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One l i t t le goa t, a Passover song.
Illus. by the author
New York, Holiday House, 1979, unp.
Th e author casts the popular Seder song as a ch ildren’s play
with the little actors garbed as per the song. Words, music, and
story of the song and the holiday are included, but the colors are
less than attractive, (ages 4-8)
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Po ta to pancakes all around.
Illus. by the author. New York:
Bonim Books/Hebrew Publishing Co., 1978, unp.
In a Yiddish flavored version of
Stone soup ,
a peddler settles
the long-standing dispute of two grandmothers over whose potato
pancake recipe is better. He allows himself to be persuaded into
adding all the usual ingredients. Th is fun-filled tale is greatly
enhanced by Hirsch’s renditions of shtetl home-life. A recipe
for potato pancakes and an exp lanation of the holiday are in ­
cluded. (ages 4-8)
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The murderer.
New York, Scribner’s, 1978. 151 p.
In a series of vignettes the pre-bar mitzvah year of Hershey
Marks is selectively recorded. Set in a small Pennsylvania m ining
town in the thirties, with news of the Holocaust both confusing
and worrying his parents,
The murderer
is rem indful of
in the rye
and is of excellent literary quality, (ages 10 up)
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The haun ted shul and o ther Devorah Doresh
Illus. by Devorah Kramer. New York, Judaica Press,
1979. 122 p.
Now Jewish girls and boys can have their own
Nancy Drew .
Not unlike Rabbi Small of the adult detective series, Devorah,
too, uses talmudic reasoning to solve mysteries. Were it not for
the abundance of coincidences with which the stories abound,
The haun ted shul
would be a welcome introduction to Orthodox
Jewish values in the home and family. T h e illustrations are
childish, (ages 8-12)
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The em p ty chair.
New York, Harper, 1978. 256 p.
Becky is 10-years old and her mother has just died in child­
birth. Her sense of loss is so devastating that she imagines her
mother’s ghost visiting her. Life and spring eventually conquer
morbidity and winter. A thoughtful, well-realized story of a first-
generation Orthodox family, (ages 10 and up)
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, R .
Yossef mok ir Shabbos: a ta lmud ic story from our Sages.
Transl. by D. Shain, Illus. by Rachel Vaye. Israel, Hakerem Ltd.;
New York, Feldheim, 1979, unp., paper covered boards.
A charming legend adapted from the Talmud , retold and i l ­
lustrated in brilliant colQrs and a decorative stylized mode. Dra­