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* Y o l e n , J a n e .
0 Jerusalem,
illus. John Thompson.
Blue Sky, 1996. unp. (lOup)
Jerusalem’s special quality, feeling o f holiness, history and ageless appeal to
three religions has been captured by Jane Yolen’s poems in honor of Jerusa­
lem’s 3000th anniversary. Prose paragraphs supply the context for each poem.
Paintings by John Thompson enhance the collection.
Z a l b e n , J a n e B r e s k i n .
Happy New Year, Beni,
illus. Jane Breskin
Zalben. NY: Holt, 1995. unp. (4—8)
An introduction for children to the meaning of Rosh Hashanah. The story
centers around minor arguments between bear children Beni and Sara and
their scrappy cousin Max. Their elders show them how the ancient customs can
help resolve their disputes. These litde bears explain the important aspects of
the holiday and the universal value of these traditions. Glossary, recipe for a
round challah.
Z a l b e n , J a n e B r e s k i n .
Pearl Plants a Tree,
illus. Jane Breskin Zal­
ben. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1995. unp. (3-7)
On a trip to his old neighborhood, Pearl’s grandfather shows her the tree
he planted when he first came to America. Inspired to plant her own tree, Pearl
nourishes it over the cold winter, dreams of having a picnic under its branches
in the Spring. She and her grandfather do picnic, not under the tree, but by the
twig. An eminendy satisfying book, beautifully illustrated. (Pearl, et al. are
Z i e f e r t , H a r r i e t .
What is Hanukkah?
illus. Rick Brown. NY:Harp-
erCollins, 1994. (3-7)
Z i e f e r t , H a r r i e t .
What is Passover?
illus. Rick Brown. NY:Harper-
Collins, 1995. (3-7)
Small size paperbacks with lift-the-flaps are very attractive, informative, and
inexpensive. Introduces young children to these holiday’s traditions and rituals.