Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein by Amanda Peet, ’90? and Andrea Troyer, illustrated by Christine Davinier. Young elementary school children will enjoy reading this picture book and even younger ones will love having it read to them. Helping Jewish children cope with their longing to belong as they view from the outside Santa and all the frenzied excitement of Christmas that comes with him is an age-old problem. Little Rachel just knows that the jolly old elf must care about her too. What she learns amounts to a lesson in comparative religion for the very young and may set her on a path of self-acceptance and tolerance for her future. I will definitely pass Dear Santa on to the kids library at my Unitarian church.
Sep 2, 2019
What’s it For? by Henry Humphrey ’49. I was surprised to find that the urban contraptions explained in this book are still mostly quite familiar even though the book is fifty years old. Manhole covers, standpipes, and grates still look pretty much the same. The gizmo where you put your change when you board the bus Is a thing of the past, and I suspect that night depositories have been rendered obsolete by ATMs. Still, the idea of engaging the curiosity of the young about objects they see every day is charming and timeless. I would still show this book to young children and ask if they wonder about the function of anything else.