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erations, music selections, instructions for making latkes and play­
ing dreidle with 9 vibrant water colors by Leonard Baskin.
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a yw a r d
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i n d a
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Baby Moses.
Illus. by Barb Henry. New York: Ran­
dom, 1989. (Step Into Reading Books) 32 p. (5-7)
A Bible-story book in a beginning-to-read format with controlled
vocabulary. Has full-color watercolor drawings of exotic Egyptian
settings and tells part of the Moses story — his floating down the
Nile to protect him from a cruel Pharaoh — with touches of whim­
sy and humor. Needs input from a teacher or parent to give the
background o f this episode.
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e rm an
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h a r l o t t e
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The house on Walenska Street.
Illus. by Susan
Avishai, New York: Dutton, 1989. 80 p. (8-11)
Family life in Russia at the turn-of-the-century is described in
seven episodes. Small details of Jewish life and customs are woven
into the story. A longer book, more fully fleshed-out would be
welcome, as these episodes leave too much untold. A first chapter-
book.
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erzog
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h a im
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Heroes of Israel: profiles o fJewish courage.
Illus. Boston:
Little, Brown, 1989. 295 p. (12 + )
Here is an ideal Bar/Bat Mitzvah gift. Written for adults, it is
ideal for older elementary and teens. Sixteen instances of Jewish
heroism are given, from the Bible to Entebbe. Beautifully designed
and illustrated with colored photographs. Index.
H
e st
, A
m y
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Fancy Aunt Jess.
Illus.
by A m y
Schwartz. New York: Mor­
row, 1990. 32 p. (5-8)
When Becky and Aunt Jess get together at baking and
sleepovers, it is a treat for both. Becky especially enjoys Jess’s
“women’s talk,” involving choice of husbands. A fun story with
attractive rich-colored and textured illustrations.
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The midnight eaters.
Illus. by Karen Gundersheimer. New
York: Macmillan, 1989. 32 p. (4-8)
Samantha and her grandmother, who temporarily shares her
bedroom while recuperating from an illness, raid the refrigerator
together, make delicious ice cream sundaes and share family pho­
tos, memories and love. Both illustrations and dialogue have
“Yiddishe tarn.”
H
offm an
, Y
a ir
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The world of the Bible fo r young readers.
New York:
Viking/Kestrel. 96 p. (10-14)
An oversized volume packed with information about the history
of the Jewish people and their neighbors from 2000
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third century
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The book is arranged in an interesting format,
with information in boxed insets and captions that explain the
more than 300 color photographs, maps, charts and drawings. A