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GOLDSTEIN — AMERICAN JEWISH JUVENILE BOOKS
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simply and attractively in picture book form. But in the main,
most of the books on this list are of the usual run-of-the-mill,
and a large percentage were produced by non-Jewish publishers.
Can our gifted Jewish writers be rallied to more fertile creativity
in the children’s book world? Can we, through subsidy and sug­
gested themes, draw them from their present writings on atoms and
science and do-it-yourself materials to the great storehouse of the
Jewish literary heritage? Perhaps they can be inspired to interpret
these treasures into juvenile works that will expand the spiritual
horizons of our Jewish children. Those of us dedicated to this
field devoutly hope such a consummation may yet be realized.
A b r a m s o n , L i l l i a n
S. Jeremy’s and Judy’s Hanukkah. New York, Behrman,
1956\
This is one in a new and inexpensive series of picture books for the very
young child entitled, “Play and Learn Library.” The format is sturdy,
attractive and appealing, (ages 2-5)
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R o b i n s o n , J e s s i e
B. Alef bet fun. New York, Bloch, 1957.
A play book which teaches children the names and sequence of the letters
in the Hebrew alphabet, (ages 5-8)
B lo ch , Ch a r le s E. The first Chanukah: story and record book. Illustrated by
Aralee. New York, Bloch, 1956. Includes two 78rpm records, recorded by
Gladys Gewirtz.
Vivid illustrations highlight a retelling of the Festival o f Freedom, (ages 6 -8)
C h a v e l , C h a r l e s
B. Holidays and festivals. Illustrated by Sigmund Forst.
New York, Shulsinger, 1956.
Describes each holiday, beginning with the Sabbath and continuing through
the cycle of the Jewish year, briefly but reverently, (ages 8-12)
D a v i s , M a c .
Jews at a glance. Illustrated by Sam Nisenson. New York, Hebrew,
1956. 127 p.
Brief biographies, alphabetically arranged, of 114 famous Jewish men and
women from Biblical times to the present day. (ages 14 and up)
E d e lm a n , L i l y .
The Sukkah and the big wind. Illustrated by Leonard Kessler.
New York, United Synagogue Commission on Jewish Education, 1956.
Attractive, large in format, and strikingly illustrated, this is one o f a Holiday
Series for very young children, (ages 4-8)
E i s e n b e r g , A z r i e l .
The great discovery: the story of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Illustrated by Shane Miller. New York, Abelard-Schuman, 1956. 112 p.
This first book about the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls written especially
for children tells an exciting story, (ages 8-12)
F a n n y , A u n t
(Fanny and Sol Scharfstein). Illustrated by Cyla London. New York,
K t a v
Publishing House, 1956. 64 p.
Simple, easy-to-follow recipes for preparing dishes for the Jewish holidays,
(ages 10—15)
F r e e d , E l e a z a r .
The mystery of the silver fish and other stories of adventure.
Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society, 1956. 196 p.
Twelve short, imaginative and exciting stories of recorded Jewish events,
past and present, (ages 10-12)
H o n o u r , A l a n .
Caves of riches: the story of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Illustrated by
P.
A .
Hutchinson. New York, McGraw-Hill, 1956. 159 p.
An exciting account of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The story
indicates the importance of the find and gives an excellent picture of the
Middle East ten years ago. (ages 9-12)