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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
CH ILDREN ’S P ICTURE BOOK
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Hanukkah!,
by Roni Schotter, illustrated by Marylin Hafner (Lit­
tle, Brown & Company)
Hanukkah!
is a joy for everybody from grandparents to the
youngest family members. Preparations are under way for the
last night of Hanukkah, with candles shining like sunlight, latkes
flying everywhere, five children creating handmade gifts, mama
making applesauce, papa making salad and, of course, grandma
has made her famous lemon cake. Author Roni Schotter and
illustrator Marilyn Hafner have taken a most popular subject
and given it a specific quality. Ms. Schotter’s story can happen,
just as told, in any large family’s home today, and what happens
in the story is exactly portrayed in the spirited, warm-hearted
illustrations.
CONTEM PORARY JEW ISH LIFE
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Maintaining Consensus: The Canadian Jewish Policy in the Postwar
World,
by Daniel J. Elazar and Harold M. Waller (The Jerusalem
Center for Public Affairs/University Press of America)
Maintain ing Consensus
is a solid description of the Canadian
Jewish Community, and much more. Part of the groundbreak­
ing corpus of work by Daniel J. Elazar, it is important in its
own right and a paradigm for its genre. Elazar and his colleague,
Harold M. Waller, show how a theoretically rooted social sci­
entific perspective, a wide-ranging grasp of the Jewish condi­
tion, and good research can combine to produce a study which
is substantively rich and structurally suggestive for what one
hopes will be similar works on other Jewish communities.
FICTION
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The Gift o f Asher Lev,
by Chaim Potok (Alfred A. Knopf)
In
The Gift o f Asher Lev
Chaim Potok not only returns to the
protagonist of his earlier novel,
My Name is Asher Lev,
but to
the thematic concerns that have preoccupied him throughout
his career: the conflicts between tradition and modernism, spir­