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Elijah's Angel: A Story for Chanukah and Christmas


Michael and Elijah are an unlikely pair--Michael a nine-year-old Jewish boy, and Elijah, a Black barber and woodcarver, a Christian man in his eighties. Yet they are friends, sharing time together, just as Chanukah and Christmas sometimes do.

When Elijah shows his affection for Michael by giving him a carved angel for Christmas, Michael thinks that he is bringing a "graven image" into his Jewish home and fears he is disobeying God.

But Michael's parents help him see that the angel is a gift of friendship, and Michael reciprocates by giving Elijah a menorah he made at Hebrew school. A path of understanding is created between the old woodcarver's barbershop and Michael's family home--and between their religions.

Written by Michael J. Rosen and illustrated by Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson. Published by Columbus Museum of Art. Hardcover, 32 pages. 

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