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CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK
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Elijah’s Angel,
by Michael J. Rosen, illustrated by Aminah Brenda
Lynn Robinson (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)
Like Michael’s menorah in its final illustration,
Elijah’s Angel,
by Michael J. Rosen, casts its own shining light. Its beautiful,
rough-hewn illustrations, executed in house paint on scrap rag
by Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, perfectly represent the
work of the black barber and woodcarver, Elijah Pierce. A young
Jewish boy visits the barbe rshop and studio o f an old
woodcarver and a friendship results. It is as simple and glorious
as the glittering, polka-dotted “angel of friendship” that Elijah
places in Michael’s hand, bridging age, religion, and the color
of one’s skin. Just as Michael and his parents’ footsteps left a
dotted line between their house and Elijah’s, that line continues,
straight to the reader’s heart.
CONTEMPORARY JEW ISH LIFE
T h e R o n a l d L a u d e r F o u n d a t i o n A w a r d
Against A ll Odds: Holocaust Survivors and the Successful Lives They
Made in America,
by William B. Helmreich (Simon & Schuster)
Against A ll Odds: Holocaust Survivors and the Successful Lives They
Made in America
by William Helmreich is an important book.
It teaches us much about how survivors of the Holocaust went
about building new lives. Helmreich gathered knowledge of
great value and timeliness, and he reports it with regard for
its variety, understanding of its significance, and respect for
its human meaning.
FICTION
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Mr. Mani,
by A. B. Yehoshua, translated by Hillel Halkin
(Doubleday)
With the publication of
Mr. Mani,
Israeli writer A. B.
Yehoshua becomes an international writer of the first rank; the
novel is not only a work of art but also a work of literary magic.
Time will tell whether this novel will eventually be counted
among the major literary achievements of our time, as well it