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A charming little book, written and illustrated by the well-known New
York artist, Gropper. The short text tells about a poor tailor in a town named
Nochi (the tailor is probably a Jew, and the town could be any town in Tsarist
Russia, but no reference is made to the hero’s religion or nationality). Subtle
and witty illustrations; line drawings reproduced by lithography, (ages 8-10)
H
offman
, G
a i l
.
The land and people of Israel. Philadelphia, J. P. Lippincott,
1955. 119 p.
One of the books in the “Portrait of the Nation” series, it was originally
published in 1950. This edition, which gives a fascinating account of the
recent development of Israel, has been revised to keep up with the rapid pace
of the country. 45 photographic illustrations, (ages 8-11)
H
ollender
, B
etty
R. Bible stories for little children. Illustrated by William
Steinel. New York, Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1955. 81 p.
A new treatment of the familiar age-old stories, easy enough for the tiniest
tots to read and absorb, yet dramatic enough to be read aloud. Delightfully
told, with clarity and dramatic force, in a rhythmic, recitative, primer style,
(ages 5-8)
K
atsh
, A
braham
I., ed. Bar Mitzvah: illustrated. New York, Shengold, 1955.
160 p.
The history and associations of Bar Mitzvah are set forth by Cecil Roth,
while Ludwig Lewisohn addresses an inspiring message to the boy about to
enter the community of Israel. The book is illustrated with photographs
constituting a large collection of fine Jewish art and ceremonial objects. This
is one of the most beautiful books of the year, (ages 13 and up)
K
olatch
, A
lfred
J. Chanukah gelt storybook. Illustrated by B. Hebard. New
York, Jonathan David, 1955.
The verses are well-written and tell the story of Hanukkah in a simple,
direct manner, (ages 7-8)
K
r i pke
, D
orothy
K.
Let’s talk about right and wrong. Pictures by Bobri.
New York, Behrman, 1955.
Simple ethics presented in precepts which the smallest reader can under-
stand. Conversational stories, each introduced by a lilting rhyme, tell with
interest and warmth why it is good to do the right things, (ages 5-8)
L
ewi ttes
, M .
H. Highlights of Jewish history: volume three: from Daniel to the
Rambam. New York, Hebrew, 1955. 303 p.
This is the third in a series of history texts by Rabbi Lewittes. The stress
here is not only on the protagonists in Jewish history, but also on the events
and ideas which surrounded them, (ages 10-14)
M
alvern
, G
ladys
.
Saul’s daughter. New York, Longman’s Green, 1956. 241 p.
A competently written historical novel for teen-age girls about Michal,
daughter of King Saul, and her love for David, (ages 12-15)
M
arenof
, M
artha
.
The migrations of the Jewish people. Newton Centre, Mass.,
Dot Publications, 1955. 285 p.
The history of the Jewish people from its earliest times to our own day is
presented mainly through literary selections, (ages 11-13)
M
e n d e s
,
H.
P
ere ira
.
Bar Mitzvah for boyhood, youth and manhood (revised
edition). New York, Bloch, 1956. 98 p.
This book on Bar Mitzvah presents no magical formula, but, what is more
important, it affords a beautiful design for Jewish living. There is to be found
within its pages a deep sense of kinship with all mankind and an abiding
sense of trust and faith in God, to make every reader “proud to be a Jew or
Jewess.” (ages 12-16)
P
alazzo
, T
ony
.
Noah’s ark. Illustrated by the author. New York, Garden City
Books, 1955.
A big book with pictures that are a riot of color. The familiar story is told
briefly in a simple, straightforward fashion. The large type makes this book
suitable for remedial reading, (ages 5-8)
Pray and understand. New York, Shilo Publishing House, 1955. 109 p.
The second of two books offered on the teaching of prayer for the young.
The actual presentation of each prayer is merely by the word-by-word transla-
tion method, (ages 9-12)