book 2 he seesow special the traditions of the Sir Lofty And Sir Tubb holiday truly are ande wants to be a part of it Luckily Santa just might ave a special role in mind for ShmelfThe rich traditions of Hanukkah come to life in. Ool and so they about many other religions and this is nothing new for them The nephew did love the Shmelf elf They said they still prefer Santa Claus but they would like 8 days of presents too The niece gave this 3 stars and the nephew gave this 4 stars I CAN T EVEN GIVE THIS BOOK 1 STAR "In my 19 years as a librarian reading and reviewing children s books Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf might be "my 19 years as a librarian reading and reviewing children s books Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf might be most insensitive inappropriate disrespectful and offensive picture book I ve ever seen Here are my specific objections to this book1 The Jewish family is depicted as enjoying a lovely Hanukkah celebration everyone is appy there are plenty of presents latkes dreidels and gelt and the menorah is burning brightly But Shmelf and Santa still feel that their celebration somehow isn t meaningful and special enough on its own and is in need of a dose of Christmas magic I find this patronizing and insulting2 The philosophy that Jews can believe in Santa and Christmas magic and that Santa believes in them too is not an idea that is promoted in mainstream Judaism and is not a philosophy that a mainstream secular publisher should be validating or promoting You will be Juan Bobo And The Queen S Necklace A Puerto Rican Folk Tale hard pressed to find a rabbi or Jewish educator who encourages Jewish families to adapt and add Christian traditions and practices like leaving out a latke and pickle for one of Santa s elves to their Jewisholiday celebrations3 The istory of Hanukkah is anti assimilationist the Maccabees fought to maintain their Jewish identity rather than be absorbed into the mainstream Hellenistic culture Thus the meaning of Hanukkah is in direct opposition to the meaning of Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf which glorifies the adoption of customs from the dominant culture by those in the minority4 Christmas is a major oliday with significant religious meaning while Hanukkah is a minor Believe holiday on the Jewish calendar They are in no way euivalent and modern similarities are mostly a result of the commercialization of the entire season This book incorrectly depicts Hanukkah as the Jewish Christmas5 The fact that only Jewish children are singled out in the story is problematic There are many other religious groups in America and around the world who do not celebrate Christmas Is Bloomsbury planning to turn this into a series where Santa appoints a special elf to spread Christmas magic to Muslim Hindu and Jehovah s Witness children If this sounds absurd then why is it okay to invent a Hanukkah elf Additionally the listing of Jewish names always carries an uncomfortable resonance think Schindler s List While young readers may not notice this I find it to be an insensitive and tone deaf literary deviceAs with the controversies that surrounded books like A Birthday Cake for George Washington and When We Was Fierce where well intentioned authors unintentionally created works with disrespectful messages for minority readers I feel that Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf tells Jewish readers Youroliday is not good enough Hanukkah needs to be like Christmas This is a message that neither Jewish nor Christian readers need to Glucocorticoids And Mood Clinical Manifestations Risk Factors And Molecular Mechanisms Volume 1179 hear much less readers of any other religio. This whimsical and magical story that's perfect for theoliday seasonAwards for I Need My Monster Alabama Camellia Award 2010 2011Arizona Grand Canyon Reader Award 2011 California Young Readers Medal 2011 12Georgia Picture Storybook Award 2011 12Nevada Young Reader Award 2011 12Virginia Reader's Choice Primary Award 2012


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    (Pdf Read) Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf Author Greg Wolfe Read & Download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Û Greg Wolfe Summary Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf I CAN'T EVEN GIVE THIS BOOK 1 STAR In my 19 years as a librarian reading and reviewing children's books Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf might be the most insensitive inappropriate disrespectful and offensive picture book I've ever

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    (Pdf Read) Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf Author Greg Wolfe A cute story for younger kids to older kids This is a fun holiday tale for Jewish kids One of Santa’s elfs was checking the Good and Naughty list and found that many good children were on the good list and still not getting toys from Santa

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    (Pdf Read) Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf Author Greg Wolfe As an adult I can find ChristmasHanukkah mashups like this amusing I think this story would make a great SNL sketch along the lines

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    Greg Wolfe Û 9 Download Read & Download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Û Greg Wolfe Summary Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf In looking through the GR reviews I was surprised so many people found only the negative in this book Personally I thought Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf addressed a real concern Does Santa ignore Jewish children good or bad? I love that the Jewish families were depicted as happy before Shmelf came into their lives bu

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    (Pdf Read) Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf Author Greg Wolfe Read & Download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Û Greg Wolfe Summary Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf What a fun book Shelf the Hanukkah Elf made me laugh out loud several times with its clever word play and I alway

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    (Pdf Read) Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf Author Greg Wolfe As a Jew I am sensitive about holiday books There are several themes common in holiday books that I find make me feel very much an outsider They include books about the magic of Christmas nothing to make you feel lower than vaunting a holiday you don't or can't participate in books that attempt to showcase Christmas and the other ho

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    (Pdf Read) Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf Author Greg Wolfe We celebrate Christmas but my six year old wanted to learn about Hannukah so I picked up all the books I could get my hands on As I read it to her the other night I grew uneasy and then downright angryThe overall message to children

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    (Pdf Read) Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf Author Greg Wolfe Read & Download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Û Greg Wolfe This was a great tool to explain to my 5 and three year old what Hanukkah was It was their first introduction into religion This book was an amazing teaching tool and I would recommend it to anyone Cute simple great illustrations and just really well thought out

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    (Pdf Read) Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf Author Greg Wolfe Read & Download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Û Greg Wolfe Summary Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf Such a fun book Illustrations are great storyline is precious and would expose unfamiliar students to Hanukkah

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    Summary Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf Read & Download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Û Greg Wolfe Greg Wolfe Û 9 Download Summary Shmelf an elf in Santa's workshop becomes concerned for the good children who don't get presents from Santa because they're Jewish Review Boo to this book A few of my least favorite elements 1 Let's not confuse religious holidays Hanukkah and Christmas are both beautiful holidays in their own ways 2 Let's not pretend that all holiday traditions can be euivocated Yes both of these holidays traditionally have gifts but for different

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