Page 37 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 9 (1950-1951)

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Albert Einstein. New York, Henry Holt, 1949. 152 p.
Both volumes on Albert Einstein by Elma E. Levinger and Catherine O.
Peare are written for young people, though, in places, the vocabulary is quite
mature. Both books cover the same ground, starting with Eins tein’s interest
in the compass, at the age of five, and ending with his working on his latest
field theory, which is not discussed because both volumes appeared before its
announcement. Each tries to explain the theory of relativity with partial
success. Both books tell of the honors tha t were heaped upon Einstein after
his relativity theory was announced. Both present a picture of an idealized
savant, patient, kindly, innocent of all practical matters, who, nevertheless,
reaches the heights of knowledge. Incidentally, both books touch on his Zion-
ist interest. The Levinger book is more personal and warm in this regard.
However, a young person can read either of these two books with pleasure
and profit, (ages 13-16)
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In the beginning. Illustrated by Nedda Walker. Philadelphia,
Westminster Press, 1949. 48 p.
A Bible story picture book, containing the stories of the Creation, Isaac’s
W7ells, Eleazar and Rebecca, David and Jonathan, King Josiah, Daniel, and
Nehemiah. I t is well told, in simple language, and beautifully illustrated,
(ages 5-8)
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of Noah. New York, Frederick Warne &
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59 p.
The story of the flood with many colored pictures, (ages 5-8)
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Molly and the Sabbath Queen. Illustrated by Anne
Ferril Folsom. New York, Behrman, 1949.
A picture book, it tells the story of Molly, and her two brothers, David and
Joseph. Molly bemoans the fact tha t her name, unlike her brothers’, is devoid
of biblical significance until her father reassures her that her name is Malkah
in Hebrew, which is the same as that of the Sabbath Queen, (ages 5-8)
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F. The Story Bible: together with tales from the Midrash. Vol.
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I llustrated by Stephen Kraft. New York, Behrman, 1949. 192 p.
This book, a text in the Bible story, is an interesting combination of Bible
stories and legends, woven together to make good reading. The book begins
with Abraham and goes up to the entry of Israel into the Promised Land. I t
is simply written and will be suitable for children in the third grade — a wel-
come addition to our text literature, (ages 9-13)
--------- , The story of modern Israel. New York, Bloch, 1950. 370 p.
The book is a thorough and up-to-date revision of the earlier
The Story of
Modern Palestine.
Besides the section on “A Tour Through Israel” and “The
History of Zionism,” a third section is added on “The Birth of Israel” which
carries the readers through the Arab-Jewish War. Both its intrinsic merit as
well as the fact tha t it is the only book on the market dealing with modern
Israel makes it doubly desirable, (ages 13-16)