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A collection of
midrashim,
stories and traditions drawn from the
Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds. In its present form, writing and
approach, the book might have a rather limited appeal. (13 & up)
K
lein
, M
ina
C.,
and
T
emple
, A
rthur
H. Temple beyond time; the story
of the site of Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem. N.Y., Van Nostrand
Rheinhold, 1969. 192 p.
The book attempts to reconcile biblical stories, legends and archeolog-
ical findings surrounding the Temple and site on Mt. Moriah. Bibli-
ography, index and maps. (13 & up)
K
osoff
, D
avid
(reto ld) . Bible stories. Illus. by Gino D ’Achille. Chicago,
Follet, 1969. 286 p.
These retold bible stories have unusual vigor and humor. The charac-
ters of the Bible are human and in the Jewish tradition. The bold art-
work complements the text. (8 & up)
K
ranzler
, G
ershon
.
Yoshko the dumbbell and other stories. N.Y., Philipp
Feldheim, 1969. 135 p.
This is an anthology of seventeen short stories set in modern Europe
and America. The stories, each of which makes a moral point, range
from the very moving to the absurdly improbable. Had the author
and /o r editor taken a little more time and literary effort, this could
have been an outstanding book. (11 & up)
K
ripke
, D
orothy
K. Let’s talk about the Jewish holidays. Illus. by Naama
Kitov. N.Y., Jonathan David, 1970. 64 p.
Using the theme of “which is your favorite holiday,” the author ex-
plains the Jewish festivals (except
Shabbat)
in this two color illustrated
book. The pedagogic philosophy and methodology which places chil-
dren of this age group into making a choice between similar yet mutu-
ally exclusive concepts is questionable. (5-8)
M
ac
B
eth
, G
eorge
.
Jonah and the Lord. Illus. by Margaret Gordon, N.Y.,
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970. 32 p.
Mr. MacBeth uses old English in a simple ballad style with great
aplomb in this favorite Bible story. Miss Gordon’s illustrations help to
make it an altogether noteworthy presentation. (4-8)
O
fek
, U
riel
,
ed. The dog tha t flew. N.Y., Sabra Books, 1969. 154 p.
This collection of short stories, translated from the Hebrew, is dis-
tinctly Israeli in flavor, experience and values. (9-13)
P
urdy
, S
usan
G
old
.
Jewish holidays: facts, activities and crafts. Illus. by
the author. Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1969. 94 p.
Mrs. Purdy has compiled a book of arts, crafts and explanations of
the history and ceremony connected with Jewish holidays. The projects
are original, the directions simple and succinct. The book, with its list-
ing of inexpensive, easily available materials, should prove to be a
boon to parents and teachers and a delight to children. (4 -8 /adu lt)
R
abin
, G
il
.
False start. Ilus. by John Gundelfinger. N.Y., Harper &
Row,
1969. 139 p.
Having to struggle to survive in both his native Europe and then
America, Richard’s father, unlike most Jewish fathers, becomes an
abusive drunkard. Whether in the depression of the 30’s (setting for
this book), or the affluence of the 70s, the adolescent is still struggling
to understand the complexities of adult society. W ritten in a low key,
the book adds to the reader’s own growth and development. (11-13)