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day customs, including a discussion on what it means to be “free
to be different” at Christmas time. Directions for preparing hol­
iday goodies, playing dreidle, and saying the blessings are includ­
ed. Competently illustrated in color and black and white.
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The wonder o f becoming you: how a Jewish girl grows
Spring Valley, New York: Feldheim, 1988. 80 p. (10-14)
Miriam Grossman, an Orthodox doctor, explains physiological
changes that occur in girls between 10 and 16, and the spiritual
changes which should occur as well. She quotes appropriate biblical
passages for female topics including: physical development, men­
struation, pregnancy, nursing and modesty. There is an insightful
chapter on emotions, and another on questions asked by girls and
the author’s answers. Glossary.
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Theodor Herzl: the road to Israel.
Illus. by Erika Weihs.
Phila.: Jewish Publication Society, 1988. 89 p. (8-12)
Recalling meaningful details o f Herzl’s personal life, personality,
professional achievements and aspirations, Gurko’s readable text
portrays the singularly dedicated and driven man behind the ide­
alized national hero.
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Anne Frank: life in hiding.
Illus. by Vera
Rosenberry. Phila.: Jewish Publication Society, 1988. 62 p. (8-12)
This skillfully written biography for readers too young for the
details the political events leading to Otto Frank’s decision
to move his family to Holland and eventually to go into hiding.
Hurwitz shows how Anne’s frankness, warmth and wit were a sus­
taining influence during the family’s 25-month confinement.
Rosenberry’s pencil sketches show the strain upon the Frank fam­
ily. A list o f important dates from 1914-47 is appended.
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Passport to Israel.
New York: Franklin Watts, 1988.
48 p. (Passport to Series) (10-14)
Through the use o f excellent maps and charts and impressive
statistics, the author successfully conveys Israel’s complexity and
diversity. Included are: land, people, capital city, home life, shop­
ping and eating, news and broadcasting, farming and industry,
transportation, education, origins o f the country and its place in
the modern world. Political problems, however, are mentioned
only in passing.
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A trip to mezuzah land.
Illus. Bryna
Neil Waldman.
Brooklyn, New York: Merkos Linyonei Chinuch, 1988. 48 p. (4-8)
An innovative way to introduce the concept o f mezuzah. A teach­
er takes her nursery school students on a dream-trip to “Mezuzah
Land.” There they see various types o f mezuzot on houses, meet
a sofer (scribe) who demonstrates how he writes the Torah scroll,
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