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tures a photograph and some information, as well as the answer.
Families are shown enjoying the holiday together.
Ray, Jane .
Noah’s ark: words from the Book o f Genesis.
Illus.
by Jane Ray.
NY: Dutton, 1990, unp. (4-8)
An outstanding version o f Noah’s Ark from an environmental­
ist’s point o f view with stunning stylized illustrations in a “sophis­
ticated” primitive style.
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Daniel and Esther.
NY: McElderry/MacMillan, 1990.
160 p. (12 up)
Two teenagers, the boy already traumatized by a previous ex­
perience, attend boarding school in England in the years preceding
World War II. They are swept apart by forces more powerful
than their love for one another when the Jewish girl, Esther, re­
turns to Vienna to rejoin her parents.
Ross,
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il l i a n
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The little old man and his dreams.
Illus. by Deborah Healy.
NY: Harper, 1990. 32 p. (5-8)
God comes to an old man in his dreams and allows him to attend
his granddaughter’s wedding, but in return the old man must come
to live with God. Glowing colors o f red, gold, purple, dark blue,
browns and greens in the oil paintings contribute to the mystical
aura.
Russo,
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a r i s a b i n a
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A visit to Oma.
Illus. by the author. NY:
Greenwillow, 1990. unp. (4-8)
When a little girl visits her great-grandmother who speaks to
her in a foreign language, she makes up a story in her own head
to fit the great-grandmother’s gestures. Set in an East European
shtetl, it is a typical story about an unhappy arranged marriage
from which the bride (the great-grandmother) escaped to find true
love. The poster-like illustrations are in rich, deep, opaque colors
and are most effective.
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One good turn.
Spring Valley, NY: Feldheim,
1990. 144 p. (11-15)
On their way to Israel, a Russian-Jewish family spends some
time in England where teenage Nadja blossoms into maturity as
she lives a free Jewish life and makes rewarding friendships. This
smoothly written book was written by a seventeen year-old girl.
It is the first in Feldheim’s new “Young Writers Division” — teens
writing for teens.
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o n i
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Hanukkah !
Illus. by Marylin Hafner. Boston, MA:
Little, Brown/Joy, 1990. 32 p. (4-7)
An especially warm and joyful book that describes the meanings
and traditions o f the holiday as five children celebrate Hanukkah
with their family. The text has a poetic cadence. The illustrations
are riotous — filled with details and the minutiae o f life during