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Unable to afford a plentiful quantity of traditional blintzes as the Jewish holiday of Shavuot approaches, Sarah and Max prepare for the holiday in a whimsically roundabout way that helps them understand the true meaning of cooperation and family. Reprint.
A heartwarming tale of the bonds and differences between two cultures'A delightful book, funny and poignant'Reader's Review It is 1956 in Sierra Leone where eight-year-old Melanie is spending the summer holiday with her parents. Swiftly enthralled by the primeval power of this beautiful African country, she soon discovers that, beneath its happy and apparently carefree exterior, there exists danger and fear. With the innocent eyes and intuition of a young English girl, Melanie learns of the bond of friendship that exists between peoples of different races.Pounding with the vibrancy of African colours and music, occasionally sad but always engaging, this is a story that captures the heart.
Most famous in the realm of holiday literature for his 1843 publication, A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens was in fact a prolific writer in the yuletide genre and a great contributor to many now-prevalent traditions of the holiday itself. In 1944, A Christmas Carol, Dickens released The Chimes: A Christmas Story of Some Bells That Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In, which combined his usual sympathy for the poor with the notion that we must always strive to live in nobler ways. In 1845 came the novella The Cricket on the Hearth. The years 1846 and 1848 respectively saw published The Battle of Life and The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain. Because of this wealth of Christmas-themed works, Dickens is sometime referred to as the man who invented Christmas.”
IT had been snowing hard for twenty-four hours at Dead Man's Gulch. Beginning with a few feathery particles, they had steadily increased in number until the biting air was filled with billions of snowflakes, which whirled and eddied in the gale that howled through the gorges and canons of the Sierras. It was still snowing with no sign of cessation, and the blizzard blanketed the earth to the depth of several feet, filling up the treacherous hollows, caverns and abysses and making travel almost impossible for man or animal. The shanties of the miners in Dead Man's Gulch were just eleven in number. They were strung along the eastern side of the gorge and at an altitude of two or three hundred feet from the bed of the pass or canon. The site protruded in the form of a table-land, offering a secure foundation for the structures, which were thus elevated sufficiently to be beyond reach of the terrific torrents that sometimes rushed through the ravine during the melting of the snow in the spring, or after one of those fierce cloud-bursts that give scarcely a minute's warning of their coming."
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