Page 25 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 10 (1951-1952)

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AMERICAN JEWISH JUVENILE LITERATURE
1950-1951
By
A
u g u st a
S
a r e t sk y
T
HE juvenile books for the year 1950-1951 reflect in large
measure the mechanical age in which we live. They are typical
of our culture — concentrated and orderly, but lacking in spa-
ciousness and imagination. Some of the books published last year
are stimulating and colorful, especially the group for the kinder-
garten age. But, many books are poor in form and content
because apparently the publishers fear the expense of producing
well designed artistic books.
The Runaway Candle
for the kindergarten age group has charm,
beauty, and imagination.
The Dreidel Who Wouldn't Spin
for the
primary grades has breadth of vision, and its art work has an
indescribable appeal. For the 10-12 year olds,
Meier Shfeya: A
Children 5 Village in Israel
compares favorably with any current
children’s books. These examples suggest the kind of books we
should be writing and publishing.
It is particularly disturbing to note the lack of books for the
14-16 age group.
A
n d r e w s
, D
oro thy
W
e s t l a k e
.
God’s world and Johnny. Illustrated by Mary
Royt. Philadelphia, Westminster Press, 1950. 48 p.
Johnny is a very little boy who asks many big questions about God and the
world, and Johnny’s parents attempt to answer all of his questions. An
excellent book for parents of 4-7 year olds who are constantly beset by
“Why” — “How” — and “Who.” (ages 4-7).
A
r o n i n
, B
e n
.
Bible tales in rhyme verses. Illustrated by Ethel Samuels. Chicago,
Goodman Bros. Book Store, 1950. 64 p.
The material is well chosen; but the rhymes are forced, and the illustrations
are inferior in design and color, (ages 5-8).
B
a k e r
, R
a c h e l
.
Chaim Weizmann; builder of a nation. New York, Julian Mess-
ner, 1950. 180 p.
Julian Messner is to be congratulated on his juvenile biographical series.
Like the previous volumes on Einstein and Lillian Wald, this is a creditable
work. There are no illustrations, but there is a helpful index — something
too often lacking in juveniles, (ages 12-16).
B
r a v e r m a n
, L
i b b y
L .
Children of the Emek. Illustrated by Temima N. Gezari.
New York, Furrow Press, 1950. 120 p.
A newly revised edition of the volume originally published in 1937. The
nine-year-old twins Tamar and David Ben Ami live in the colony of Nahalal,
Israel. The simplified glossary at the back of the book is very helpful, (ages
9-12).
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