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L
a zew n ik
, L
ib b y
.
The enchanted circle.
New York: Feldheim, 1989. 202
p. (10-14)
It’s no good to be too smart or to have a last name like “Seltzer.”
Ricky feels that is why she is shut out from friendships at school,
but once she becomes a friendly, helpful girl, she gains friends.
Using Jewish values, she foils an elderly neighbor’s entrapment
by an unscrupulous man. Traditional Jewish life is portrayed. A
glossary is appended.
L
eader
, R .L .
Faithful soldiers.
Southfield, MI: Targum Press, 1989; dis­
tributed by Feldheim, Spring Valley, NY. 223 p. (10-14)
An absorbing and dramatic tale of Jewish heroism against im­
possible odds, the story recreates the terror and hardship of young
Jewish boys forcibly conscripted into the Czar’s army for twenty-
five years to “Russify” them. Its hero is a brilliant, religious, phys­
ically and mentally tough rabbi’s son who meets colorful characters
and has spellbinding adventures.
L e s t e r , J u l i u s .
H
ow
many spots does a leopard have?: and other tales.
Illus.
by David Shannon. New York: Scholastic, 1989. 72 p. (5-10)
Most of the stories are African, but two are Jewish. One of the
Jewish tales ingeniously combines an African and a Jewish theme
and illustrates the concept of “leshon hara.” Voluptuous, dark-
toned illustrations work equally well for both African and Jewish
tales. Bibliography.
L
ew is
, S
h a r i
.
One-minute Jewish stories.
Illus. by Roberta Collier. New
York: Doubleday, 1989. 45 p. (6-10)
Except for the unfortunate title, this is a dandy compilation of
favorite Jewish tales distilled to their basic elements and eminently
suitable for younger listeners with short attention spans and
second-grade readers with limited vocabulary. Richer, more liter­
ary versions of these tales are found in individual picture books
and in story-collections for older readers, but this book, too, has
its place.
M
a y er s
, F
lorence
C
a s se n
.
ABC: the alef-bet book.
Illus. with photos.
New York: Abrams, 1989. unp. (5 + )
An unusual Hebrew language alphabet book which uses glowing
photographs from the Israel Museum to illustrate each letter. It
opens from the right. Each page includes the Hebrew letter, its
English translation and the transliterated Hebrew pronunciation.
An excellent introduction in English is provided.
M
eln ikoff
, P
am ela
.
Plots and players: the Lopez Conspiracy.
Illus. by Ted
Bernstein. New York: Bedrick/Blackie, 1989. 160 p. (12 + )
Based on “the Lopez Conspiracy,” an episode of English history
and culture, Queen Elizabeth’s Jewish physician, Dr. Rodrigo Lo­
pez, is accused of being a Spanish agent and of attempting to poi-