Archive for September, 2009

Book Review | Across the Alley
by Richard, Michelson

Score: 4

Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. © 2006 – Putnam. This story is set in old-time Brooklyn, New York. Abe is a young, white, Jewish boy. Willie is his young, black neighbor. Abe’s grandfather thinks he will be “the next Jascha Heifetz.” Willie’s father “was a starter in the Negro leagues” therefore Willie is “going to [...]

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Book Review | Abraham’s Search for God
by Jacqueline Jules

Score: 4

Illustrated by Natascia Ugliano.  ©2007, Kar-Ben Publishing. This is a beautiful retelling of the midrash about Abraham’s discovery of Monotheism. It is told in a way that young children can grasp the concept of a Power so much greater than anything on this earth that created everything on this earth. Yet, they can understand that [...]

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Book Review | A Mezuzah on the Door
by Amy Meltzer

Score: 3

In this warm and uniquely illustrated story, we read about Noah, a young boy who has moved to a house in the suburbs after growing up in the city. He has fallen asleep to the sounds of his neighbors sneezing, playing violin and doing dishes and now finds it difficult to sleep with so much [...]

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Book Review | Mendel’s Accordion
by Heidi Smith Hyde

Score: 5

This is an exceptional picture book. While providing another version of a Jewish immigrant’s journey from Russia to America, it also describes the rebirth of Klezmer music as it occurred in one family. This is the story of Mendel and his accordion providing music to his community then joining up with other musicians to form [...]

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Book Review | The First Gift
by A.S. Gadot

Score: 4

This is a lovely book. My only wish would be that they had made one for girls as well. Nonetheless, this book explores the First Gift that every parent gives their child and discusses how names are given to babies the world over. The story begins with a boy named David. It goes through the [...]

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