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PA L O A LT O W E E K LY ❉ ❉❉ Section 2 D E C E M B E R 3 , 2 0 10 H A P P Y H O L I D AY S The magic of cooking and reading If you’re together with children or grandchildren for the holidays, there’s nothing like cuddling up to read good books together, while enjoying tantalizing aromas wafting from the kitchen. The children’s books and cookbooks reviewed here can help show you how. ❉ Plucky kids abound in these books for young readers by Debbie Duncan Children who are read to reap numerous benefits. And cold winter nights are a perfect time to curl up on the couch with a child and a book to read aloud. Remember, books make the best gifts! ❉ Let’s read aloud this winter! ❉ “The Christmas Eve Ghost” by Shirley Hughes; Candlewick, 2010; 30 pp., $16; ages 2-8. This heartwarming tale by a master British storyteller and illustrator is historical and also relevant to families today. After her husband is killed in a coalmining accident, Mam moves with young Bronwen and Dylan to Liverpool, where she supports the family by taking in laundry and painstakingly cleaning it in the washhouse out back. Mam warns her children not to speak to the O’Rileys next door, who go to a church “for a different sort of people.” Yet it’s Mrs. O’Riley who comes to the rescue when Bronwen and Dylan need help solving a scary Christmas Eve mystery. (continued on page 34) *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ iVi“LiÀÊÎ]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 33

Palo Alto Weekly 12.03.2010 - Section 2

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