Page 20 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 6 (1947-1948)

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Madison; illustrated by Warren Kreuter (Chicago, Wilcox and
Follett, 1946). Some of these publications are Christological and
should be used with caution in the Jewish home and in the Jewish
Although the Bible offers rich themes for the writing of children’s
stories, the year’s output of juvenile literature does not show th a t
Jewish writers have drawn upon them. They have, however,
written excellent books on non-Biblical subjects. Such writers
as Mrs. Sadie Rose Weilerstein, Jud ith Ish-Kishor, Mrs. Elma
E. Levinger and Deborah Pessin possess a special gift th a t give
their writings for young Jewish children a lasting distinction in
children’s literature. I t is the art of infusing historical and religious
facts with the atmosphere of fairy-tales, producing the frame of
mind in the reader in which the “ facts” are earliest and most
memorably received. Several of their works are designed to teach
Jewish children both Jewish customs and ceremonies and the
general background of Jewish holidays and festivals. In her
The singing way
, illustrated by Jessie B. Robinson (New York,
League Press, 1946), a delightful collection of poems about every
happy Jewish event in the lives of little Jud ith , Zipporah and
Danny — he of
What Danny did
fame, Mrs. Sadie Rose Weiler-
stein contrived to encompass within brief space a singing world of
laughter and love and reverence th a t is Jewish and child-like and
beautiful. The lilt and rhythm of her poems sing themselves
into the little reader’s heart. Her
Little new angel
, fascinatingly
illustrated by Mathilda Keller (Philadelphia, Jewish Publication
Society of America, 1947) forms a worthy companion to her
the moon brought
which was likewise published by the Jewish
Publication Society of America (Philadelphia, 1942). They are
the kind of books which charm and delight and from which
considerable knowledge of Jewish life is acquired by the juvenile
reader. How a little boy grows up learning the traditions, religious
principles and customs of Judaism is told by Mrs. Althea Osher
Silverman in
Habibi and Yow;
a little boy and his dog (New York,
Bloch, 1946) who romp through a series of adventures. They even
see heavens open up at midnight on Shabuot — a tale strange to
most American children. Jane Bearman is the author of several
good Jewish holiday stories which were published by the Union of
American Hebrew Congregations. Her
Fun on Sukkos
1946) and
Passover party
(Cincinnati, 1946) are truly delightful
stories for the very young, written in simple rhyme and lavishly
illustrated with plenty of color. Additional holiday stories are
contained in
Happiness fo r sale;
stories of Jewish life by Dorothy
Alofsin; illustrated by Shirley Knoring (New York, Bloch, 1946)
in which ideas of good sportmanship and high moral conduct are