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the world and ends with an original song: “Jews Around the
World.” A glossary is appended. A fine introduction to the concept
of peoplehood.
B
l a nc
, E
sth er
S
ilv e r st e in
.
Berchick.
Illus. by Tenessee Dixon. Vol­
cano, CA: Volcano Press, 1989. 32 p. (6-10)
A tender story of love and freedom involving a colt and a Jewish
family, set at the turn-of-the-century on the Wyoming Plains. The
children name the colt “Berchick,” Yiddish for “little bear” and
treat it as a pet. Delicately detailed black and white drawings ef­
fectively convey the closeness of this homesteading Jewish family.
Winner o f the Association o f Jewish Libraries Best Younger Chil­
dren’s Book of 1989.
B
r o dm a n n
, A
l iana
R
etel
.
Such a noise!: aJewish folktale.
Tr. from Ger­
man by the author and David Fillingham. Illus. by Hans Poppel.
Brooklyn, NY: Kane/Miller, 1989. 32 p. (5-8)
The Jewish folktale about a man distressed by the crowding and
noise in his house who is given some unusual advice by the rabbi,
is retold here. Poppel’s wildly humorous paintings effectively show
the frantic, crowded interior. The text is literary, rather than folk-
loric.
B
r ook s
, J
erom e
.
Naked in winter.
New York: Orchard/Watts, 1990. 224
P- (12 + )
A teenage boy has to adjust when his father forces the family
to move. Jake Ackerman (
Make me a hero
) is older now. Jake’s
friendships with his old school friends falter, his parents’ tenuous
relationship takes an even worse turn, and Jake falls in love. Pa’s
illness brings the family together. That Jake speaks the true voice
of adolescence will readily be recognized.
C
o h e n
, B
ar bara
.
Tell us your secret.
New York: Bantam, 1989. 176
p. (12 + )
Eve, a child of Holocaust survivors, carries the burden of her
parents’ sadness and rebuffs the advances of Crunch, a handsome
athlete and a participant at the writers’workshop they both attend,
until something in the school’s basement deepens their under­
standing of each other. A page-turner.
C
o h e n
, M
olly
.
The mystery o f being Jewish.
New York: UAHC, 1989.
176 p. (12 + )
Nineteen Jewish personalities, including Theodor Herzl, Golda
Meir, Natan Sharansky, Betty Friedan, Norman Lear, Woody Al­
len, Ruth Westheimer, and Rosalyn Yalow, explain how being Jew­
ish influenced their lives. Interesting reading, conversational tone.
de
P
ao la
, T
om ie
.
My first Chanukah.
Illus. by the author. New York:
Putnam, 1989. unp. board book. (3-6)
With but two lines to each page of this board book, and soft