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for her Bat Mitzvah speech help Samantha cope with problems of
adolescence and o f having an author o f an off-color book for a
mother.
G
o f f s t e in
,
M.B.
Laughing lathes.
Illus. by the author. New York, Farrar,
Straus & Giroux, 1980. unp. (4-8)
Goffstein’s private parody on such queries as, “Why latkes laugh?”
Except for the happy spirit of close family, dancing latkes, nuts, and
raisins, and mention o f Judah Maccabee, the book falls flat.
H
ir sh
, M
a r il yn
.
The Tower ofBabel.
Adapted and Illus. by the author. New
York, Holiday, 1981. (4-8)
Hirsch’s striking black and white illustrations demonstrate that,
despite different racial characteristics, people got along together
before excessive pride in their heaven-storming tower caused God to
punish them with the inability to talk to one another.
* J
ackson
, L
iv ia
E.
B
it t o n
.
Elli: coming of age in the Holocaust.
New York,
Times Books, 1980. 248 p. (12 and up)
A wrenching, personal record depicting the mental and physical
abuse at Auschwitz, the disintegration of a family, and the will to live.
Teenagers who can handle its stark detail will come away with an
understanding o f the immediate personal devastation o f World War
II.
K
u b ie
, N
ora
B
.Israel.
3rd revised ed. Illus.
N ew
York, Watts, 1979. 66 p.
(
8
-
12
)
Kubie’s classic overview and analysis o f Israel have been updated
to include the Camp David peace initiatives. Index and suggested
readings.
L ’
eng le
, M
ad e le in e
.
Ladder of angels; scenes from the Bible illustrated by
children of the world.
New York, Penguin, 1980. 128 p. (All ages)
Sixty-five full-color illustrations from the international contest
sponsored by the Mayor of Jerusalem, are colorfully reproduced.
L’engle’s blank verse is concerned with morality as she meditates on
the meaning behind the biblical verses and the children’s pictures. A
sincere, beautiful effort.
L
ingard
, J
oan
.
Thefile on Fraulein Berg.
New York, Elsevier/Nelson, 1980.
153 p. (12 and up)
A teacher is persecuted by Irish schoolgirls as a Nazi although she
is actually a Jewish refugee, a survivor o f the Holocaust.
L
ubav itch
W
omen
s
O
rgan izat ion
.
A candle of my own; thoughts on Shabbos
candles bygirls who light them.
New York, the Organization, 1979.47 p.
(8-14 and parents)
Verse and prose by girls from ages 6 to 14 about their thoughts on
lighting Sabbath candles. Each section is introduced with appropri­
ate comments by the editors. Illus. with charming full-color photo­
graphs and drawings by Michoel Muchnik.