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Recent Books Available at the Ratner Media & Technology Center
Preschool Abraham, Michelle Shapiro. My Cousin Tamar Lives in Israel. URJ Press, 2007.
A young boy compares and contrasts how he celebrates the Jewish holidays in America to how his cousin Tamar celebrates in Israel. Colorful illustrations.

Benenfeld, Rikki. I Go Visiting. Hachai Publishing, 2007.
Toddler Experience Series. In parallel narratives, an Orthodox boy and girl tell of their sleepover at a friend's house. They describe their actions in order to be polite guests. They explain how they observe their religious customs at other people's homes.

Cohen, R.G. The Place that I Love. Hachai Publishing, 2006.
A young Orthodox boy explains why the symbols and customs of his home make it the place he loves.

Goldberg, Malky. What Else do I Say? Hachai Publishing, 2007.
A lift-the-flap book that shows Orthodox children learning the polite words to say in different situations.

Horowitz, David. Five Little Gefiltes. G.P. Putname's Sons, 2007.
A parody of "Five Little Ducklings." Five little gefilte fish sneak out of their jar and wander across an early 20th century New York City. Of course, all the gefiltes do eventually come back to their meshugana Mama "cause each was a mensch!" Comic asides contain Yiddish phrases. The illustrations are done with cut paper, charcoal and colored pencil drawings.

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Seidman, Lauren. What Makes Someone a Jew? Jewish Lights Publishing, 2007.

Intended for young readers to understand that a person does not have to look a certain way to be Jewish: Judaism is in the heart and mind. Lively photographs show the different ethnicities of Jewish children in America and the world. The simple rhymes describe what it means to be a Jew.

Topek, Susan Remick. Ten Good Rules: A Counting Book. Kar-Ben, 2007.
A new edition of the 1991 book. Includes color photographs of children acting out the child friendly commandments.

Primary Baker, Sharon Reiss. A Nickel, a Trolley, a Treasure House. Viking, 2007.

Growing up on the Lower East Side, Lionel knows only a tiny tenement apartment and a few crowded streets. He scribbles drawings on every available scrap of paper but does not think much of them until he takes a momentous street car journey to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Daleski, Gil. Is God Sad? Gefen Publishing House, 2007.
A child's questions about God are discussed in a dialogue between a father and his daughter. The book can be a learning tool for an adult to address the fears and feelings children struggle with in relation to God. Brightly colored paintings accompany the text. Translated from Hebrew.

Lehman-Wilzig, Tami. Lotty's Lace Tablecloth. Gefen Publishing House, Ltd., 2007.
Jewish Heirloom Stories. Lotty Gross dreams of becoming a famous lace maker. While learning the trade, she creates a lace tablecloth for Shabbat. One day an empress demands to buy the tablecloth. When Lotty explains the tablecloth is for the Sabbath Queen, the empress is curious about the rival queen. The empress ensures that Lotty gets the tablecloth back for each Sabbath and that the tablecloth is eventually returned to Lotty for good. The tablecloth is passed on from generation to generation.

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Schram, Peninnah. The Magic Pomegranate. Millbrook Press, 2008.
On My Own Folklore. Three brothers set out on separate journeys to see who can find the most unusual gift. The oldest brother finds a looking glass that shows him places far away. The middle brother buys a flying carpet. The youngest brother discovers an unusual pomegranate. The three brothers use their magic gifts to save a princess. The princess chooses to marry the brother who gave his gift most selflessly. Contains beautiful pastels illustrations.

Stampler, Ann Redisch. Shlemazel and the Remarkable Spoon of Pohost. Clarion Books, 2006.
In the village of Pohost, lived a man, Shlemazel, whom everyone thought was lazy. Shlemazel refused to work, because he thought he had bad luck. One day, a hard working man named Moshke gave Shlemazel a spoon to dig for his luck. His luck changes and success follows. Colorfully illustrated by Jacqueline M. Cohen.

A re-telling of a Jewish folktale. Yenkel gossips to his friends about the stories he overhears in his father's village store. The rabbi has Yenkel spread a sack of feathers and Yenkel see the feathers fly away for good. The rabbi teaches him that what he says about people like feathers cannot be taken back. Vivid illustrations by Cindy Revell.

