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escalation and effects in Nazi Germany, in each occupied country,
in each concentration camp. Victims are personalized and memo­
rialized through their own words, as well as by the author’s con­
trolled yet emotionally wrenching narrative. Notable.
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The Christmas revolution.
Illus. by Diane De Groat.
New York, Lothrop, 1987. 96 p. (8-11)
To her surprise, Emily finds herself siding with classmate Sim­
eon, a more traditional Jew, in refusing to sing Christmas carols
in school. This pits her against the rest o f the class, including
her twin sister and best friends. How she and Simeon resolve the
issue and discover the culprit o f a vandalistic act in which Simeon
is suspect, constitutes a good read and a good message.
The donkey’s story.
Illus. by Susan J. Cohen. New York,
Lothrop, 1988. 32 p. (4-9)
Balaam the prophet is compelled by Balak, the king o f Moab,
to curse Balak’s enemies, despite God’s instructions to the contrary;
but Sosi, Balaam’s donkey, refuses to comply. Lovely.
Even higher
(retold from Peretz). Illus. by Antoly Ivanov.
New York, Lothrop, 1987. unp. (6-10)
A realistic version o f the Yiddish tale o f a Jew, who doubting
the claims o f townspeople that their rabbi is elevated to heaven
by the power o f his prayers on Selichot, follows the rabbi to see
for himself. Although the illustrations are technically marvelous,
their cheerful orange tones and realistic depiction leave too little
to the imagination.
First fast.
Illus. by Martin Lemelman. New York, Union
o f American Hebrew Congregations, 1987. unp. (8-10)
Deftly weaves the liturgy and values o f Yom Kippur into a young
boy’s everyday life, that is — earning the right to play stickball
with the older kids by fasting, as they do. In addition, Harry and
his sister Leah find that fasting has its own rewards.
People like us.
New York, Bantam, 1987. 135 p. (11-15)
Cohen can impart a message and still not be didactic, as she
demonstrates in this novel o f interdating in a free and open society
where Jews and Gentiles mingle freely. Examines what is hypocrisy
and what is responsiblity.
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Gittel and the bell.
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Susan Martz.
Rockville, MD, Kar-Ben Copies, 1987. 32 p. (5-9)
Gittel, an impish child, has a different conception o f “important”
than the rest o f the town. She rings the town bell for the wrong
things, and neglects to ring it for something really important. Cute.
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Jewish holiday fun .
New York, Simon &
Schuster/Wanderer, 1987. unp. pb (9-12).
A holiday activity book o f crafts and cooking.