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Song of Deborah:
novel. New York, Day, 1963. 190
p .
(Daughters of Valor series)
An excellent novel that conveys a real “on-the-spot” feeling of a his­
torical situation and character. Begins with Deborah, as a remarkable and
dedicated girl of 12, and concludes with her exultant song celebrating the
victory over Sisera and his forces, (ages 11-13)
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The how and why wonder book of the Old Testament.
Illus. by John Hull. New York, Grosset and Dunlap, 1964. 48 p.
This book can serve as a ready reference and as an overall guide for
the study of the Bible. In remarkably little space, Dr. Klaperman
manages to define what is meant by the Bible, indicate its main moral
and ethical teachings, describe and give the essence of the three divisions
of the Old Testament, and give an outline of the various translations of
the Bible through the ages. A useful reference book, (ages 11-13)
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Disraeli. New York, Messner, 1963. 191
p .
Although Disraeli converted to Christianity at the age of 13, the author
makes a point of describing his Jewish background and heritage in great
detail and ascribes his whole philosophy of life to that background.
Even though other Jews have made their mark without leaving their
faith, Disraeli’s accomplishments should not be overlooked because they
did spring from the depths of his Jewish conscience, (ages 11-14)
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D. Z. First books of Bible heroes: Book I. Genesis through Moses;
Book II. Joshua through Daniel. Illus. by Ezekiel Schloss, assisted by Uri
Shulevitz. New York, Ktav, 1963. 64 p. each.
A beautifully illustrated, poorly executed attempt to bring Bible heroes
down to a child’s level. Unskilled handling of a standardized vocabulary
and presentation of childish orientation results in a rather pedestrian
affair, (ages 6-8)
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D. Our religion and our neighbors: a
study of comparative religions emphasizing the religions of the western
world. New York, Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1963. 296 p.
A book that manages to speak about Judaism in relation to other
religions without apology and without chauvinism. An excellent text;
many fine charts, photographs and maps; selected teachers’ references,
glossary, index; topics to discuss, things to do, other books to read,
(ages 11 and up)
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Physician to the children: Dr. Bela Schick. New York, Messner,
1963. 189 p.
A warm, well-written biography of a dedicated Austrian Jewish physi­
cian who established pediatrics as a dignified branch of medicine and who
devised the Schick test for diphtheria.
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W. A. Look to the river. New York, Atheneum, 1963. 185 p.
A vibrant, well motivated and well-written story of a boy making his
way to freedom from the backwoods of the Red River swamps and
bottoms and how he is helped and inspired by Old John. Not until page
162 is Old John, a “Dutchman” peddler, disclosed as being a “son of
Abraham,” yet one feels the impact of his background and history in his
every action and thought, (ages 11-14)
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Young Israel: children of Israel at work and play. Text and
photos by author. New York, Dodd, Mead, 1963. 64 p.
Primarily a collection of rather fine photographs depicting children
from many lands—Poland, Morocco, India, sabras—participating in their
various activities in the kibbutzim, in the cities, at school, etc. (ages
10 and up)