One of my favorite things about the holidays is pulling out my collection of Christmas books that I’ve gathered over the last 19 years of being a mom. I am excited to add a new, totally adorable, totally unique holiday book for kids: Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein. I was given a copy of the new book to read with my own family, as well as a copy (and Bundle Up Prize Pack) to share with a lucky reader. All thoughts are my own. Amazon affiliate links used within this post.
My family lives in a very diverse area, and I love that my kids have had the chance to grow up surrounded by people who look, think, and believe differently than they do. It makes life so much more colorful and interesting. Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein addresses the diversity so many of us experience…from a sweet little girl’s perspective. She loves her Jewish family and heritage but she watches longingly as her friends and neighbors all celebrate Christmas. With her child-like faith, she finally writes a letter to Santa and waits eagerly to see what happens….
I think this is a beautiful story, not just for Jewish kids, but for all kids, regardless of their faith or their heritage, because it helps remind us all that our differences are what make us unique and give us our identity – and that’s something to celebrate!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Actress Amanda Peet brings us a hilarious holiday drama in a story that every Jewish family will relate to and appreciate.
Rachel Rosenstein wonders why Santa Claus never visits her house. But this year is going to be different–even though her family is Jewish and doesn’t observe Christmas. With hilarious and heartwarming mishaps, Rachel visits Santa at the mall with her special request, writes a letter to Santa explaining her cause, and clandestinely decorates the house on Christmas Eve (right down to latkes for the reindeer). And while Rachel may wrestle with her culture, customs, and love of sparkly Christmas ornaments, she also comes away with a brighter understanding of her own identity and of the gift of friends and family.
Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein is geared towards ages 3-7, but fun for all ages (my 10 and 12 year olds both loved it). It is written by Amanda Peet and Andrea Troyer; illustrated by Christine Davenier and it’s available now!
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
Amanda Peet is an actress and playwright. Her first play, “The Commons of Pensacola,” starring Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker, opened to critical acclaim in 2014 at Manhattan Theater Club. A native of New York, Peet graduated from Columbia University with a degree in American History. She has appeared in numerous films, including “Please Give,” “Syriana,” “Something’s Gotta Give,” and “The Whole Nine Yards.” She also starred in the TV series “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” and the Broadway revival of Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park.” Peet stars in a new comedy series, “Togetherness” for HBO, debuting in fall 2014.
Andrea Troyer grew up in Minnesota and received an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two young boys.
Christine Davenier is the illustrator of many children’s books, including Julie Andrews’s “The Very Fairy Princess” series. She lives in Paris, France.
Learn more at PenguinRandomHouse.com #RachelRosenstein #XmasEnvy
Enter to Win a BUNDLE UP Prize Pack
- A copy of Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein
- A warm set of kid’s gloves, scarf, and hat.
Note: Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Penguin Random House. This giveaway will run through Tuesday, November 24 at 11:59 pm ET, after which a winner will be drawn at random and notified via email. Good luck!
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