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Mitzvah training he gains tolerance for human frailty and learns to
accept responsibility. Finely crafted writing.
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Terrible things.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.