Waldman, Debby. A Sack Full of Feathers. Orca Book Publishers, 2006.

Elementary Freedman, Zelda. Rosie's Dream Cape. Ronsdale Press, 2005.
Eleven-year old Rosie and her grandmother, Bubba Sarah, immigrated to Toronto from Russia after the death of her mother, a former ballerina. To help make ends meet, Rosie works in Yitzy's factory sewing velvet capes, and dreaming of wearing one to the Royal Alexandra Theatre. The story provides wonderful insight into how an immigrant child survives with her dreams intact despite the harsh working conditions of a 1921 garment factory. Based on a true story.

Greenberger, Tehilla. Gifts to Treasure. Hachai Publishing, 2007. A Fun-to-Read Book. Set in 1897 in the American Northwest, three Jewish children, newly arrived each carry a special gift from their grandparents back in Russia. Moshele and Raizel use their gifts to help them adjust to being Jewish out on the North Dakota prairie. Chaya cannot figure out what her Bubby's gift is supposed to be. Will she ever discover how it can help her adapt to her new and different life?
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Hyde, Heidi Smith. Mendel's Accordion: The Story of Klezmorim. Kar-Ben Publishing, 2007.
When Mendel left the old country for America, he took his accordion. He met fellow Klezmorim on the boat and played his accordion with them. He continued to play for his family and friends. Years later, his great-grandson continued the tradition and started a Klezmorim band.

Ioannides, Mara W. Cohen. A Shout in the Sunshine. The Jewish Publication Society, 2007.
Set in 15th-century Greece, this young adult novel tells the story of an extraordinary friendship between two boys from different cultural backgrounds. On the surface, Miguel, a refugee from post-Inquisition Spain, and David, the son of a wealthy Greek Jewish fabric merchant, have little in common. As they work together in David's family shop, they find they share a special connection that goes beyond the divide of rich and poor, Spanish and Greek.

World History Biographies. Biographical information about Anne Frank that is intertwined with the history of World War 11 and the Holocaust. Includes a timeline that highlights Anne's life and puts it in the broader context of World War 11 and the Holocaust. Also contains photographs of Anne and her family.

Kramer, Ann. Anne Frank: The Young Writer Who Told the World her Story. National Geographic, 2007.

Michelson, Richard. Across the Alley. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2006.
Abe, a Jewish boy and Willie, an African American boy, were neighbors across the alleyway. During the day, their ethnic and racial backgrounds keep the boys apart. However, at night, they shared their dreams. Willie showed Abe how to pitch a slider, and Abe gave Willie his violin to play. Each was able to fulfill their dreams one summer day.

Moskowitz, Rabbi Moshe. Out of Egypt. Shazak Productions, 2007.
The story of the Exodus humorously told in a colorful comic strip format. Some of the pages have photographic backgrounds. Illustrated by David Sokoloff. Quizzes about the Exodus story are at the end of the book.

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O'Connell, Rebecca. Penina Levine is a Hard-boiled Egg. Roaring Book Press, 2007.
Sixth-grader, Penina Levine, is annoyed when her teacher asks her to write a letter from the Easter bunny to a kindergartner. When she tries to fulfill the spirit of the task without compromising her beliefs, her teachers shows a remarkable lack of sensitivity and gives her a zero. Penina’s grandmother helps her to retain her self-esteem and a class on religious diversity is implemented in her school.

Peacock, Louise. At Ellis Island: A History in Many Voices. Atheneum Books, 2007.
The experiences of people coming to the United States from many different lands are conveyed in the words of a two fictional narrative: a contemporary young girl visiting Ellis Island and a girl who immigrated in about 1910, as well as by actual quotes from early twentieth century immigrants and Ellis Island officials. Photos enhance the quotes and the narratives.

Middle School Baraitser, Marion. Home Number One. Loki Books, 2006.
A graphic novel with a strong fantasy element, it takes place in a futuristic America. A young girl's computer transports her from the year 2020 to 1946 to meet her Jewish teenage cousin, Gonda, in Home Number One, a refuge for young people in Theresienstadt. Based on actual accounts and photographs from the transition camp.

Brown, Don. The Notorious Izzy Fink. Roaring Book Press, 2006.

