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ture-storybook format for themes like “immigration” and “accul­
turation” once used only in books for older children. Barbara
Cohen entered the Jewish children’s market with her
The Carp in
the Bathtub
(Lothrop, 1972) and has been delighting readers ever
since. Artists and authors continued to mine traditional Jewish lit­
erature for inspiration as, for instance, Uri Shulevitz (
The Magi­
cian
, Macmillan, 1972) and Carol Chapman and Arnold Lobel
(The
Tale ofMeshka the Kvetch
, Dutton, 1980). With
The House on the
Roof
illustrated by Marilyn Hirsh (Hebrew Publishing, 1976),
David Adler introduced the first holiday story with literary merit
that contained as many large illustrations as a picture book.
Clearly, the seventies could also be known as the decade of hol­
iday craft and activity books and the beginning of Jewish holiday
non-fiction series, such as Joyce Becker’s
Jewish Holiday Crafts
(Bonim/Hebrew Publishing, 1977). In 1978, Margery Cuyler
wrote
Jewish Holidays
(Holt), which had not only crafts and activi­
ties, but also delved into the historic backgrounds of nine holidays.
A forerunner of many holiday series that would follow, this book is
unusual in that it was written by a non-Jew and published by a trade
publisher. Over the years, series of distinguished holiday books
were written by Malka Drucker (Holiday), Miriam Chaikin (Clar­
ion) and by various authors for Kar-Ben, including its owners, Say-
pol Groner and Wilder.
The pre-immigration and immigration periods continued to be
sources of inspiration to authors, resulting in non-fiction books
such as: Milton Meltzer’s
World ofOur Fathers
(Farrar, 1974) and
novels like Chaya Burstein’s
Rivka
books (Hebrew Publishing),
Marietta Moskin’s
Waiting for Mama
(Coward, McCann, 1975);
and Anita Heyman’s
Exitfrom Home
(Crown, 1977). The period of
acculturation, set in the 1930s and 1940s, fed the muses of several
authors of “series” books that followed their central characters un­
til either the year culminating in Bar Bat Mitzvah, as in Carol Sny­
der’s
Ike andMama
series (Coward), or until their pre-teen years as
in Miriam Chaikin’s “Molly” books (various titles, Harper); and
Mindy Warshaw Skolsky’s “Hannah” books (Harper & Row).
Rose Blue introduced a more recent immigration as a plot ele­