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AMERICAN JEW ISH JUV EN IL E BOOKS
1 9 6 3 - 1 9 6 4
By
S
oph ia
N.
C
edarbaum
A
l ex en b e r g
, M
elv in
& M
ir iam
.
Alef-bet picture dictionary: an English-Hebrew
dictionary for children. New York, Shulsinger, 1963. unp.
A slight book: format too young and text insufficient for those who
need this type of book, (ages 6-8)
A
p sl er
, A
l fr ed
.
The court factor: the story of Samson Wertheimer. Illus. by
Albert Gold. Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society, 1964. 149 p. (Cove­
nant Book)
This biography of Samson Wertheimer (1658-1724), a court factor
(financier) for German-Austrian emperors and princes, covers a period
and locale in Jewish history for which there is very little material for
children. A factual introduction provides a good background for the story,
(ages 9-13)
B
ern st e in
, S
h ir l e y
.
Leonard Bernstein. New York, Encyclopedia Britannica,
1963. 192 p.
An adulatory biography of the director of the New York Philharmonic
by his sister. Not rated as highly as the biography by Ewen published
several years ago. (ages 10-13)
C
hanover
, H
ym a n
.
A Haggadah for the school. Illus. by Uri Shulevitz. New
York, United Synagogue Commission on Jewish Education, 1964. 78 p.
An attractive children’s Haggadah designed to be used as a text and
as a model for a culminating class activity. Conservative, (ages 9-12)
C
o h en
, L
en o r e
.
Came liberty beyond our hope. Illus. by George Gaal. Los
Angeles, Ward Ritchie Press, 1963. 44 p.
A fictionalized mishmash of the Hanukah story with Simon as the
central figure; the purport being: if in 168 B.C.E., the Jews had not
fought for religious freedom, there would not be Christianity or Moham­
medanism today! (ages 12-14)
C
on e
, M
o l l y
.
Stories of Jewish symbols. Illus. by Siegmund Forst. New York,
Bloch, 1963. 80 p.
A beautiful book with a good idea, but the explanation of the symbol
gets lost in the labyrinth of folklore more often than being supported by
evidence showing historical research. The stories and parables used to
illustrate the use of a Jewish symbol—the mezuzah, Sabbath candles,
kiddush cup, etc.—are well selected and well told, (ages 10-13)
E
fr on
, B
e n ja m in
,
and
R
u b in
,
A. D. Your Bar Mitzvah. Illus. by Hal Just.
New York, Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1963. 42 p.
A useful little book that provides some background information and
the general practices of the Bar Mitzvah ceremony in Reform Judaism,
(age 12)
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