31 December Days, 31 Books. Today, let’s “feel” The Tie Man’s Miracle.

31 December Days, 31 Books. Today, let’s “feel” The Tie Man’s Miracle…

Reading books around the holidays is always a special way to settle in, settle down, settle up the day. Each of 31 Days in December, I will be recommending a picture book to read to/with your kids of any age. Remember that the older kids love to settle in with you, with a book, too. It re-creates memories and creates new memories.

Each book I recommend is one I’ve read over and over and over again with my kids and/or now with my grandkids. I guarantee the magical.

The Tie Man’s Miracle ~ A Chanukah Tale by Steven Schnur and illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson





The Tie Man’s Miracle is a heartfelt, unforgettable, sad yet uplifting story of Chanukah and miracles and an old tie salesman named Mr. Hoffman who leaves 7-year old Seth with a night he will never forget. The story begins with Seth’s impatience at Mr. Hoffman’s unexpected presence on the last night of Chanukah, therefor not getting the candle-lighting underway. Seth’s mother and father gently suggests that Mr. Hoffman stay for the lighting, which he does, but with his company comes a story of Chanukah long, long ago. Beautifully told, exquisitely illustrated, a story to remember.

A wonderful December stop with your kids is your local library or bookstore… or maybe wishing secret dreams, sitting before the menorah.


Sharon Couto graduated from Rhode Island College with a degree in Education/English and holds a Master’s Degree in K-12 Reading/Education from Boston University. Sharon was a high school English Teacher & Reading Specialist for 30 years. She has 4 adult children, 4 in-law children and 11 beautiful grandchildren. Promoting Literacy is Sharon’s mission.

Reading aloud to your kids & grandkids is a wonderful and proven way to improve vocabulary and increase reading comprehension and thinking skills by connecting directly with a book… its words, its story, its message, its magic. The more books in early childhood, the greater the chances of reading success. Enjoy!

About Audrey

Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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