Archive for January, 2011

Book Review | Tower of Babel
by A.S. Gadot

Score: 3

Illustrated by Cecilia Rebora © 2010, Kar-Ben Publishing. A cute and clever retelling of the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel. The people of Shinar all speak the same language and get along fine, until they get bored doing the same thing day in and day out. When a child suggests they build a [...]

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Book Review | An Unspeakable Crime: The Prosecution and Persecution of Leo Frank
by Elaine Marie Alphin

Score: 4

© 2010, Carolrhoda Books. While reading this riveting account of the murder of Mary Phagan, a poor, white, 13-year-old factory worker from Atlanta, Georgia, and the trial of her accused murderer, Leo Frank, a 29-year-old, Jewish man from New York,  I often had to stop and remember that this event actually took place on American [...]

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Book Review | The Year of Goodbyes
by Debbie Levy

Score: 3

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Book Review | Zishe the Strongman
by Robert Rubinstein

Score: 3.5

© 2010, Kar-Ben Publishing From the time he was 3 years old, Siegmund Breitbart, known as Zishe, was strong enough to lift his Orthodox Jewish blacksmith father’s nine-pound hammers. As he grew, so did his strength, until everyone in the Polish town where he grew up, knew of his skill and strength. Soon all of [...]

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Book Review | Sharing Our Homeland: Palestinian and Jewish Children at Summer Peace Camp
by Trish Marx

Score: 4

Photographs by Cindy Karp © 2010, Lee and LowBooks. I will admit, when I received this book from the publisher, I was skeptical. This was coming from a secular publishing house, known for its multicultural books. While they had published some excellent Jewish books, were they going to take a “side” with this one? Having [...]

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