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Fisher’s version of the biblical story of Moses and the Exodus suggests a
great staged pageant with richly colored paintings. A Passover story with the
universal message of freedom.
F r a n k e l , E l l e n and S a r a h L e v i n e .
Tell It Like It
Is:
Tough Choices
for Today’s Teens.
NJ: KTAV, 1995. 177 p. (12-15).
Rebelling against some of her family’s traditional observances, Sarah allows
herself to be flattered by the attentions of a popular clique in her new school,
leading to her making a series of foolish decisions, but she learns from her mis­
takes.
F r e e d m a n , S u z a n n e .
Louis Brandeis: The People’s Justice.
(Justices
o f
the Supreme Court Series; illus. photos and cartoon repros. Spring­
field, NJ: Enslow, 1996. 104 p. (11 up)
An informative, readable biography about Louis Brandeis, the first Jew to
be nominated to the Supreme Court, and who put the needs of the individual
before the interests of government and big business. He was known, informal­
ly, as “adviser to presidents.” Chronology; Where to Write; Glossary; Bibliog­
raphy; Index
* F r i e d m a n , I n a
R.
FlyingAgainst the Wind: The Story ofa Young Wom­
an Who Defied the Nazis.
MA: Lodgepole, 1995. 228p. (10-16)
Having grown up in a free-thinking family, Cato could not be indoctrinated
into the Nazi doctrine. Joining other Hider youth in anti-Hider activities, she
later unwittingly found herself involved with the “Red Orchestra,” a Commu­
nist cell whose leader betrayed the others when caught. A high-interest, low
reading level book that can be used with
The White Rose .
G e l l m a n , M a r c
.
God’s Mailbox: More Stories About Stories in the Bible.
illus. Debbie Tilley. NY: Morrow Jr. Books, 1996. I l l p. (8-12)
In his second book of modern midrashim, Gellman offers some new takes.
Most of the tales are witty and well-crafted, some are plain silly, but all offer
wisdom. The sources are given.
G e v i r t z , G i l a .
Partners With God.
illus. Liberman O ’Dell Waldman.
NJ: Behrman, 1995. 128 p. (7-11)
A well-written, non-condescending book of theology for children responds
to questions about God with apt analogies, metaphors, and stories. With its ex­
cellent full-color photographs, illustrations plus non-intrusive spaces for chil­
dren to respond, think of it as a journal for the soul, or a textbook par
excellence.
* G o l d i n , B a r b a r a .
Bat Mitzvah: A Jewish Girl’s Coming ofAge.
illus.
Erika Weihs. NY: Viking, 1995. 126 p. (10-14)
It is for those who would like to know more about women in Jewish history,
and finally the history, preparation, ceremony (some very unconventional) and
meaning o f Bat-Mitzvah. For all girls looking forward to their coming-of-age