Page 109 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 43

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Figure 2
mother Hanna and at Sara. Sara did not wink back — she
crossed her eyes and made a face.
“Sure, Raya, I’ll chop the onions. But first give me a few
kitchen matches to put between my teeth. I’ve heard that
match tips stop the tears,” Margola answered. (Hautzig,
1981, p. 26)
It is more than a generation of writing for children that separates
these two holiday stories. It is a difference in perspective, in di­
rectly teaching about custom using a story, and learning about
custom through the eyes of a child. Even today, the preponder­
ance of this genre uses the first approach.
Beginning in 1967 a number of stories about the Holocaust be­
gan to appear in the list of children’s titles. For the last decade,
there have been approximately ten new books each year detailing
the horrors that Jewish families endured throughout Europe and