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Also from Nosy Crow, "Make & Play Christmas" by Joey Chou includes colorful, very sturdy play pieces so children can make ornaments of angels, snowmen, trees, gingerbread people and other Christmas items. There are also songs and instructions for paper chains, snowball truffles and wrapping paper in this creative activity book.

"Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas" by Pamela Ehrenberg; pictures by Anjan Sarkar; 32 pages; $14.99.

"Making Indian food that my mom ate as a kid for a Jewish holiday that my dad grew up with -- that was a lucky combination," explains a boy with a mixed-race family and an overactive little sister as they prepare for Hanukkah. The only time little Sadie climbs down from things is when her brother sings, "I had a little dosa; I made it out of dai," while their family cooks for the holiday.

This zesty, funny multicultural story has so many layers: sibling relationships, the smells and love of cooking together, a lovely look at ethnicities and the all-encompassing family joy of the holidays. "Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas" even adds a surprise twist at the end as Sadie's incessant climbing saves the day.

Recipes for dosas and sambar are included at the end.

"Bear's Merry Book of Hidden Things" by Gergely Dudas; HarperCollins; 32 pages; $14.99.


Bear really loves Christmas but needs lots of help to get ready for his party. He needs help locating items within busy, colorful scenes of a market, a crowd of gingerbread cookies, a page of presents, holiday birds in hats, a poinsettia page and a penguin gaggle. Readers search the crowded pages for things needed -- a mug of hot cocoa among the penguins, a shy turtledove hiding out with snowmen, a sparkly star in a group of festive foxes. The scenes aren't quite as small or busy as "Where's Waldo?" but are perfect for smaller kids and those who want to get to the funny finale: Bear exhausted on his bed.

"Bear's Merry Book of Hidden Things" is a laugh a minute.


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