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When Alex’s Bar Mitzvah gets flooded out, his ingenious grandfa­
ther and an ark-like house save the day.
S c h r a m m , P e n i n n a h .
The big sukkah.
Illus. by Jacqueline Kahane.
Rockville, MD., Kar-Ben Copies, unp. (4-8)
Berl, whose home is too small to entertain relatives, solves the
problem when he realizes that the smallest home has the biggest
back yard and builds a giant sukkah. Lively folktale adaptation.
* S c h u r , M a x i n e .
Hannah Szenes
a song of light.
Illus. by Donna Ruff.
Phila., PA., 1986. 106 p. (10-14)
Less detail and background information than in Linda Atkinson’s
version, but catches Hannah’s romanticism and includes much of
her poetry.
* S c h w a r t z , A m y .
Yossel Zissel and the wisdom ofChelm.
Illus. by the author.
Phila, PA., Jewish Publication Society, 1986. 30 p. (6-10)
A typical fool’s tale in which something of value is successively
traded for something of less value, making perfect sense to the
trader. The charm lies in the illustrations and Schwartz’s tongue-in-
cheek humor. Combines the best elements o f the Chelm stories.
♦ S e n d e r , R u t h .
The cage.
Trans, from the Yiddish
b y
the author. New
York, Macmillan, 1986. 245 p. (mature 12-up)
Riva struggles to keep her younger brothers with her after their
mother is arrested by the Nazis. The author presents harrowing
descriptions of life and death in the ghetto and concentration camp
and gives fervent testimonials to the love, strength, and dignity that
helped her survive.
S h a m i r , M o s h e .
Thefifth wheel.
Illus. by Shmuel Katz. Transl. from the
Hebrew. Berkeley, CA, Benmir Books, 1986, 113 p. (11-16)
On the way to fetch a tractor for the kibbutz, a string of misadven­
tures befall Kolbo, a hapless hero with a big heart.
♦ S h e r m a n , E i l e e n B l u e s t o n e .
Monday in Odessa.
Phila., PA., Jewish Pub­
lication Society, 1986. 164 p. (10-14)
Marina is faced with a dilemma. If she, aJew, wins the storytelling
contest, it will further complicate her parents’ efforts to obtain per­
mission to emigrate from Soviet Russia. Winner o f the National Jew­
ish Book Award for Children’s Literature - 1987.
S h o s t a k , M y r a .
Rainbow candles: a Chanukah counting book.
Illus.
b y
Katherine Janus Kahn. Rockville,
M D . ,
Kar-Ben Copies, 1986. unp.
(2-4)
A rhyming account of a little girl lighting her menorah each night
of Hanukkah. One of four attractive holiday board books (See
Groner, above).
S h t e i n e r ,
Puah.
Forever myJerusalem. A personal account of the siege and sur­
render of Jerusalem’s Old City in 1948.
Tranls. from the Hebrew by