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exciting stories and from their portraits o f vibrant Jewish com­
munities.
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Rabbi Joselman of Rosheim
(two vols.) New York, Feldheim,
1981. 246, 494 p. (12 and up)
A detailed story o f a great champion o f the Jewish people who
travelled throughout the Holy Roman Empire defending his
people.
L
ie b erm a n
, D
o n a l d
.
Heroes o f Hanukkah.
New York, Ktav, 1981. 156 p.
(
8
-
12
)
Stilted language and narration deaden this story o f the Maccabees.
Howard Fast’s
My glorious brothers
is far superior, but for readers
from 10 and up.
N
a n u s
, S
u s a n
.
Five in one; holiday plays f o r Jewish children.
New York,
Union o f American Hebrew Congregations, 1981. 56 p. Paper.
(
8
-
12
)
A delightful collection o f plays mixing reality with fantasy, past with
present, and reverence with irreverence. Amusing, entertaining,
informative, and effective. For Yom Kippur (a rabbinic tale),
Hanukkah, Purim, Shabbat, and Passover.
N
e u sn e r
, J
a c o b
.
Mitzvah.
Chappaqua,
N . Y . ,
Rossell Books, 1981. 110 p.
Paper. (10-14)
Deals with the rabbinic sources o f a central Jewish concept.
O
l iv e s t o n e
, C
e il
and
D
a v id
.
Let's go to synagogue.
Illus. by Arieh Zeldich.
Englewood, New Jersey, SBS, 1981. Unp. (3-6)
Basic features o f the synagogue and services are explained in terms
easily comprehended by pre-schoolers. The simple large-print text
alternates with full-page poster-like illustrations. The mini-format
adds to its appeal for young children.
P
om er a n t z
, C
h a r l o t t e
.
Noah's and Namah's ark.
Illus. by K. Carson. New
York, Holt, 1981. 48 p. (4-8)
Self-conscious “adult” spoof o f the Noah story in poor rhyme. Col­
loquial “Americanese” intermingled with “King James English.”
Everyone enters in twos and exits in three’s . . .
R
h u e
, M
o r t o n
.
The Wave.
New York, Delacorte/Dell, 1981. 143 p. (12
and up)
Novelization o f a TV drama based on a real event in 1969. A teacher,
trying to show how such a group as the Hitler Youth could be
formed from ordinary people, succeeds too well with anti-Semitic
consequences. Characters and plot lightly sketched, but important
social and moral implications. (Use with Arrick’s
Chernowitz!).
R
ossel
, S
e ym o ur
.
The holocaust.
New York, Watts, 1981. 148 p. (12 and
up)
Traces Hitler’s rise to power against the background o f the 1930’s,
and the escalating harassment o f the Jews. Rossell describes Jewish