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Clare and John Ross (New York, U n ion of American Hebrew
Congregations, 1958). T h e pre-school child w ill certainly not
understand the prayers, but learning the words in such a lovely
context ought conceivably to exercise some influence when under-
standing begins to develop.
Among the 38 titles in volume 18 (1960-1961) is an intrinsically
good story book for the young set, 4 to 8 years old:
T h e M y s te ry
of th e M is s in g Cha lah
by Freda Charles (New York, Jonathan
David, 1959). We also find that archaeological studies are begin-
ning to make an impact on children’s books. Azriel Eisenberg's
Voices from the Past
(New York, Abelard-Schuman, 1959) con-
tains 17 stories of archaeological discoveries related to the Bible
or to the Biblical period. A noteworthy book on Israel is
M y
V illage in Israe l,
by Sonia and T im Gidal (New York, Pantheon,
1959). Beautiful photographs are an integral part of this book.
Volume 19 (1961-1962) lists a beautiful book of selected Psalms,
discussed in simple, meaningful terms,
Songs A lo n g the W ay
by
Elizabeth Allstrom, woodcuts by Mel Silverman (New York,
Abingdon Press, 1961}. The Jewish holidays for 6 to 8 year olds
received fresh treatment by the author of this survey [Ed.: Sophia
N. Cedarbaum]. The first four of eight little books, each dealing
on a child’s level of comprehension and activity with an individual
holiday, Th e Sabbath, Chanukah, Purim, Passover, were pub-
lished by the Un ion of American Hebrew Congregations in 1960.
Sukos, Shavuos, T u Bi Sh’vat, and Rosh Ha־Shanah and Yom
Kippur appeared in 1961. Teenage girls will appreciate Florence
Cohen’s
P o r tra i t of D ebo rah
(New York, Messner, 1961) which
deals with the problems of a high school senior including dating
a non-Jewish boy. (This book is scheduled to appear in paper-
back in the very near future.) We also have a demonstration that
even a “Beginning-to־read” book can be artistic, dramatic and
well done. Such a book is Mike McClintock’s
D a v id and the
G ian t
(New York, Harper, 1960), a much better book than many
more pretentious ones that tell the same story.
In volume 20 (1962-1963) we find continuations of series al-
ready established and a few routinely acceptable books, but
nothing unusual.
We have in volume 21 (1963-1964) Kenneth Ambrose’s
T h e
Story o f P e te r C ronh e im
(New York, Duell, Sloan 8c Pearce, 1962),
one of the first stories of what happened to an ordinary (not an
Anne Frank type) Jewish boy in Nazi Germany. It also lists a
truly charming and delightful fantasy in Leonard Jaffe’s
T h e
P itze l H o l id a y B ook
(New York, Ktav, 1962), and a Biblical
story presented in a modern historical manner,
T h e E p ic o f the
M accabees
by Valerie M indlin and Gaalyahu Cornfeld (New
York, Macmillan, 1962).