Red and green and blue and white

by Wind, Lee,

Format: Print Book 2021
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 3 copies
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Summary
On a block dressed up in Red and Green one house shone Blue and White. It's a holiday season that both Isaac, whose family is Jewish, and Teresa, whose family is Christian, have looked forward to for months! They've been counting the days, playing in the snow, making cookies, drawing (Teresa) and writing poems (Isaac). They enjoy all the things they share, as well as the things that make them different. But when Isaac's window is smashed in the middle of the night, it seems like maybe not everyone appreciates 'difference'. Inspired by a true story, this is a tale of a community that banded together to spread light.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Every December Isaac's family places a blue-and-white Hanukkah menorah in their front window; neighbor Teresa's family (and others) decorate their windows in red and green for Christmas. One night someone throws a stone through Isaac's window, destroying his display as well as his sense of well-being. Despite fears, his family puts up another menorah the next night and are surprised (and gratified) to see that other neighbors do likewise. Based on a 1993 incident in Billings, Montana, Wind's straightforward account never preaches tolerance, instead allowing the courageous actions of community upstanders (people who stand up against bigotry rather than simply standing by) to set the example. Zelinsky's digital art features cheery, light-filled exteriors set against dark backgrounds; cozy interior scenes of holiday fun; and spreads emphasizing community solidarity with Isaac's family. The cover, a nighttime scene depicting concerned neighbors viewing Isaac's house through the broken glass, is particularly apt. This makes a thoughtful addition to the holiday shelves and a springboard to discussions of prejudice."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Isaac and his best friend and neighbor Teresa, both of whom appear white, have a lot in common: "They both loved playing in the snow,/ counting down to the holidays,// and thought you couldn't have too many sprinkles on a cookie." But Isaac is a member of the town's Jewish minority--"On a block dressed up in Red and Green,/ one house shone Blue and White"--and his family's menorah window display becomes the target of a hate crime. Wind's lightly fictionalized version of the 1993 incident wherein a community stood up to bigotry, taping pictures of menorahs to their own windows in solidarity, is conveyed with lyrical simplicity. The visual treatment here is particularly striking--Caldecott Medalist Zelinsky's vibrant digital art has the bold, rough-hewn textures of scratch block, and dramatic compositions that recall sweeping cinematography emphasize fraught emotions in this moving historical tale that encourages taking a stand. Back matter features an author's note that provides additional historical context. Ages 4--7. (Oct.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Antisemitism -- Juvenile fiction.
Hate crimes -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Neighbors -- Juvenile fiction.
Communities -- Juvenile fiction.
Antisemitism -- Fiction.
Hate crimes -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Neighbors -- Fiction.
Hanukkah -- Fiction.
Hanukkah fiction.
Publisher Montclair, N.J. :2021
Contributors Zelinsky, Paul O., illustrator.
Audience Ages 4-7; Grades K-1.
Language English
Notes "Inspired by a true story."
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 9781646140879
1646140877
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