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POSNER/JEWISH JUVENILE BOOKS
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performed by righteous Gentiles who tried to thwart Hitler’s ex­
termination o f the Jews.
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Startingfrom home: a writer’s beginnings.
New York: Viking/
Penguin, 1988. (12 up or YA)
Meltzer’s gift is to make history relevant for young people. Here
we see the elements that contributed to making him a compas­
sionate, socially aware writer: his boyhood, the Depression era,
anti-Semitism and his Austrian Jewish immigrant parents. A fine
autobiography.
M
u g g a m i n
, H
o w a r d
.
The Jewish Americans.
Illus. with photos, reprods.,
bibliog. New York: Chelsea House, 1988. (Peoples o f America Se­
ries) (11-14)
A broad overview o f the Jewish experience in America. Includes:
history, culture, religion, conditions that spurred emigration to
America; the acceptance o f American Jews as an ethnic group,
and some major American Jewish figures and their accomplish­
ments.
P
o l a c c o
, P
a t r i c i a
.
The keeping quilt.
Illus. by the author. New York:
Simon & Schuster, 1988. 32 p. (4-8)
The fabric for the pieced quilt o f this story links four gener­
ations. Moving from when the author’s great-grandmother first
came to America to the present, the quilt plays a part in all o f
the family’s life-cycle events. Illustration is in black and white, ex­
cept for the quilt which is in color. Carries a warm message. Winner
o f the 1989 Association o f Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Award
for Best Younger Children’s Book.
P
r o v o s t
, G
a r y
and
G
a il
L
e v i n e
.
David and Max.
Phila.: Jewish Pub­
lication Society, 1988. 180 p. (8-12)
David learns about his grandfather Max’s Holocaust past when
Max spots a familiar signed still-life that could only have been
done by a childhood friend who he thought had died in a con­
centration camp. They devote the summer to tracking down the
elusive artist-survivor, who comes forward too late for Max. A
well-written book with warm family relationships.
R
a d i n
, C
h a r i
.
I have four questions.
Illus. by the author. Rockville, MD:
Kar-Ben, 1989. 12 p. (2-4)
A little book that asks the question “Why is this night different?”
and proceeds to illustrate the difference, then to answer it in a
double spread: “Because we were slaves in Egypt and now we are
free.” It ends with: “Tell me why tonight is different. Tell me
the story o f Passover.” I love it. It prepares the younger child
for the Seder.
R
o s e m a n n
, K
e n n e t h
.
The Tenth of Av.
Illus. with photos, maps. New
York: UAHC Press, 1988. 127 p. paper (9-12)