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1992 NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARDS
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the Jewish condition. Under the influence o f his sensitive moth­
er, Marek searches for the best parts o f himself and the people
he loves. By the time the story ends with Marek trapped for
a terrifying day inside the Warsaw Ghetto, his views o f father­
hood and his fatherland have been changed forever. The mov­
ing English translation owes much to Hillel Halkin, one o f to­
day’s finest translators o f Hebrew literature.
CH ILDREN ’S P ICTURE BOOK
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P
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A
w a r d
Chicken Man,
written and illustrated by Michelle Edwards
(Lothrop, Lee & Shephard)
On the kibbutz where Rody lived, caring for the chickens
had never been considered an enviable job — never, that is,
until Rody had it. But then, for some reason, any job Rody
was assigned always seemed to be the very best job. Why else
would he perform every task with such joy and enthusiasm?
Michelle Edwards’ inspiring story o f
Chicken Man,
who never
fails to make the best o f every situation, completely entertains
while enlightening the reader about life on an Israeli kibbutz.
To further enhance the experience o f this delightful story, Ms.
Edwards has filled each page with boldly energetic paintings
that are visually engaging as well as amusing.
CONTEMPORARY JEW ISH L IFE
T
h e
R
o n a l d
L
a u d e r
F
o u n d a t io n
A
w a r d
Tradition in a Rootless World: Women Turn to Orthodox Judaism,
by Lynn Davidman (University o f California Press)
Lynn Davidman illuminates an important phenomenon in
Tradition in a Rootless World
and thus makes a significant con­
tribution to our understanding o f contemporary Jewish life. Her
book is an excellent study o f the ways in which women take
on more traditional patterns o f Jewish living through modern
Orthodoxy and through Chabad. This work shows sophisticated
understanding o f the meaning o f being a
baalat teshuvah
in a
culture o f secularism and growing gender equality.