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C ed a rb a um — A m e r i c a n J e w i s h J u v e n i l e L i t e r a t u r e
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Lorraine Beim’s
C a ro l’s S ide o f th e S tree t
(New York, Harcourt,
1951), one of the first books that deals with anti-Semitism on a
child’s level; and the first of the ever favorite trilogy, Sydney
Taylor’s
A l l-O f -A -K in d F am ily
(Chicago, Follett, 1951), which
was the first recipient o f the Isaac Siegel Memorial Award. Th is
title has been followed by
M o r e A l l-O f -A -K in d F am ily
(1954),
and
A ll-O f -A -K in d F am ily U p tow n
(1958). Th is trilogy enjoys
phenomenal popularity among boys and girls of all colors and
creeds even today. T h e warmth and love generated by these five
little Jewish girls and their mother and father who lived in the
Lower East Side of New York at the turn of the century seems
to transcend time and place to embrace all children.
Two years, 1953-1955, are covered in volume 12, the Ter-
centenary volume. In this issue Miss Goldstein noted first, that
there were no children’s book editors among the Jewish pub-
lishers and secondly, that
. . unfortunately books repeat the
same subject over and over . . . w ithout freshness or new empha-
sis.” However, we do find several titles out of the 64 listed that
do mark new approaches. Anne Frank’s
T h e D ia ry o f a Young
G ir l
(New York, Doubleday, 1952), written by a teenage girl
who died at Bergen-Belsen at the age of 15 years, seldom remains
very long on library shelves even today. An unusual book is
T w e n ty a n d T en
by Claire H. Bishop (New York, Viking, 1952).
The story takes place in Nazi occupied France and tells how
twenty Catholic orphans saved ten Jewish children from the
Nazis.
L e t ’s T a lk A b o u t G o d
by Dorothy Kripke (New York,
Behrman, 1953) is the first in a series which attractively and sue-
cinctly discusses problems that many parents and teachers of 8
and 10 year olds find difficult to handle.
L e t ’s T a lk A b o u t R ig h t
and W ron g
(1955) and
L e t ’s T a lk A b o u t Juda ism
(1957) are
the other two titles in the series.
M ir iam C om es H om e
by Y. H.
Levin (Boston, L. C. Page, 1953) is one of the first teenage novels
dealing with the problem of adjustment encountered by the
European Jewish refugee child in Israel. A most interesting book
is
I t H a p p e n e d to H ann ah
by Ruth Rounds (New York, Dut-
ton, 1954). T h e story is about a young non-Jewish girl who finds
it hard going in a new school until she wears a little star she finds
in the street—anti-Semitism in reverse.
Miss Goldstein found the future brighter in volume 13 (1955-
1956), even though “14 out of 27 books deal with Biblical sub-
jects, 6 with Jewish holidays and only 4 are original in theme.”
One should note that Miss Goldstein has no objection to these
themes, but only to the shabby treatment that is too often their
lot. At last we have some good poetry by a contemporary poet,
Ilo Orleans,
T h e F irst R a in b o w
(New York, Un ion of American
Hebrew Congregations, 1956), followed by
T h is W o n d e r fu l Day:
P oem s o f P rayer an d T h a n k sg iv in g
(1958). These poems are