In the 1890's, thirteen year-old Sam Glosky, a European immigrant, lives among the rough and tumble gangs on the streets of New York's Lower East Side. He gets involved with the Chief Inspector of the Health Department and a rival gang. Note: Expletives and coarse language are part of the characters' street vernacular.

Fleischman, Sid. The Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini. Greenwillow Books, 2006.
A biography of the magician Harry Houdini. Includes information on his childhood and his rise to fame. It also includes many photographs of Houdini and his wife, Bess, along with memorabilia.

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Taylor, Peter Lane. The Secret of Priest's Grotto. Kar-Ben, 2007.
In 2003, while exploring a remote cluster of caves in western Ukraine, a team of experienced cavers and adventurers, including the authors, unexpectedly uncover artifacts indicating that the caves had once been inhabited. Following the clues, the explorers discover an astonishing story of the Stermer family who endured life underground and survived to recount their story. Includes vivid photographs of the caves and the Stermer family in the 1930s and the present.

Toksvig, Sandi. Hitler's Canary. Roaring Brook Press, 2007.

Bamse's family is theater people. They don't get involved in politics. Yet, when Germany occupies Denmark in 1940, ten-year old Bamse feels a need to take a stand. He fears that his best friend Anton, who is Jewish, will be persecuted by the Nazis. Also, his daring older brother Orlando has gotten involved with the Danish Resistance, despite their father's counsel of quiet cooperation. Gradually, though, the whole family sways to Orlando's position - refusing, along with thousands of other Danes to be "Hitler's canary" and "just sit in a cage and sing any tune he wants." Based on historic facts about the Danish Resistance during world War 11.

Yavin, T.S. All Star Season. Kar-Ben, 2007.
Brothers, Reuven and Avi, have opposite personalities. Reuven is serious and quiet, while Avi is happy-go-lucky and outgoing. It is on the baseball field where their differences become an issue for the brothers.

High School Grishaver, Joel Lurie. Talmud with Training Wheels the Power of Shame: Bava Metzia 58b-59b. Torah Aura, 2007.
The Lifetime of Torah Library. A beginner's guide to the study of Talmud. Explains what the Talmud is, how it is related to the torah, who the major commentators are and how an oral tradition works. Contains sections on the Gemara and Mishna. The fourth in the series.

Gur, David. Brothers for Resistance and Rescue. Gefen Publishing House, Ltd., 2007.
An anthology of 420 people, including their pictures and biographies, who were activists in the Zionist Youth Movement in Hungary in 1944 during Nazi occupation. Contains a brief history of the Underground Zionist Youth Movement in Hungary during World War 11. Also provides a list of Zionist Youth movements and other organizations that took part in the underground work and activities in Hungary.

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Lutes, Jason. Houdini: the Handcuffed King. The Center for Cartoon Studies, 2006.
In graphic form, a snapshot of Houdini's life, centering on one of his most famous jumps. As Houdini prepares for a death-defying leap into the icy Charles River in Boston, the comic strip reveals the anti-Semitism Houdini fought adulation by the American public, the hounding press, his loving relationship with his wife Bess and the secret behind his amazing trick. Includes an introduction by Glen David Gold.

Rabb, Margo. Cures for Heartbreak. Delacorte Press, 2007.
Ninth-grader, Mia, has just lost her mother to cancer, and now her father is hospitalized with heart trouble. As she struggles to make sense of her mother's death and her father's illness, she is somehow able to find humor in everyday situations. Note: Contains sexual references and mature language.

Reinhardt, Dana. A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life. Wendy Lamb Books, 2006.

Simone, sixteen, has always known she was adopted but has never had any real desire to meet her birth mother despite the fact that she knows her parents keep in touch. That all changes when her birth mother, Rivka, a 33year old self-exiled Hasidic Jew, calls and wants to meet her. What began as a normal school year changes, as Simone must come to terms with who she is and how she fits into both families. Note: Some sexual content and mature language.

Sonnenblick, Jordan. Notes from the Midnight Driver. Scholastic Press, 2006.
Angry about his parent's separation, Alex, an awkward sixteen year old, decides to get drunk, steal his mom's car, and drive to his father's house. For drinking and driving, Alex is sentenced to 100 hours of community service at a nursing home. It is here he meets Solomon Lewis, a cantankerous, infirmed patient. Eventually, Solomon and Alex learn to deal with their past and each other in ways that are humorous, entertaining, and life changing.

