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JEW ISH BOOK ANNUA L
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Eliezer Ben-Yehuda: the father o f modern Hebrew.
Illus.
with photos. New York, Dutton/Lodestar, 1987. 128 p. (10-14)
How one man’s vision and obsession enabled the Jewish people
to revive Hebrew as a spoken language. Gives insight into the com­
plex events behind what so easily can be taken for granted.
E
l i a s
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i r i a m
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And then there were four.
Spring Valley, NY, Feldheim,
1987. 150 p. hc/pb (10-14)
A coming-of-age, idealistic novel o f friendship in which four
girls each ponder a school assignment — “why they should feel
fortunate.” Good characterizations save this from being a tract.
Will be satisfying to younger readers o f this age group because
o f its emphasis on peer relationships. (Third in a series)
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e d e r
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It happened in Shushan.
Illus. by Rosalyn Schanzer.
Rockville, MD, Kar-Ben Copies, 1988. 24 p. (4-8)
A gem o f a book that uses rebuses for some words and provides
repetitive choruses o f other words, allowing children to quickly
join in the telling o f this funny version o f the Purim Megillah.
Make larger copies o f the rebuses and hold up for even more
audience participation and hilarity.
* F
i n k e l s t e i n
, N
o r m a n
H.
Theodor Herzl
(an Impact biography). New
York, Franklin Watts, 1987. 128 p. (11-16)
A compelling portrait o f the charismatic Herzl, aroused by the
Dreyfus trial, and possessed by a dream he would not relinquish
— a homeland for Jews. Notable.
F
i s h e r
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d a m
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Our holidays series:
Hanukkah; Purim; Passover; fa l l hol­
idays.
Illus. respectively by: Katherine Kahn, Erika Weihs, Jana
Paiss and Jody Silver. Wachtung, New Jersey, Behrman House,
1987. 16 p. each, pb 8 x 10 format (2-6)
These books help children understand each holiday by using,
as examples, experiences familiar to the very young child.
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a n z
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a f f a
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From head to toe: a book about you.
Illus. by Harvey
Klineman. Spring Valley,
N Y ,
1988. 40 p. (6-11)
A bilingual labeling (English-Hebrew) o f parts o f the body with
explanations o f each part’s function and the blessing to use for
each. The text describes the mitzvot made possible by using the
part (of the body) — the mundane made holy. Developmentally
sound. Will be o f use and interest to older children, as well.
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Savta Simcha and the seven splendid gifts.
Illus. by Bina
Gewirtz. Spring Valley, NY, Feldheim, 1987. 120 p. (8-12)
Savta Simcha is more fun than ever. Her supermarket for Suk-
kot shopping is the whole o f Israel — including some largely Arab
areas. She gathers barley from the same valley as did Naomi and
Ruth, raisins from a rooftop in Hebron, wine from grapes grown
in Meron, etc. Glossary. (Third in a series).