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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
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HEBREW LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN
Concern was also shown for the creation of suitable illustrated,
vowel-pointed Hebrew children’s literature. A number of fine con-
tributions have been made to this field in recent months. These
include the late A. H. Friedland’s
David'I,
published by the Na-
tional Council for Jewish Education; a series of five titles edited
by A. I. Agus and Daniel Persky and published by a special fund
and
Sifriah Lanoar
(Youth Library), Second Series, edited by
Dr. William Chomsky and published by the Board of Jewish Edu-
cation in Baltimore. Dr. Chomsky was also editor of an anthology
on the holidays entitled
Hagenu tCMoadenu,
published by the
Histadruth Ivrith, with the cooperation of the Jewish Education
Committee of New York.
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I t is difficult to single out for mention a selection of Hebrew
books published in Palestine because so many fine titles have
come from the presses in recent months. I should like to be able
to recommend many fine works, such as F. Lachover’s recent
prize-winning two-volume study of Bialik, but regrettably not all
Palestinian books are readily available because of the war. Never-
theless, libraries would do well to seek to place on their shelves
at least those books that can be purchased through the regular
channels.
Palestine writers have their year book entitled
Knesset
(Gather-
ing), which continues to appear under the imprint of the Bialik
Institute. From time to time, however, the Hebrew Writers’
Association sees fit to sponsor a collective volume containing con-
tributions by many of its outstanding members. This was again
done not so long ago with the publishing of
Divre Sofrirn
(Author’s
Writings), edited by Isaac Lamdan and Asher Barash. The vol-
ume appropriately opens with a section devoted to the memory of
the poet Saul Tchernichowsky and closes with a section dedicated
to the late Dr. Simon Ginzburg. The latter founded the Palestine
Hebrew Culture Fund in this country which was of aid in pub-
lishing this and other volumes. Well-known writers and younger
names are represented in the volume, giving us a cross-section of
creativity in the field of the short story, the poem and the essay.
Among the essays of criticism we find treatments of such writers
as Schofman, Hazaz, Lachover, Temken and Shenberg and of
Lilienblum and Peretz. The book-minded will find delight in
A. M. Haberman’s article on books that were withheld from
publication or destroyed by their authors.