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Book Review | The Queen Who Saved Her People
by Tilda Balsley

Score: 3.5

Illustrated by Ilene Richard © 2011, Kar-Ben Publishing The author who brought us the delightful, “Let My People Go!” has written a new Readers Theater style book based on the Purim story. For the very young, this is a perfect read-aloud version of the Book of Esther, told in rhyme with simple language and fun, [...]

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Book Review | The Story of Esther: A Purim Tale
by Eric A. Kimmel

Score: 2.5

Illustrated by Jill Weber © 2011, Holiday House Writing a children’s version of the Book of Esther is no easy task, filled as the biblical story is with lewd, violent, secretive and ill-mannered behavior that is difficult enough for adults to interpret. Why were there “No restrictions” on the drinking during King Ahashuerus’ seven day [...]

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Book Review | The Underneath
by Kathi Appelt

Score: 4.5

Illustrated by David Small © 2008, Atheneum Books for Young Readers. This is not a Jewish book, however it is such a powerful work of fiction filled with story, message and excellent writing that I just have to recommend it. Heroes and villains, humans and animals, fact and fantasy, life and death, past and present [...]

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Book Review | Tashlich at Turtle Rock
by Susan Schnur & Anna Schnur-Fishman

Score: 3

Illustrated by Alex Steele-Morgan © 2010, Kar-Ben Publishing Families looking for a way to bring interesting Jewish ritual into their lives need look no further than this charming book. Annie and her family go on a hike as part of their Rosh Hashanah afternoon. During their hike, they make four stops. One to remember something [...]

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Book Review | A Tale of Two Seders
by Mindy Avra Portnoy

Score: 3.5

Illustrated by Valeria Cis © 2010, Kar-Ben Publishing. When parents get divorced and children are involved, there are always issues, not the least of which is where the children will spend the holidays. In this gentle and reassuring book, there are no arguments, no tugging or pulling. The details seem to have been worked out [...]

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