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October 30, 2007


Not only is this a funny, funny post but dang what a beautiful flake! Thanks for highlighting!

thanks for sharing this lovely snowflake!

Enjoyed this fun-to-read feature (you didn't sound dorkish at all)! Cool snowflake, ala X-acto knife. Thanks.

Fabulous! Very funny, and, no, you're not a dork. What a beautiful snowflake -- and the gates in the wall open and close?? Man, I wish I could see it in person.

Thanks, Anne and Ann!

Thankee, one and all. Now go buy my snowflake and make me proud.

Except Jules, who is probably knee deep in snow by now.

Oh, what a beautiful city!

I daresay this could easily be strung in a window on a pretty white ribbon while eight candles glow below!

(And if you actually HAVE a Hanukkah bush? Will you take a picture sometime? That'd be something to see!)


OY! Have I been living under a rock? I always thought snowflakes were nondenominational--even the ones made as decorations. Let's face it--the real ones fall on people of all religions...as long as those people live in areas that have certain kinds of climates. I wonder who first started the association between snow and Christmas??? Was it Currier and Ives? I don't think Bethlehem has ever been plagued with blizzards...even before global warming.

Love Ann Koffsky's creation for Robert's Snow 2007. OY! It's gorgeous!!!

Elaine: Very good points, of course. Though I do have a funny story associated with snow and Bethlehem. I was in the 6th grade choir (back in 1974 -- am I that old?). Our much-loved choir director had been in the touring company of Godspell and was a religious man.

He had us rehearse a Christmas song with this chorus:

"The snow lay on the ground,
the stars shown bright,
when Christ the Lord was born
on Christmas night."

Well, my mother heard that lyric and threw a fit. Pretty soon, word had spread among the Jewish Mothers Network (much faster than the Internet) and before you could say "Oy gevalt!", all the Jewish kids were instructed to hum the third line.

Apparently, in our noisy classroom you couldn't tell the difference. But in a hushed auditorium on the night of the big concert, in front of all our parents and the principal, the walls reverberated with 1/4 of the choir going "When hmm-hmm-hmm was born ..."

Hilarity ensued, as they say, and the chastened teacher dropped the song from the next day's assembly for the rest of the school. We all still adored him, of course. I think these days he would've been suspended, which is sad.

I love that the gates to the city open and close. What a great medium to work in.

Lovely, simply lovely!

Mary Lee

Gorgeous snowflake, and very funny post. You can definitely pick 'em.

I love Tadmack's idea. You know, you might have actually convinced me to go and bid on this one. Gosh. Wow.

If you do, Bookbk, let me know and I'll post a picture of it in your window!

Thanks so much to Ann Koffsky and to BookBuds for the unabashedly Jewish angle of both this snowflake and this post! Robert's Snow is a wonderful project, but I too wish it weren't so dang Christmassy! I would LOVE to see more non-seasonal snowflakes, and maybe even a few Hanukkah snowflakes!

Many thanks, Heidi. I really don't mind all the Christmas snowflakes -- many are exquisite -- but I deliberately looked for a Jewish or interfaith one. It's just nice to feel included.

Also, I've added your podcast blog to my blogroll. Thanks for finding your way to Book Buds!

Anne, thanks for adding The Book of Life podcast to your blogroll, and thanks again for helping me learn about Ann Koffsky's snowflake! Due to your timely post, I'm going to be interviewing her for the Hanukkah episode of the podcast, and I'll give Book Buds a mention too.

I looked at your posts tagged "Jewish" and saw some frustrations about finding good Judaic kidlit. I'd like to make you aware of the Sydney Taylor Book Award (presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries), which is the only Jewish book award that focuses exclusively on children's and YA books. In addition to annual medals for picture books, older kids' books, and YA, they also create a long recommended list of Notable Jewish Books. Winners are announced in January, so keep your eyes peeled. More at www.SydneyTaylorBookAward.org.

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