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how to kiss the mezuzah and why. Charming illustrations in soft
blues, mauves and lavender suit the fantasy mood.
L
e m e l m a n
, M
a r t i n
.
Chanukah is;
and
My Jewish home.
Illus. board
books. New York: UAHC Press, 1988. 9 p. (2-4)
Toddler books. With a single line o f text and an illustration
about the holiday on each o f its pages,
Chanukah
successfully shows
the history, meaning and delights o f the holiday.
My Jewish home
has a word or phrase from Jewish life and a picture illustrating
it on each page. First published as a bath-dme book. Makes more
sense on board.
L
e v i t i n
, S
o n i a
.
Silver days.
New York: Atheneum/Macmillan, 1989. 192
p. (11-15)
An autobiographical sequel to
Journey to America
finds the Platt
family reunited first in a squalid New York tenement and later
in California. Adjustment to a new language, new customs, lack
o f money and worry about Grandma in Germany cast a pall over
the family. Despite this, there are many happy moments, including
gratitude for being safe in America. Dramatic pace is well main­
tained.
L
o w r y
,
Lois.
Number the stars.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989. 160
p. (8-12)
Set in Nazi-occupied Denmark, best friends Annemarie
Johansen and Ellen Rosen are frightened over the news that the
Jews are to be rounded up. The Rosens are spirited away by Peter,
a resistance fighter who was their dead daughter Lise’s fiance.
Ellen remains with the Johansens as “Lise.” How Ellen, her parents
and other fleeing Jews are smuggled out o f the country to Sweden
is the crux o f this highly satisfying, well plotted story with fully
realized characters.
M
a t a s
, C
a r o l
.
Lisa’s war.
New York: Scribner’s/Macmillan, 1989.
(12-YA)
Told in the first-person by 12-year-old Lisa, this is a novel about
the Nazi occupation o f Denmark and two Jewish teens, Lisa and
her older brother Stefan who become involved in the Danish re­
sistance movement. With the news o f an imminent Jewish round­
up, Lisa’s family, aided by the resistance and friends, flees. Lisa
and Stefan remain to fight, later joining other refugees in rowing
to Sweden. More event-filled than Lowry’s
Number the stars,
it is
an absorbing story for older readers.
M
e l t z e r
, M
i l t o n
.
Rescue: the story of how Gentiles saved Jews in the Holo­
caust.
Illus. with maps and photos. New York: Harper & Row,
1988. (10-14)
An impassioned account drawn from primary sources, including
anecdotes o f survivors about the many individual acts o f heroism