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Marek and Alice's Christmas (Alice and Marek's Christmas) (bilingual)
Alice and Marek's Christmas (Alice and Marek's Christmas) - Bilingual Book
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Marek and Alice's Christmas
and Marek's Christmas in some language editions)

by Jolanta Starek-Corile
illustrated by Priscilla Lamont

Christmas Eve is here, and we must get ready! But what are these unusual traditions, like hay and the extra place at the table? This story by Jolanta Starek-Corile is part of the "Celebration" series, and takes a look at how people celebrate different holidays around the world. This charming book takes us to the heart of Christmas in Poland, with recipes and activities to get you in the holiday spirit!
Book Review:
This brightly illustrated book is part of our celebration series, which explores the way people celebrate different festivals around the world. In the story, Marek, his sister Alice, and their parents are visiting their extended family including their babcia (grandmother), dziadek (grandfather) and prababcia (great-grandmother) in Poland. All are involved in preparing for the big Christmas celebration and Marek is full of questions. Why does prababcia put hay under the table? Why does she set an extra place at the table? Why do they look for the first star of the night before they begin their feast?

After the Christmas banquet, it is off to Midnight Mass for Marek, while Alice stays home with prababcia to see if at midnight “all the animals can talk.” But at midnight the kids are fast asleep, one at church, and one at home. After all, they have had a big day!

Marek and Alice’s Christmas describes many rituals of a traditional Polish Christmas, and invites readers to share in the celebration.
Review by Maureen Pugh
From the November 2009 issue of Culture Connection Newsletter
In English with:

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Ages: 3-8 Paperback
Dimensions: 8.3w x 10h inches

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