Page 102 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 5 (1946-1947)

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character, period and vigorous writing serve as excellent stepping
stones for the adolescent.
A Jewish juvenile periodical addressed to the child lends him a
sense of importance as an individual, receiving personal mail at
home. Both the “Young Judaean” and the “World-Over” are
acceptable. Such a periodical will enhance the child’s knowledge
of Jewish contemporary scenes and events and help to make him
articulate on these topics.
Intelligent parents will not fail to familiarize themselves with
the exact nature of reading matter used by their children. If they
do, they are inviting personal tragedy later; tragedy of a spiritual
nature or group maladjustment.
In presenting this booklist we have skimmed over a limited field
of Jewish juveniles. We have attempted to cite books of merit
with a certain degree of permanence. In assigning age brackets
we have aimed for flexibility and a logical group sequence of age,
grade, and intellectual progression. All the books cited are in-
tended merely as suggestions, a literary tour—a stop-over to enjoy
a wider view, a journey through Jewish Bookland — all intended
to taste ideas, factual and otherwise in the Jewish march of time
and events.
Any bibliography, no matter how well projected by the expert,
is subject to criticism either because of the inclusion or exclusion
of certain titles. Yet all criticism is valuable as it engenders a
centering of attention on the subject matter at large. All such
emphases on literature serve as aids for further selection and dis-
crimination. Book weeks, book fairs, book festivals are effective
media for the cultivation of better reading habits. All book focus-
ing helps to stimulate and to create interest toward the right
channels of reading. But in the last analysis, there is no better
coordinating factor in the direction of the Jewish child’s reading
than the book-loving and book-appreciative home. I f this excur-
sion into the Jewish child’s adventures in Bookland has any merit,
it should lend to the individual an acquisition of wholesome ele-
ments. All should aid in the marshalling of facts with pleasure as
well as an alertness, confidence, and racial self-respect. These ele-
ments we have aimed to present. We hope particularly for the
development of the quality of
for God and home and tradition. These books should yield the
Jewish child a sense of belonging in order that he may better
understand later what it means to be counted as a member of the
House of Israel.