Page 36 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 9 (1950-1951)

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J EW I S H BOOK ANNUAL
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aker
, N
ina
B
rown
. Nex t year in Jerusalem: the story o f Theodor Herzl . New
York, Harcourt, Brace,
1950. 186 p.
The author tells this story in rich detail, from the period of Herzl’s adoles-
cence to his death, and later, to his reinterment in the State of Israel. The
story reads like a novel, though the writer has kept strictly to fact. Wr it ten
for teen agers, adults, too, will enjoy it. The author tells the story with
warm objectivity so th a t Herzl emerges as a hero in full stature, (ages
(13־9
B
a l l
, E
l s i e
.
Ten days till harvest. Nashville, Tenn. , Abingdon-Cokesbury, 1949.
128 p.
This book tells the story of the prophet Micah who rescues a family from a
cruel landowner, (ages 9-13)
G
r e e n b e r g
, E
v e l y n
L
e v o w
.
The little tractor who traveled to Israel. Illus trated
by Israel Levy. New York, Behrman, 1949.
This is a picture story book of a little tractor who helps in the building of
a Jewish colony in the Negev. This earns the tractor the right to participate
in the celebration of the kibbutz. Little children will find this book in the best
picture book tradition, (ages 5-8)
H
a l p e r i n
, J
u d i t h
and
K
r e i n i k
, P
h y l l i s
.
Mickey Marcus: the story of Colonel
David Marcus. Illustrated by Ri ta Schweitzer. New York, Bloch, 1949.
Colonel David Marcus died in the defense of Jerusalem. This book is the
work of a group of high school students at the Erasmus Hall High School who
undertook the study of the life and work of this distinguished soldier, (ages
5-8)
H
o f f m a n
, G
a i l
.
The land and people of Israel. Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott,
1950. 119 p.
This book is one of the Portraits of the Nations Series. The volume is a
warm tribute to the pioneers of Israel. I t tells the story of the development
of the State of Israel and also gives the history of Palestine and a description
of Arab life, (ages 13-16)
H
o n n e s s
, E
l i z a b e t h
.
People of the promise. Illustrated by Robert
S .
Robison.
Philadelphia, Westminster Press, 1949. 50 p.
This is another Bible story picture book, beginning with Abraham and going
through the story of Joseph. The stories are simplified and substantially con-
densed. Some people will not like to make use of this volume because it pre-
sents Jacob as a cheat, (ages 5-8)
L
a u
, J
o s e p h i n e
S
a n g e r
.
The story of Joseph. Nashville, Tenn. , Abingdon-Cokes-
bury Press, 1949.
The story of Joseph
is a retelling of the old tale with new additions, (ages
9-13)
L
e h m a n
,
M. Unpaid ransom. Translated from the Hebrew. Brooklyn, N. Y.,
Merkos L ’lnyonei Chinuch, 1949. 69 p.
This booklet tells the well known story of Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg whom
the king wanted to press for large sums of money. Rabbi Meir flees but is
caught and held for ransom. However, the rabbi refuses to be ransomed on
the ground of setting a dangerous precedent. He finally dies in prison, the
king refusing his body Jewish burial, until a rich merchant finally pays the
ransom. The Merkos L ’lnyonei Chinuch deserves credit for popularizing this
and other stories in English, though the format could stand considerable im-
provement. (ages 9-13)
L e v i n g e r , E l m a E h r l i c h .
Albert Einstein. New York, Julian Messner, 1949.
174
p.
For annotation, see
P
e a r e
, C
a t h e r i n e
O
w e n s
.
L
evy
, S
ara
C.
S
o
we sing. Music by Beatrice
L.
Deutsch. Illustrations by Anita
RogofF. New York, Bloch, 1950. 63 p.
This attractively illustrated book comprises a collection of holiday and
Bible songs with simple original lyrics by Sara C. Levy, (ages 5-8)
M
c
P
h e r s o n
, I
m o g e n e
M. And so the wall was built. Philadelphia, Westminster
Press, 1949. 50 p.
This is the story of Nehemiah’s building of the Wall as told in the Bible,
(ages 9-13)