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pastel hues, de Paola paints the symbols and customs o f Hanukkah
in his distinctive style. A good gift for pre-schoolers.
D
u ffy
, J
am e s
.
Cleaver o f the Good Luck Diner.
New York: Scribner’s,
1989. 117 p. (8-11)
Sarah’s dad gave them Cleaver, a Bernese Mountain dog, when
he walked out. Cleaver lives up to his promise, protecting them
by default in this story about an assimilated, intermarried family
having marital difficulties. Little overt Jewish content (the family
has a Christmas tree), but good for discussion.
E
h r l ic h
, A
m y
.
The story of Hanukkah.
Illus.
by
Ori Sherman. New York:
Dial, 1989. 26 p. (5-10)
A rare combination o f poetic narrative and stunning art in a
well-told and visually intriguing presentation o f the Judah-the-
Maccabee story. Sherman’s brilliant paintings may one day become
collector’s items.
E
ise n b e r g
, A
n n
.
Bible heroes I can be.
Illus. by Roz Schanzer. Rockville,
MD: Kar-Ben Copies, 1990. 24 p. (3-6)
Acquaints children with Bible heroes by comparing an action
or quality that a young child shares with a biblical hero or heroine
— e.g., Miriam watched Moses and I watch my little brother, or
King David played music and I can too. Children will readily iden­
tify with the activities portrayed in brightly colored poster-style
illustrations.
E
l ia s
, M
ir iam
L.
Goodbye, my friends.
Spring Valley, NY: Feldheim,
1989. 166 p. (10-14)
Final book of a trilogy:
Try fo r a dream
and
Then there were four
preceded. Here, Tova, Judy, Sephee and Orlee are preparing to
graduate from their Yeshiva. The stories stress the values of Ju­
daism and Jewish family life. Glossary appended.
F
ed er
, H
a r r ie t
.
Judah who always said, “no!”
Illus.
by
Katherine Janus
Kahn. Rockville, MD: Kar-Ben, 1990. unp. (4-8)
A contrary child will love this one. Even as a youngster, Judah
had his own opinions and acted on them. This trait served him
well when he grew up to lead the Jewish resistance to King
Antiochus. A good introduction to the Maccabee story for the
younger child.
F
e ldm a n
, E
ve
B.
Seymour, the formerly fearful.
New
Y ork : F o u r
Winds/
Macmillan, 1990. 151 p. (8-12)
Seymour Goldfarb is afraid of everything. He feigns injuries
and illness to avoid all but school and computers until his big cous­
in Pessach arrives from Israel and after much struggling, motivates
Seymour to become a mensch. Although the story line is thin,
characterizations are believable. Good for bibliotherapy.