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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
This new title in the Do-It-Yourself Jewish Adventure series is
set in Jerusalem in the year 70 C.E.. Readers have to make de­
cisions at the end o f each chapter choosing their course o f action
— to stay and fight or to flee and establish a new center o f learning.
Certainly makes history come alive.
R
o s e n f e l d
, D
i n a
.
Tiny treasures: the wonderful world o f a Jewish child.
Illus. by Bryna Waldman. Brooklyn, New York: Merkos Linyonei
Chinuch, 1988. unp. (3-6)
A beautifully designed book. Bryna Waldman’s wide-eyed little
girl is suffused with the joy o f being a Jew and living a traditional
Jewish life. The text is in rhyme, and the words dance and march.
R
o s o f s k y
, I
r i s
.
Miriam.
New York: Harper
8c
Row, 1988. (12-YA)
In this introspective famly novel written in the first person, Mi­
riam, a devout and lonely girl, observes her Orthodox Jewish fam­
ily with love and despair. Amidst a web o f family losses and con­
flict, and a discovery o f her own sexuality, Miriam matures and
comes to terms with her different life. Excellent characterizations.
R
o t h s t e i n
, C
h a y a
L
e a h
.
The Mentchkins make friends.
Illus. by Ruth
Perlstein. Spring Valley, New York: Feldheim, 1988. unp. (4-8)
The Mentchkins are little mentschen doing good deeds all day.
Didactic.
S
a c k s
, M
a r g a r e t
.
Beyond safe boundaries.
New York: Dutton/Lodestar,
1989. 160 p. (12-YA)
An insightful look into Jewish life in South Africa in the
1950s-1960s. Elizabeth Levin attends the right schools, but she
and her family are still banned from certain clubs. Furthermore,
her beloved older sister, Evie, is becoming a radical, joining Blacks
and Coloreds in their fight against Apartheid. Woven in are
Elizabeth’s budding sexuality and political awareness, her father’s
remarriage, and the family’s relationship with their servants. A
first novel that is a beaut.
S
c h w a r t z
, L
y n n e
S
h a r o n
.
The four questions.
Illus.
b y
Ori Sherman.
New York: Dial/Dutton/Lodestar, 1988. 40 p. (4-8)
A beautifully told haggadah for young children with gorgeous,
intricately patterned illustrations — o f animals at the Seder. The
illustrations are magnificent. Patterned after a medieval haggadah
in which animals were used because o f the ban on drawing the
human form, animals having a Seder may not be easy to explain
to a young child.
S
e g a l
, Y
o c h e v e d
.
Our sages showed the way.
Vol. IV. Transl. from the
Hebrew by Zippora Polachek. Illus. by Bethia Geffen. Spring Val­
ley, New York: Feldheim, 1988. (10-14)
A collection o f midrashim from the literature o f our Sages. The
stories are arranged under several topics: good deeds, fondness