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Vivi Hartman’s winter vacation in Miami with her grandmother
turns out not to be dull — with muggings at the condominium
and a mystery that began in Nazi Germany aboard the ship
An exciting read.
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The journey.
Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1992. 250 p. (12 up)
Two Jewish sisters posing as Christians report to a transit camp
to be sent to work in Germany, facing countless dangers and forced
into a series o f escapes and changes in identity.
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David and Goliath. Illus. by the author.
Holiday, 1993. unp. (6-10)
This is surely the “mother o f all David and Goliaths.” Fisher’s
majestic chalk paintings are dramatic renditions o f this mighty
theme, and his David is so Jewish. The telling is simple and stark.
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The biggest littlest birthday cake.
Illus. by Harvey Klineman.
Feldheim, 1992 (6-8)
A Mimmy and Simmy story (one o f a series) that teaches the
importance o f sharing.
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Savta Simcha, Uncle Nechamya and the very strange stone
in the garden.
Illus. by Bina Gevirtz. Feldheim, 1992. 92 p. (8-10)
A stone with unusual powers and a mysterious light, leads to
an adventure-filled journey to Tsefat and back.
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The upsherin: Ephraim’s first haircut;
the Shalom
Zachar at Nachum’s house.
Illus. by Miriam Berg. CIS, 1991. unp.
Two picture story books about rituals honoring baby and toddler
boys in the Orthodox tradition.
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Jeremy’s dreidel.
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Judith Friedman. Kar-Ben,
1992. unp. (5-9) he and pb
A boy makes a Braille dreidel for his father and wins the un­
derstanding and cooperation o f his friends. Dreidel instructions
are appended. Muted watercolor illustrations with fully realized
portraits o f Jeremy.
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A very special gift.
Illus. by Tova Leff. HaChai,
1993. unp. (6-10)
Gali, a child from a traditional family, wants to buy her mother
something special for Purim. She finally earns the money to buy
markers to decorate a platter given to her by the kindly hardware
man, but it gets broken. How does something good come from
this? Read and find out.
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Something from nothing.
111. by the author. North
Winds Press/Scholastic Canada Ltd., 1993. unp. (4-8)
A charming book based on a Yiddish folktale o f a favorite article
wearing out and converted successively into something smaller.
The surprise is that there are two stories going on simultaneously,