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describe what it is like to be a Jew in Eastern Europe today, as
well as descendants o f Holocaust survivors. Overall, this is a book
o f cautious optimism and one that should be in all collections.
S
y m e
, D
e b o r a h
S
h a y n e
.
Partners.
Illus. by Jeffrey Wiener. NY: UAHC,
1990. 28 p. (5-8)
Two boys find out how they can be “partners with God in healing
the world.”
T
o p e k
, S
u s a n
R
em ic k
.
A holiday fo r Noah.
Illus. by Sally Springer.
Rockville, MD: Kar-Ben, 1990. 22 p. (3-6)
A slight book about a pre-schooler who mistakes “challah-day”
for another “holiday,” but by the end o f the week, it all straightens
out. Not an essential purchase.
T
r e s e d e r
, T
e r r y
W
a l t o n
.
Hear 0 Israel: a story o f the Warsaw Ghetto.
Illus. by Lloyd Bloom. NY: Atheneum, 1990. 48 p. (10-14)
A young Jewish boy in the Warsaw Ghetto recalls that his family
celebrated his older brother’s bar mitzvah not long after the Nazi
invasion and managed to observe Passover despite their lack o f
proper symbols for the seder plate. The story shows how various
individuals lost their faith or retained it during the Holocaust.
A powerful book, simple to read but not easy to take.
T
u r c k
, M
a r y
.
Jewish holidays
(Holiday Series). Photos. NY: Crestwood,
1990. 48 p. (9-12)
Briefly, but informatively, discusses the origins o f traditions sur­
rounding the Jewish holidays and life-cycle celebrations. Includes
old and new blessings, a bibliography for further reading and an
Index.
W
e i d t
, M
a r y a n n
N.
Mr. Blue Jeans: a story about Levi Strauss
(Creative
Minds Series). Minn., MN: Carolrhoda, 1990. 64 p. (8-12)
A brisk account o f Levi Strauss, the immigrant Jewish peddler
who went on to found Levi Strauss
Sc
Co., the world’s first and
largest manufacturer o f denim jeans. Drawings lend a folktale
quality. Includes realistic descriptions o f the ocean passage and
the rigors o f life in New York. This book is more suited for youn­
ger readers than the more extensive
Everyone wears his name
by
Sondra Henry and Emily Taitz.
W
e i s s e n b e r g
, F
r a n
..
The streets are paved with gold.
Tucson, Arizona:
Harbinger, 1990. 145 p. (10-14)
The eighth grade is a difficult time o f transition for Deborah
as she attempts to reconcile her desire for a regular school life
and friendships outside the Jewish community with her strong
attachment to her very traditional family. Generous and genuine
dialogue is gracefully held together by the author’s heartfelt nar­
rative. Winner o f the 1988 Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award.