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Jewish Interest for Preschool through Grade 3

Celebrate Jewish culture and life with the following titles.

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Guttersnipe

Early in the twentieth century, ten-year-old Ben and his family live in the poorest part of their city with other Jewish immigrants. There is never enough...

By Jane Cutler and Emily Arnold McCully

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Square Fish

It Could Always Be Worse

A Yiddish Folk Tale

Once upon a time a poor unfortunate man lived with his mother, his wife, and his six children in a one-room hut. Because they were so crowded, the children...

Margot Zemach

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Sunburst Paperbacks

Raisel's Riddle

A Jewish Cinderella What's more precious than rubies, more lasting than gold? Raisel knows. She learned it from her grandfather, a poor scholar who...

"...A Jewish Cinderella What's more precious than rubies, more lasting than gold? Raisel knows. She learned it from her grandfather, a poor scholar who.... A Jewish Cinderella What's more precious than rubies, more lasting than gold? Raisel knows. She learned it from her grandfather, a poor scholar who taught her. When he dies, Raisel finds work in the home of a rabbi. His jealous cook makes Raisel toil from sunup to sundown. And as the Jewish holiday of Purim approaches, Raisel works even harder. ..."

By Erica Silverman and Susan Gaber

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Sholom's Treasure

How Sholom Aleichem Became a Writer

The boy whose stories became Fiddler on the Roof Sholom Aleichem's favorite childhood memory may have been listening as his father read stories aloud on...

By Erica Silverman and Mordicai Gerstein

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Sunburst Paperbacks

Tell Me a Mitzi

In this classic picture book, three stories of family life lead into fantasy and home again.

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Frances Foster Books

The Champion of Children

The Story of Janusz Korczak

In 1912, a well-known doctor and writer named Janusz Korczak designed an extraordinary orphanage for Jewish children in Warsaw, Poland. Believing that children...

Tomek Bogacki Tomek Bogacki

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Henry Holt and Co.

Dreamer from the Village

The Story of Marc Chagall

Marc knew he was different from other boys. He saw things they didn't see. A beautiful introduction to the life and work of Marc Chagall In the...

"...Marc knew he was different from other boys. He saw things they didn't see. A beautiful introduction to the life and work of Marc Chagall In the.... Marc knew he was different from other boys. He saw things they didn't see. A beautiful introduction to the life and work of Marc Chagall In the imagination of Marc Chagall, all of life was an inspiration for the beautiful and strange pictures he created. He painted people, farm animals, religious symbols, visions, and feelings in a way no other arti..."

By Michelle Markel and Emily Lisker

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Square Fish

Runaway Dreidel!

A magical dreidel adventure.

By Lesléa Newman and Kyrsten Brooker

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Henry Holt and Co.

The Way Meat Loves Salt

A Cinderella Tale from the Jewish Tradition

Many years ago in Poland, there lived a rabbi who had a wife and three daughters. One day, the rabbi asks his children a powerful question: "How much do you...

"...Many years ago in Poland, there lived a rabbi who had a wife and three daughters. One day, the rabbi asks his children a powerful question: "How much do you.... Many years ago in Poland, there lived a rabbi who had a wife and three daughters. One day, the rabbi asks his children a powerful question: "How much do you love me?" His older daughters profess their love in gold and diamonds, but his youngest daughter, Mireleh, declares she loves her father the way meat loves salt. For this remark, sh..."

By Nina Jaffe and Louise August

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