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R u t t e r , J i l l .
Jewish Migrations,
illus. photos. NY: Thompson Learn­
ing, 1995.48 p. (9-11)
Describes migrations of Jewish communities over the last 3,500 years. In­
cludes Jewish customs, religion, culture, and languages spoken. Also describes
persecution that has driven Jews to establish a homeland in Israel, photos,
maps, bib. index, large print, for home and curriculum use.
S a n d m a n ,
R o c h e l .
Big as an Egg: A Story about Giving,
first illus.
Chana Zakashanskaya. Brooklyn, NY: Hachai, 1995. 32 p. (5-9)
God’s messengers take mysterious forms. A story about sharing food in
scarce times. Takes place in Samarkand, the Soviet Union, in World War II.
The refrain “as big as an egg”—what he is asked to donate from his bread ra­
tion—is repeated throughout, the story is told with just the right cadence and
words, and the illustrations are wonderful.
S a n f i e l d , S t e v e .
Bit by Bit.
illus. Susan Gaber. NY: Philomel, 1995.
32 p. (3 -7 )
A circular version of “Joseph’s Little Overcoat” has Zundel the tailor redo­
ing his worn garment into something smaller over and over again, but the twist
here is the repetitive images o f the storyteller holding his book and the fact that
with each reduction of garment, ZundeFs life takes a turn. Comic touches and
rich intense shades of oranges and blues.
S a n f i e l d , S t e v e .
Strudel, Strudel, Strudel,
illus. Emily Lisker. NY:
Orchard, 1995. unp. (7-9)
In the town of Chelm, a teacher and his wife hit upon a plan for each to save
money. By betraying one another, they wind up trapped in a trunk rolling
down a hill to Market Square. Primitive folk art.
S a s s o , S a n d y E i s e n b e r g .
But God Remembered: Stories of Women
from Creation to the PromisedLand,
illus.Bethanne Andersen.VT: Jewish
Lights, 1995. 31 p. (8 -12 )
Four midrashim about courageous, strong women briefly mentioned in bib­
lical tradition and religious texts are featured in Rabbi Sandy Sasso’s latest
book. They are: Lilith, Serach, and the daughters of Zelophehad. Well told
and accompanied by dramatic, luminous paintings.
* S c h n u r , S t e v e n .
The Tie Man’s Miracle: A Chanukah Tale,
Stephen T . Johnson. NY: Morrow, 1995. 32 p. (5-9)
On the last night of Chanukah, Mr. Hoffman, the tie peddler, is invited to
stay for the lighting of the menorah. He tells o f his family and his children, who
were lost in the Holocaust. He later describes his village’s belief that if all nine
candles on the menorah burn out together, the wishes o f those watching are
carried to God in the smoke. Seth, who had never paid attention to Mr. Hoff­
man, is deeply moved and that night, the miracle of the candles occurs and he
wishes “Please give the tie-man back his family.” They never see Mr. Hoffman
again. A story of many levels and uses.