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“Friends Forever” by Amy Ariel

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Tuesday, July 31, 2012,

Local St. Paul author Amy Ariel has written a charming novel that gives a glimpse of what life was like in St. Paul in 1912 and how that view might seem both familiar and alien to a contemporary child.  In the process, the reader is transported, just like the character of Hannah, back to a world that makes us appreciate what we have now and anticipate with curiosity what may come in our future.

Our narrator is Abigail, a thirteen year old girl writing in...


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"Itamar Makes Friends" by Josh Hasten

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Sunday, February 5, 2012,

This picture book, "Itamar Makes Friends: A Children's Story of Jewish Brotherhood" by Josh Hasten and Illustrated by S. Kim Glassman, is innocuous enough, but I wish it had attempted more. The protagonist, Itamar, is an eight-year-old Israeli, who lives in the country. When he goes to visit his cousins in the city, he has an unpleasant encounter with some city boys, who refuse to return his soccer ball. After Itamar falls and hurts his knee, one of the city boys, Eitan, remembers a time...
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"Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword" by Barry Deutsch

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Tuesday, July 5, 2011,



As the front cover of this graphic novel announces, Hereville:  How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch stars Mirka, "yet another troll-fighting, 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl."  What?  That seems unexpected to you?  Deutsch clearly has as part of his agenda to push away your preconceived notions and to give Mirka an adventure.

Some parts of this book are delightful--I love Mirka's personality, persistence, and bravery.  On the other hand, Mirka "wins" her sword by knitting (really...


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“Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty” by Linda Glaser, Illustrated by Claire A. Nivola

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Friday, May 13, 2011,

Linda Glaser provides a gentle introduction to activist Emma Lazarus in her picture book, “Emma’s Poem.”  She introduces to young reader how Lazarus was born into wealth and privilege in the United States.  Coupled with Nivola’s lovely paintings, Glaser clearly conveys how people in Lazarus’s social class were able to read, have parties, collect art, and generally aspire...


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“Sliding Into the New Year” by Dori Weinstein

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Monday, February 28, 2011,

In the book, “Sliding Into the New Year,” we gain a wonderful new author of children’s Jewish literature in Dori Weinstein.  She brings a modern, human tone to a story that is both timely and engaging.

The story’s narrator, Ellie Silver, (aka YaYa) speaks in the authe...


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"Mitzvah the Mutt" by Sylvia Rouss

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Sunday, January 30, 2011,

"Mitzvah the Mutt” does something that I have long been wishing for as a librarian at a Jewish day school.  It tells a story that has Jewish content, without being excessively didactic. In the process, it tells a wonderful story about a family and their delightful dog.  The author, Sylvia Rouss, is better known for her Sammy Spider series of Jewish content books for preschoolers. ...


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Lydia Schultz I am a school librarian and part-time college English teacher. I hope to review many of the books I read, both in the context of my research about children's books as well as in my pursuit of recreational reading. I want to share what I read--so what else is new?


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