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humor and enjoyment of life is expressed in the literature. Were I
to choose a central, underlying theme that prevails—it is the love
of family, and when the family is affected by political tragedy, so­
cial problems, illness or death, it is constantly recalled. This is why
so many of our books, especially the picture-storybooks are nostal­
gic. They are expressions of
Zakhor.
We do not want to forget our
past. We can also take pride that our children’s literature does not
condone cruelty and violence, not even in retribution. Instead, the
values it most frequendy expresses are compassion, social justice,
and generosity of spirit.