Welsh, T.K. The Unresolved. Dutton Books, 2006.
Fifteen-year old Mallory Meer, the victim of a terrible boat fire narrates this story. Her boyfriend Dustin Brauer, the Jewish son of a beer brewer, is accused of starting the fire. He and his father are persecuted by the Lutheran German community of Kleindeutschland. Mallory's spirit and soul will not rest until justice is served. As the story of Dustin's alleged involvement in the fire spreads, the anti-Semitic and bigoted views of his neighbors are exposed.

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Wolfman, Marv. Homeland. Nachshon Press, 2007.
Depicting the history of Israel from biblical Abraham to the present, this is a sophisticated, four-color graphic adaptation. History, religion, politics, and the current Middle East situation are all given comprehensive coverage in the text, which opens in a university setting with a professor teaching a series of sessions on Middle East/Near East modern history, beginning with Israel.

Wulf, Linda Press. The Night of the Burning: Devorah's Story. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2006.

Devorah, 12, is haunted by the death of her parents to a pogrom and typhus. She and her younger sister, Nechama, are chosen to leave Europe with two hundred other Jewish orphans to go to a safe and welcoming Jewish community in South Africa. Based on a true story. Adult

Doades, Joanne. Parenting Jewish Teens: A Guide for the Perplexed. Jewish Lights Publishing, 2007.

A compassionate parenting manual that examines how Judaism's enduring values will comfort and direct parents in maintaining dignity, sanity and family relationships. Explores issues of separation, culture, conflict, family relationships, changing parental roles, interfaith dilemmas and special-needs situations, with examples from the Bible and Jewish literature.

Eisenstein, Bernice. I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors. Riverhead Books, 2006.

A combination memoir and graphic novel depicting the author's childhood as the daughter of Holocaust survivors. Would be good for discussion in a high school class on how the Holocaust effected following generations.

Joseph, Sandra, ed. Loving Every Child. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2007.
A collection of passages and quotations about parenting by Janusz Korczak. He was a Jewish physician, philosopher and child advocate, who cared for orphans in the Warsaw Ghetto and was murdered in Treblinka in 1942 along with the orphans he refused to abandon. Includes a foreword by Ari L. Goldman, a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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Mann, Gil. Sex, God, Christmas & Jews. Intimate Emails about Faith and Life Challenges. Leo & Sons Publishing, 2006.

A compilation of the most compelling emails received by Gil Mann in his section of America Online titled "Judaism Today" along with his responses. The emails range from challenges in peoples' lives and Jewish faith to ethical discussions such as: body piercing, circumcision and organ donation.

Olitzky, Rabbi Kerry M. Twenty Things for Grandparents of Interfaith Grandchildren to Do. Torah Aura, 2007. Guide and resource for families raising children in intermarriage. Wertheimer, Jack, ed. Family matters: Jewish Education in an Age of Choice. Brandeis University Press, 2007.

Essays on Jewish education by scholars, drawn from anthropology, education, history, and sociology, range from interviews about educational decisions with families, teenagers, and Jewish educators to new statistical data about the actual state of Jewish education in American cities.

Educational Materials Blumenthal, Scott E. The Explorer's Bible Vol. 2, From Sinai to the Nation of Israel. Behrman House Publishing, 2007.
This colorful Bible study text book includes study questions and activities. It is written in a light, child-friendly tone for grades 3-5.

Hord, Shirley M., ed. Learning Together, Leading Together: Changing Schools through Professional Learning Communities. Teacher College Press/National Staff Development Council 2007.
Identifies the benefits that accrue to staff and students and outlines the strategies required to launch, develop, and sustain a community of professional learners that will promote student learning. The book draws from work done by Hord and the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory.

