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o f the East European town o f Chelm consult their own council
o f seven wise men with disastrous results. A good “readaloud.”
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My brother’s Bar Mitzvah.
b y
Susan Avishai.
Rockville, MD: Kar-Ben, 1990. 32 p. (6-10)
Sarah is worried that her messy brother won’t be able to “turn
into a man” overnight at thirteen, but when he chants from the
bima on the day o f his bar-mitzvah, she is proud o f him. A “con­
cept” book.
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My grandmother’s stories: a collection ofJewish folktales.
by Jael Jordan. NY: Knopf, 1990 (8-12)
Grandmother’s apartment in Tel-Aviv is the site o f the tales she
tells about her Russian-Jewish heritage. These stories within stories
have exquisite illustrations in black and white and in color. A won­
derful book for individual and group reading. Winner, Association
o f the Jewish Libraries’ Sydney Taylor Award for best Younger
Children’s Book, 1991.
G i t t e l s o h n , R o l a n d
decide?: a contemporary Jewish approach
to what’s right and what’s wrong.
NJ: Behrman House, 1989. 170
p. (12-15)
Draws on the Jewish tradition to advise adolescents on making
ethical decisions about death, family, sex and other areas o f life.
More than 150 photographs complement the text.
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The answered prayer and
other Yemenite folktales.
I l lu s . b y M a r j o r y W u n s c h . P h i la . : J e w i s h
P u b l i c a t i o n S o c i e t y ,
1990. (8-12)
A collection o f twelve traditional tales o f ordinary people who
survive by their wits in a hostile world, it reflects the beliefs and
traditions o f the Jews o f Yemen, especially o f communal respon­
sibility. Interesting introduction about Jewish Yemenite history,
and dramatic black and white illustrations.
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A child’s book of Midrash:
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Jewish stories
from the Sages.
NJ: Jason Aronson, 1990. (9-14)
A treasury o f wonderful stories with heroic personalities that
illuminates Jewish ethical and moral values. From rabbinic liter­
ature, they are here gracefully adapted for children in a handsome
oversized volume o f pages bordered with Hebrew calligraphy.
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Cakes and miracles: a Purim tale.
b y
Erika Weihs. unp. NY: Viking, 1991. (4-8)
Young, blind Hershel finds that he has unique gifts which he
can use to help his mother, a baker, during Purim. A tale that
satisfies on many levels — the writing, the illustrations, the message
o f fulfillment. Information about Purim is appended.
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The world’s birthday: a Rosh Hashanah