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the Holocaust published in the eighties are:
Nightmare in History
by Miriam Chaikin (Clarion, 1987) for ages 10 up;
Smoke andAshes
by Barbara Rogasky (Holiday, 1988) for ages 9 up;
We Remember
theHolocaust
by David Adler (Holt, 1989) for ages 8-12; and his
The
Number OnMy Grandfather's Arm
(UAHC, 1987, photos by Rose
Eichenbaum) which was the winner of the Sydney Taylor Best
Younger Children’s Book Award, 1988 (AJL). One hundred and
forty children’s books about the Holocaust have been published
since 1970, including fiction, memoirs and histories; 80 since 1982.
There were 46 books published about Israel from 1962-1972,
including biographies, histories, text-books, and fiction. Counting
again, from 1970-1975, there were 28 books published about Isra­
el. Only 6 were published between 1975-1980; 15 between 1980-
1985, and 31 between 1985-1991. The total for a 21-year period,
from 1970-1991 is 80. Chaya Burstein’s
A Kid's Catalog of Israel
(JPS, 1988) and
Kids Love Israel
,
Israel Loves Kids
by Barbara Sofer
(Kar-Ben, 1988) stand out from all the rest. Books about Israel
used to emphasize the heroic qualities of the sabras. Now we don’t
see much of that. A glimpse of the real Israel is found in
Alina: A
Russian Girl Comes toIsrael
by Mira Meir (JPS, 1982), in
Falasha No
More
by Arlene Kushner (Steimatzky, 1986) and in
TheJourney
by
Sonia Levitin (Atheneum, 1987)—books that describe another
kind of heroism and a country trying to absorb its new aliyah.
Noteworthy also are the photo-essay by Ann Morris
When Will the
Fighting Stop?
(Atheneum, 1991), a wistful wish for peace, and the
picture-story book by Michelle Edwards (Morrow, 1991)
Chicken
Man
, which hints at some of the infighting that goes on in
kibbut­
zim.
REALI STIC FICTION
Although there are Jewish children’s books on contemporary
social problems, such as Barbara Cohen’s
King ofthe Seventh Grade
(Lothrop, 1982), social problems as plot elements are not repre­
sented in the same proportion in Jewish children’s literature as in
general children’s literature. Authors of Jewish children’s fiction
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