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1983 NationalJewish Book Awards
CH ILDREN 'S L ITE R A TU R E
W
il l iam
(Z
e v
) F
r a n k
M
em o r ia l
A
w a r d
,
p re s e n te d
by
E llen
an d David Sche in fe ld
K ing o f the Seventh Grade
by B a rb a ra C oh en (L o th ro p Lee &
S h ep a rd Books)
T h is book is a b r e a k th ro u g h in the field o f Jew ish c h i ld r e n ’s lit­
e r a tu r e . I t is on e o f th e few novels fo r s ix th - to -e igh th g ra d e r s th a t
add re s se s issues w ith which they a re cu r r en t ly involved . T h e book
inc ludes such them es as Jew ish iden tity , m o ra lity , fr ien d sh ip , and
self-esteem . T o th e body o f c h i ld re n ’s Jew ish li te r a tu re , B a rb a ra
C o h e n ’s co n tem po ra ry , h ighly read ab le title add s a sorely n e ed ed
new d im ens ion .
JUDGES:
En id Davis,
Au thor
; Rita F r ische r ,
Librarian
; P e n in n a h
S ch ram ,
S tem College, N .Y.
CH ILDREN 'S P ICTURE BOOK
M
a r c ia
a n d
L
o u i s
P
o s n e r
A
w a r d
Yussel's Prayer
by B a rb a ra C oh en an d M ichael J . D e raney ( I l lu s tra ­
to r)
T h is book tells o f Yussel, an o rp h a n , who is d en ied a p lace in
shu l on Yom K ip p u r because he is illite ra te a n d m u s t te n d th e
cows. Much to th e d ism ay o f th e co n g reg a t io n , th e Rabbi closes
th e service only w hen he h ea rs Yussel’s “p ra y e r .” D e ra n ey ’s
d e ta i led pencil d raw ing s artistically d ep ic t th e ch a ra c te rs a n d se t­
t ing o f an E as te rn E u ro p e a n village. T h e d u o - to n e co lo rs o f
b row n an d beige p rov id e th e am b ience o f so lemn ity th a t fits a
Yom K ip p u r story.
JUDGES:
Marilyn H irsh ,
Author-,
J a n L ieb e rm an ,
Librarian',
U r i
Shulevitz,
Illustrator and Author.
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