Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Gift of Christmas

Stars: ★★★★☆ Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing (2012)443 pagesSelf-Help/Motivational & Inspirational Summary: Share the magic and joy of Christmas. You’ll love these entertaining an inspirational stories of Christmas miracles, family reunions, charity, the wonder of children, the joy of giving, and heart-warming family and religious traditions.  – back of book Another great compilation of… Read More »

Hanukkah Stories: Thoughts on Family, Celebration and Joy by Nancy Rips (Hanukkah Gift Guide 2011)

This review is linked in my Hanukkah Gift Guide 2011 Stars: ***** My family celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah but since we aren’t actively Jewish I feel we miss part of the real celebration. The first part of the book made me feel like I was part of a Jewish household that solely celebrates Hanukkah and goes… Read More »

You Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs

Stars: **** St. Martin’s Press (2009)224 pages Summary: You’ve eaten too much candy at Christmas…but have you ever eaten the face off a six-foot-stuffed Santa? You’ve seen gingerbread houses…but have you ever made your own gingerbread tenement? You’ve woken up with a hangover…but have you ever woken up next to Kris Kringle himself? Augusten Burroughs… Read More »

The 13 Days of Halloween by Carol Greene

Stars: **** Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (September 2009) 978-1402230967 Ages 4-8 32 pages Everyone loves the 12 Days of Christmas well here is the 13 Days of Halloween. For each of the first 12 days the male creature gives the female creature a “gift” such as hissing cats, cooked worms, spiders, goblins and more. Now you can… Read More »