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dren’s Book Week in 1919 she initiated Jewish Book Week in
1925 the purpose of which was “to arouse interest in reading and
book ownership.” (Th is was to become the Jewish Book Month
currently observed before Hanukkah.)
Some Books of Special Interest
Miss Goldstein concluded her article with a list of some 130
books. Several books on this list are still “bests” of their kind.
One that can be called a classic is
T h e A d v en tu re s o f K ’T o n to n ,
A L i t t l e Jew ish T om T h um b
by Sadie Rose Weilerstein (New
York, National Women’s League of the Un ited Synagogue of
America, 1935). It is being re-enjoyed by many young mothers
today when they use it, as their mothers did, to teach their own
little ones the traditions, customs and ceremonies of Jewish life.
In 1964 these mothers and their third generation children were
able to enjoy
K ’T o n to n in Israe l
(New York, National Women’s
League o f the Un ited Synagogue of America).
T h e W ise M en of
Che lm
by Solomon Simon (New York, Behrman, 1945) is on
this list. Since the antics of these delightful and unbelievably
zany people have a timeless appeal for children of any age, we
are fortunate to have a sequel,
M o r e W ise M en o f C he lm
(New
York, Behrman, 1965). We also have Howard Fast’s
H a ym Salo-
m on , Son of L ib e r ty
(New York, Messner, 1941), a vigorous
and dynamic telling of the life of the Jewish broker and financier
who did so much to help the American cause during the Revolu-
tion. A perennial favorite on this list is Mamie Gamoran’s
H illeV s
H a p p y H o l id a y s
(New York, Union of American Hebrew Con-
greations, 1939), a collection of short stories relating how a mod-
ern young H illel celebrated the holidays throughout the year.
One G o d , T h e W ays W e W o r sh ip H im ,
by Florence Mary Fitch
(New York, Lathrop, 1944), designed to help children under-
stand and respect religions different from their own, is another
book that has withstood the test of time.
Several titles on this list have been re-issued, either revised or
in their original form, bearing testimony to their lasting interest.
Edna Bonser’s
H ow T h e Early H eb r ew s L iv e d and L ea rn e d ,
first
published by Macmillan in 1924 and re-issued in 1941, is still
considered by some educators as one of the finest accounts out-
lining the progress of the Hebrew people in agriculture, litera-
ture and religion in the 1500 years after Abraham. Libbie Braver-
man’s
C h ild ren of the Em ek
(Brooklyn, N . Y., Furrow Press,
1937), relating the adventures o f two children of a worker’s
cooperative in Palestine, has been brought up to date and re-
issued (New York, Bloch, 1964). Another re-issue of a title origi-
nally found in the list is Lee Joseph and Elma E. Levinger’s
T h e