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(Chanukah, Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur,
Discussion o f the origins and historical significance o f the cere­
mony, the ways in which the three main branches o f Judaism mark
the occasion, and Bat Mitzvah. Elaine Grove’s illustrations o f
apple-cheeked boys are too pat. Good for non-Jews who want to
know something about Bar Mitzvah.
Marc Chagall: an Introduction.
Reprods. New York, Overlook,
1981. 168 p. (10-14)
Updated since its publication in 1967, this biography, although
heavily fictionalized, allows a clear picture o f the man and his art to
emerge. Thirty-five reproductions o f Chagall’s work, 8 o f them in
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The dangerous dreidle ride.
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the author. New
York, Feldheim/Sifrei Rimon Series, 1981. Unp. Paper. (4-8)
The littlest “Dink” in the palace cadre o f King Rimpu saves the day
when he steers the runaway giant dreidle into the locked woodshed
and through the door, thus freeing silvergW/ for distribution to the
populace. A slight story with cartoon illustrations.
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Second star to the right.
New York, Greenwillow, 1981.
151 p. (10-16)
A powerful novel about a 14-year-old girl who is suffering from
anorexia nervosa. Her relationship with her mother, a Holocaust
survivor, is revealed.
A gift f o r mama.
Illus. by Donna Diamond. New York, Viking,
1981. 56 p. (8-12)
Set in pre-WW 11 Poland, this is a charming story o f an educated urban
Jewish family with an artistic mother who doesn’t believe in store-
bought gifts. Her daughter Sara is determined to buy her satin
slippers. Diamond’s black and white paintings highlight the warm
relationships in the family, and dramatize the happy ending.
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The rhapsody in blue ofMickey Klein.
Owings Mills, Maryland,
Stemmer House, 1981. 143 p. (12 and up)
Wild imagination tangles with reality in the life o f a 13-year-old boy
growing up in urban Baltimore in the 1930’s. Against the back­
ground o f Hitler, and Roosevelt’s presidency, Mickey interacts with
Bubbie; Grandpop; the butcher Abramowitz; Uncle Bimbo; the
Black preacher, Moses; and God as he gropes his way through
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What happened to Heather Hopkoudtz?
New York,
Elsevier-Dutton, 1981. 176 p. (10-14)
Heather was only marginally Jewish until a month-long vacation at an
Orthodox Jewish home converts her to observant Judaism with
conflicting and moving results. A good read.
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The twisted menora, and other Devora Doresh mysteries.