Recent trends in supplementary Jewish education. Avi Chai, 2007. A report about the state of supplementary schools that provides strategies for evaluation and change. Satlow, Rabbi Jacqueline Romm. The Forgotten Refugees Curriculum Mizrachi Jews, Their history, Culture and Exodus. The David Project, 2007.
Explores the history and destruction of Middle Eastern Jewish communities in Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Iraq. Consists of three lessons, supplemental materials, recipes, and references.
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Sparks, Dennis. Leading for Results: Transforming Teaching, Learning, and Relationships in School. Second. Corwin Press/National Staff Development Council, 2007.
Interactive essays that show how school leaders can promote extraordinary changes, be accountable, and achieve meaningful results for schools and districts.

Ingall, Carol K. Down the Up Staircase: Tales of Teaching in Jewish Day Schools. The Jewish Theological Seminary, 2006.

The longitudinal study of three new Jewish day school teachers over a tenyear period.

Look at Me Series. Part of a series of magazines that introduce core Jewish concepts and values for preschool children with age appropriate activities. Introduces the key vocabulary and concepts of the synagogue.

Levin, Freddie. I Can Learn and Do in the Synagogue. Behrman House, Inc., 2007.

Levin, Freddie. I Can Do a Mitzvah. Behrman House, Inc., 2007.
Look at Me Series. Part of a series of magazines that introduce core Jewish concepts and values for preschool children with age appropriate activities. Includes mitzvot concepts such as: shalom, Talmud Torah, honoring parents, respecting others and taking care of the environment.

Meier, Daniel R. Learning from Young Children in the Classroom: the Art and Science of Teacher Research. Teachers College Press, 2007.
A comprehensive introduction to carrying out high-quality research in early childhood settings. With special attention given to the multicultural and multilingual classroom. The guide examines forms of children's play, social interaction and friendships, language and literacy learning as well as working with parents. Forward by Lilian G. Katz.

Pekarsky, Daniel. Vision at Work: The Theory and Practice of Beit Rabban. The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 2006.
A study of Beit Rabban, a vision-guided Jewish day school located on the Upper West Side of New York City. Taken from the time period of 1996 through 1998, observations of the school, examinations of documents and conversations with Devora Steinmatz, the school's founder. The book's format is in letters from Daniel pekarsky, author, to an imaginary supplementary educational director Alice, in which he relays his observations and emerging understanding of Beit Rabban.

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Sacred Choices: Middle School Curriculum Adolescent Relationships with Sexual Ethics. URJ Press, 2007.

A module in a two-part curriculum (one for middle school and the other for high school) intended for helping young people find guidance from Jewish tradition in making ethical decisions related to sexuality that are consonant with emotional, physical and spiritual health.

Sarna, Jonathan D. The History of the Jewish People, a Story of Tradition and Change Vol. 2, the Birth of Zionism to Our Time. Behrman House, Inc., 2007.
The second book in the two-volume series written by eminent historians. Starts with the Jewish people's turmoil in Russia in the 1880's and ends with American Jewry today. Each chapter includes these special features: The Big Picture; an overview of the theme and content, Investigate: poses questions for students to explore, Key Vocabulary: core words and phrases critical to understanding the chapter, Famous Figures: spotlights a famous person from the historic period, Then and Now: Encourages students to reflect on what they have learned and compare and contrast the chapter's historical period with our own time.

Sela, Pazia. Israel: Yom Hzikaron and Yom Ha'Atzmaut. Jewish Agency for Israel, 2007.
A Hebrew resource and reader that offers Hebrew language students thematic reading material that reinforces their connection with Israel as well as descriptions of ceremonies with music for Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha'Atzmaut. Each of the six main chapters begins with a brief introduction for the teacher in Hebrew, English, Spanish and French. The book is presented in vocalized Hebrew with ktiv maleh, for ease of reading and comprehension. Chapter seven offers work assignments.

Willis, Judy. Brain-friendly Strategies for the Inclusion Classroom. ASCD, 2007.

The author, a neurologist and classroom teacher, explains that we can best help students by putting in place strategies, accommodations and interventions that provide developmentally and academically appropriate challenges to suit the needs, gifts and goals of every student.

Woldin, Nina. Many Voices One Song: An Israel-based Values Dialogue (Part of the truth and Israel campaign) American Zionist Movement, 2007.
A six-part program and educational curriculum designed to complement "Truth about Israel," AZM's poster project which uses young people from around the world to tell the story of how Israel has helped other countries in time of need.

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