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children to make connections, to no longer be alone. An emotional tale.
M e a c h u m , V i r g i n i a .
Steven Spielberg: Hollywood Filmmaker,
photos. Portland, OR: Enslow, 1996. 112 p. (12-16)
The life and career of this successful filmmaker has plenty of behind-the-
scenes information on filmmaking for each of Spielberg’s films, but especially
Schindler's List.
Interesting insights on how his being a minority Jew in his
neighborhood impinged on his vocation for making films.
* M e t e r , L e o .
Letters to Barbara,
first English edition illus. Leo Meter,
drawings. Woodstock, NY: Overlook Press, 1995. unp. (10-Adult)
transl. by Joel Agee
Leo Meter, a German socialist, was notJewish but his wife and daughter were.
Always against the Nazis, Leo was arrested and finally sent to the front to fight on
the side of the Germans (although it is reported that he always fired into the air).
These are the letters and drawings he sent to his daughter in the Netherlands.
M e y e r , C a r o l y n .
Drummers ofJericho.
NY & San Diego: Harcourt/
Gulliver, 1995. 307 p. (10-14)
A 14-year-old Jewish girl goes to live with her father and stepmother in a
small town and soon finds herself the center of a civil rights batde when she
objects to the high school band marching in the formation of a cross.
* N a t h a n , J o a n .
The Children'sJewish Holiday Kitchen.
Second edition
illus. Brooke Sender. NY: Schocken/Random, 1995. 157 p. (7-10 with
an adult, 11+ alone)
70 recipes and activities for Jewish holidays around the year with 10 child-
centered memoirs about Nathan’s family’s history in Poland and the many
countries in which relatives and friends settled—including America and Israel.
The book design, illustrations, type headings and type enhance the beauty of
the book and the clarity of the instructions.
N e r l o v e , M i r i a m .
Flowers on the Wall,
illus. Miriam Nerlove. NY:
Simon & Schuster, 1996. 32 p. (6-10)
The young daughter of aJewish family, forced to stay home from school in
the winter because she lacks shoes, brightens their one-room basement apart­
ment by painting flowers on the walls. Spring comes and the child is given a
hand-me-down pair of shoes, but with the Nazi invasion, all Jews are herded
into the ghetto and then transported to the camps. The subdued mottled wa-
tercolor illustrations reflect the sombre mood, relieved only by the brightness
o f the flowers painted on wall.
N e w m a n , L e s l e a .
Remember That,
illus. Karen Ritz. NY: Clarion,
32 p. (4—8)
When Bubbe can’t remember and is moved to a nursing home her grand­
daughter visits and they talk and laugh together as before. Yiddish words add an
authentic note, although a glossary is not included. The watercolor illustrations
are a bit oversweet and happy. The book may make it easier for children to ac-