Page 45 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 8 (1949-1950)

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THE YEAR ’S BOOKSHELF
BLOCH
and later of the Atomic Energy Commission. I t is not a full
biography of the man; the book deals largely with his works;
the man is only dimly mirrored. There are extensive quotations
from his speeches and writings. There is little about his boyhood
and youth and not much more of the character, the personality
and mind of the man.
JUVENILE LITERATURE
This survey has taken cognizance of quite a number of books
which, while written and published for children, are also useful
for grown-ups. There are, however, a few publications which
do not fall within this category; they are, in the fullest sense
of the term, juveniles; their appeal is exclusively to children.
Such a book as
ABC stories
for Jewish children by Daisy Phillips
Aronoff; illustrated by Leila Nash Danciger (N.Y., Bloch, 1948)
presents in simple child’s language and in alphabetical order
a number of stories of famous Hebrew personalities and descrip-
tions of Jewish religious ceremonies. In
Noah and the animal
boat
by Ben-Ami [Scharfstein] (N.Y., Shilo, 1948) the stories
of the creation of the world, the building of the ark, the flood
and the waters’ receding, are told as a child might imagine them.
This is equally true of
Young King David
by Marian King (Phila-
delphia, Lippincott, 1948) which retells the story of David
from his shepherd days to his coronation. The free rendition
of
Bustenai
by M. Lehman, probably made from the Hebrew
version, rather than from the German original (Brooklyn, N.Y.,
Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch, 1948) presents admirable reading
matter for Jewish young people.
MISCELLANEOUS PUBLICATIONS
Among the miscellaneous publications which have been issued
during the year are several volumes which are useful in the school
and in the home. A compilation of material “ integrating modern
Jewish history and literature through the presentation of dra-
matic selections” from the wealth of literature available in Eng-
lish or freshly translated from Yiddish, Hebrew and German
is presented in
Modern Jewish life in literature
by Azriel Eisenberg
(N.Y., United Synagogue, Commission on Jewish Education,
1948). Mabel T. Meyer, in her
Handwork and games for the
Jewish school
(N.Y., Bloch, 1948), tells how to teach various
games to Jewish children and Corinne Chochem, in her
Jewish
holiday dances
(N.Y., Behrman, 1948), presents a fusion of music,