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Mitzvah training he gains tolerance for human frailty and learns to
accept responsibility. Finely crafted writing.
B
un t ing
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v e
.
Terrible things.
Illus.
b y
Stephen Gammell. New York,
Harper, 1980. 26 p. (4-8)
A little bunny learns that no one is safe when irrational hate (the
Terrible Things) runs amuck; that apathy and self-interest are
deadly. An introduction to the Holocaust.
* C
ha ik in
. M
ir iam
.
Finders weepers.
Illus. by Richard Egielski. New York,
Harper, 1980. 120 p. (8-12)
Guilt overcomes Molly (of
I should care)
when she realizes that a
ring she found in the playground belongs to a young Jewish refugee
girl. Values of sin and redemption embodied in the High Holydays
are integrated with Molly’s personal dilemma. Natural, spontaneous
dialogue.
* C
hapman
. C
aro l
.
The tale ofMeshka the kvetch.
Illus. by Arnold Lobel. New
York, Dutton, 1980. unp. (4-8)
An original story about the cure for “kvetch’s itch” having all the
idiom, humor, and feeling of a Yiddish folk tale. Lobel’s illustrations
are imaginative and humorous.
C
o h en
. B
arbara
.
Queenfor a day.
New York, Lothrop, 1981. 158 p. (10-14)
A “Cinderella” story about a 13-year-old girl who must live with
her unfeeling grandmother and two odious young aunts. She is
“rescued” when she has a chance to play Queen Esther. Flawed, but
worth purchasing.
*
Unicorns in the rain.
New York, Atheneum, 1980. 164 p. (12
and up)
The world has deteriorated to the point where there are no family
relationships; each citizen must carry a gun, and murder is routine.
A new Noah and his family build an Ark, leading to a climax of death
and rebirth. Smoothly written with masterful creation o f mood and
place.
C
o h en
, F
loreva
G.
A hanukkiyah fo r Dina.
Illus. by Daniela Rosenhouse
(Bar-Zion). New York, Board o f Jewish Education o f Greater New
York, 1980. 28 p. (4-8)
An unlikely story about a pre-schooler who is denied a hanuk­
kiyah o f her own because she is too young. Finally her grandfather
fashions one for her out o f potatoes. Slow-moving and repetitive.
Awkard illustrations.
* D
av idson
. M
arga ret
.
The Golda Meir story.
Revised edition. New York,
Scribner’s 1981. 228 p. (8-12)
The compelling biography o f Mrs. Meir’s early years has been
extended by two new chapters to include the later years. Possibly the
best juvenile biography of the Israeli leader. Bibliog. Index.