When the world is at its darkest, we look for light. And truly you will find it in this dazzling picture book. Because it conveys what’s most important — that we are all different. And yet, when we look inside, we are the same. This inspiring story celebrates love and community, Christmas and Chanukah. With brilliant words and illustrations, you will come back to this book again and again.
Inspired by a true story, this is a tale of a community that banded together to spread light.
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."
★ "Wind's lightly fictionalized version of the 1993 incident wherein a community stood up to bigotry . . . is conveyed with lyrical simplicity. The visual treatment here is particularly striking—Caldecott Medalist Zelinsky's vibrant digital art has bold, rough-hewn textures of scratch block, and dramatic compositions . . . .[A] moving historical tale that encourages taking a stand." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ "Zelinsky has covered every page with bright colors, with optional text that dances through the pictures and occasional vignettes that add detail and movement to the story. This is a strong addition to holiday stories, one that can be reread and rediscovered many times and whose theme of community support and friendship is appropriate year-round." —School Library Connection, starred review
"[A] quiet, uplifting tale. . . . Readers will feel heartened at children's power to influence others to stand up for justice and defeat vile prejudice. . . . The true meaning of the holiday season shines here." —Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Lee Wind, M.Ed. is the author of the MG nonfiction No Way, They Were Gay?: Hidden Lives and Secret Loves and the YA novel Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill. Lee works for IBPA and SCBWI, and lives in Los Angeles with his husband and their teenage daughter, where he writes stories to empower kids and teens to change the world. Visit him online at www.leewind.org.
Paul O. Zelinsky has become recognized as one of the most inventive artists in the field of children's literature. Among his many honors are the 1998 Caldecott Medal for Rapunzel, as well as Caldecott Honors for three other books: Hansel and Gretel (1985), Rumpelstiltskin (1987), and Swamp Angel (1995). In 2018, Paul was given the Carle Honor Award for Illustration. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, New York. They have two grown daughters.
“The true meaning of the holiday season shines here.” -Kirkus Reviews,
[STAR] “A strong addition to holiday stories, one that can be reread and rediscovered many times and whose theme of community support and friendship is appropriate year-round.” -School Library Connection (starred),
[STAR] “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.”-Publishers Weekly (starred),
[STAR] “Captures the celebratory joys of the season. ”-The Horn Book (starred),
“[A] moving tale about community solidarity.”-Foreword Reviews,
“Vibrant and compassionate...Wind and Zelinsky's offering gives young readers an inspirational, empathy-building story about honoring your identity and standing up against hate. Stronger together, indeed.” -Shelf-Awareness,