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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.