This week we have a sampling of books related to Hanukkah, Christmas, and gift giving. A couple merit specific mention.
To grade 4 I am reading The Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree, by David Rubel. Every year since 2007 the Rockefeller Center has donated the tree to Habitat for Humanity, which uses it to construct homes for people in need. The Carpenter's Gift constructs a fairly elaborate fictional story around the Rockefeller Center's tradition, but I like the book because it allows me to mention the excellent work done by Habitat for Humanity. Below is a picture from 1931 of the first Rockefeller Center tree, purchased by the construction workers shown in the photo with it. Since this was during the Great Depression, the tree was decorated with shiny tin cans and other scraps, but still provided holiday cheer.
Happy holidays to everyone at Pennekamp! See you in the new year!