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Scholastic: A Night Before Christmas (with Hannukah and Kwanzaa)

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
Profanity:None
Nudity/Sex:None
Alcohol/Drugs:None
Violence/Scariness:Mild peril
Diversity Issues:Diverse characters
DVD Release Date:2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
Profanity: None
Nudity/Sex: None
Alcohol/Drugs: None
Violence/Scariness: Mild peril
Diversity Issues: Diverse characters
DVD Release Date: 2009

My very favorite series has a special family treat for the winter holidays. Clement Moore’s classic poem about Santa Claus is read by Anthony Edwards. Theodore Bikel reads “In the Month of Kisley,” a delightful Hannukah story about a poor but happy family who teach a wealthy man the meaning of the holiday, featuring some clever insights into family happiness and a very wise judge. In “Seven Candles for Kwanzaa,” the Pinkney’s story and illustrations teach us the values of family, history, and community that each of the nights of the holiday symbolize, with Alfre Woodard narrating. Ed Martinez tells us about how Maria might have lost her mother’s ring in the “Too Many Tamales” she is making for Christmas dinner (Spanish and English narration). The set also includes three other Christmas stories: “Max’s Christmas,” “Morris’s Disappearing Bag,” and “The Little Drummer Boy.”

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