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ILLUSTRATED CHILDREN’S BOOKS
JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
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Mrs. Moskowitz and the Sabbath Candlesticks
by Amy Schwartz (The
Jewish Publication Society)
A picture book is defined as a book in which the illustrations
cannot be separated from the text; each extends the meaning of
the other. This fine balance is exemplified in
Mrs. Moskowitz and
the Sabbath Candlesticks.
“Enjoy your new home,” says the moving
man to a despondent Mrs. Moskowitz, adrift among the packing
cases. Schwartz’s ro u n d ed , homely figu res are carefu lly
modelled, and filled with gentle humor. The message about the
power of the Sabbath to transform an empty apartment into a
home is sensitively handled. We applaud its author/illustrator.
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Sylvia Avner, librarian ; Susan Goodman, Jewish
Museum; Charles Mikolaycak, illustrator.
ISRAEL
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From Time Immemorial
by Joan Peters (Harper
8c
Row)
The prize-winning book on Israel is
From Time Immemorial
by
Joan Peters because of the truths unearthed by the author on one
of the key issues in the world today as stated in her subtitle —
The
Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine.
Peters’ book
makes it abundantly clear that Israel’s right to exist and be recog­
nized is not only a de facto but a de ju re situation. By refusing to
acknowledge this the Middle East’s Arab states threaten to
plunge the world into another horrible war. Jews and Gentiles
alike now have an invaluable source book that is a powerful tool
in the political and diplomatic defense of Israel.
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:
David C. Gross, editor, The Jewish Week, N.Y.; Dr.
Raphael Patai, author; Roselyn Bell, editor, Hadassah Magazine.
JEWISH HISTORY
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Encounter with Emancipation
by Naomi W. Cohen (The Jewish
Publication Society)
Naomi Cohen’s
Encounter with Emancipation: The GermanJews in
the United States 1830-1914
is a masterly account of the first sizable
group of Jewish immigrants to settle in America in the nine-