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Mikhail is the son o f a Russian embassy official who runs away
because he doesn’t want to return to Russia with his father. At
first, he is hidden in an attic by two Jewish children. Eventually
he comes into the open and learns for the first time about Jewish
holidays, especially Passover, and the Jewish peop le. The
children’s grandfather sets everything right and Mikhail returns
to his father. Large print with lots o f white space and short sen­
tences. Good for hi-low reading.
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Justin’s Hebrew name.
Illus. by Barbara Gellner.
Rockville, MD: Kar-Ben, 1988. hardcover; paper (5-9)
Justin is beginning Hebrew School and doesn’t have a Hebrew
name. In the process o f receiving one, he learns how names were
given in olden days and how much his new friends like him.
Tamar’s sukkah.
Illus. by Kathryn J. Kahn. Rockville, MD:
Kar-Ben, 1988. unp. paper (3-6)
Tamar’s sukkah is erected, but she feels that something is not
right. Each o f her friends contributes something until at last, full
o f friends, it is just right. A satisfying, informative Sukkot story.
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Just enough is plenty: a Hanukkah tale.
by Seymour Chwast. New York: Viking, 1988. 32 p. (4-8)
In a twist on the Elijah tale, a poor family invites an old peddler
to their sparse Hanukkah meal. He plays dreidle, tells stories, leads
songs and dancing, bringing joy and frivolity to the family. After
he leaves, it is discovered that he has rewarded the family for
its generosity and hospitality. Folk art illustration is “just enough.”
(Jewish Book Council National Award Winner for 1989 — Picture
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Arrogant Ari learns a lesson.
Illus. by Michael Horen.
New York: Mesorah, 1988. (Art Scroll MIDDOS Books) unp. (4-8)
One in a series o f books that teaches good traits in a pop idiom.
Here a boastful lion gets his comeuppance. Cartoon characters
airbrushed in day-glo colors.
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Out of many waters.
New York: Walker,
1988. (Walker’s American History Series for Young People) 208
p. (10-14)
Kidnapped during the Portuguese Inquisition and forced to
work for cruel monks, two sisters plan their escape from Recife,
Brazil on a Dutch ship bound for New Amsterdam. An exciting
adventure story with good characterizations.
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All about Hanukkah.
Illus. by
Rosalyn Schanzer. Rockville,
M D :
Kar-Ben, 1988. unp. hardcover;
paper (4-9)
More than half the book describes the story behind Hanukkah
and the reasons for its celebration. The rest centers on modern