DADDY CHRISTMAS AND HANUKKAH MAMA – Reviewed in The New York Times
Written and illustrated by Selina Alko.
32 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $16.99. (Picture book; ages 4-8)
Doesn’t this describe half of Brooklyn? Perhaps not strictly speaking; but the subject of interfaith families is a welcome one. No arguments over Israel or “the war on Christmas” here. In the narrator’s wholehearted and seamlessly interwoven celebration, Daddy Christmas gamely cooks latkes, and Hanukkah Mama is happy to hang stockings. Together they “carol to the neighbors about Maccabees and the manger.” Alko’s charming mixed media illustrations provide lots of bells and holly. Next up, Eastover.