DON’T STEP ON THE SKY
A Handful of Haiku
by Miriam Chaikin, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata
Henry Holt and Company
hardcover, $15.95, ISBN 0-8050-6474-5
purchasing info

Summary
Nature and humorous poems for children in the
haiku tradition.

Review
"Chaikin moves easily between whimsy and wistfulness." -- Publishers Weekly, (starred review)

ANGELS SWEEP THE DESERT FLOOR
Bible Legends About Moses in the Wilderness
Clarion Books
hardcover, $19.00, ISBN 0-395-97825-4. purchasing info

Summary
In the style of the author’s successful CLOUDS OF GLORY, this book, based on Midrash and popular legend, recounts the legendary events faced by Moses, Aaron, Miriam and the Israelites after they left Egypt, as they wander toward the Promised Land.

Reviews
“Chaikin’s poetic text (‘the angels had strung clouds together into a vast sheet and made cloud tassels to hang from the edges’) can be equally playful. . . . It is as if her words are equally at home in the heavenly and earthly realms.” -- The Horn Book Magazine

“The writing is simple and lyrical, with imaginative flourishes linking the two worlds. And while the overall tone is serious, there are luminous touches, such as the angels called, ‘Sour Faces.’” -- School Library Journal

“Overall, the rendering of this Biblical legend is powerful and accessible, and there’s an interesting focus on matters of faith.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Back-in-Print

I SHOULD WORRY, I SHOULD CARE
illustrated by Richard Egielski
(Originally published in hardcover by Harper & Row)
An Authors Guild Back in print.com Edition
paper, $9.95, ISBN 0-595-09011-7 purchasing info

Summary:
A young Jewish girl and her family adjust to a new neighborhood and new friends at a time when the radio tells of Hitler’s rise to power in Europe.This is the first in a series of five novels for young readers that won critical acclaim and awards for the author. In this book, Molly’s family moves to a new neighborhood in Brooklyn. It is a good move for the family, but Molly resents having to leave her old friends. Molly, her family and friends and their concerns are central to all five books. In them, Molly and her friends play out their young girl interests against the background of World War II.

Reviews
“You don’t have to be Jewish to like this one.”
-- School Library Journal

“The narrative lovingly recreates the lifestyle of a Jewish family living in Brooklyn just before World War II. The dominant notes are not somber chords but rather sprightly arpeggios reaffirming belief in old-fashioned values and the simple joys of childhood.”
-- The Horn BooK

The "Molly Books," originally published in hardcover by Harper & Row, and illustrated by Richard Egielski, have been returned to print as paperbacks through the Authors Guile Back-in-Print publishing program. All are available for purchase through local book stores and on the internet at www.iuniverse.com, www.bn.com and other outlets.
Getting Even
(ISBN: 0-595-19868-6)
“There is lots of warmth here and plenty of color in Chaikin’s evocation of an early 1940’s Brooklyn neighborhood.”
-- ALA Booklist
Lower! Higher!
You’re A Liar!
(ISBN: 0-595-19877-5)
“Children intimidated by bigger kids will cheer her (Molly’’s) courage, all while learning, as Molly does, that often things are not as simple as
they seem.”
-- School Library Journal
Finders Weepers
(ISBN : 0-595-19878-3)
“The descriptions of cozy family life with simple recreations and holiday
parties are refreshing to read in our more sophisticated and complicated times.”
--The Horn Book
Friends Forever
(ISBN: 0-595-19879-1)
As news of Nazi atrocities comes over the radio, Molly and her friends
face important issues
as they enter junior
high school.

Clouds of Glory
Legends and Stories About Bible Times
woodcuts by David Frampton
Clarion Books
hardcover, $19.00, ISBN 0--395-74654-X purchasing info

Summary:
A retelling based on Midrash and legend of the Book of Genesis. From the parable of Creation, the role of angels, the story of Satan’s scheming to get into heaven, to testing Abraham’s love, these twenty-one stories provide witty, insightful, and thoughtful interpretations of biblical readings.

Review
“When content and format truly complement each other, the whole is indeed greater than the sum of the parts. Miriam Chaikin’s retelling ... is an example of this felicitous blending: handsomely produced, dramatically illustrated, appropriately documented and stylishly narrated.” The Horn Book, a starred review

... “a read aloud that will appeal to Christians and Jews interested in widening children’s sense of the foundation myths of their religion. -- School Library Journal

“All told in a narrative style that incorporates the best techniques of fiction writing and storytelling.” -- Ottawa Jewish Bulletin

“I am impressed with this beautiful book on two levels. First, the lyrical quality of the text reflects and embellishes some of the great poetry of the Bible. . . . David Framton’s illustrations are inspiring.” -- Grand Rapids Press

“This is a wonderful book.” -- Tri-State YA Book Review Committee, Bryn Mawr, Pa.

A Nightmare In History The Holocaust 1933-1945
Clarion Books
paper, $7.95, ISBN 0-89919-461-3 purchasing info

Summary:

The book explores the roots of anti-Semitism, which culminated in the nightmare of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany, and traces the step-by-step process the Nazis devised for making all of Europe
Judenrein -- a place without Jews. It is the story of the Holocaust -- the systematic mass murder of six million Jews.

Review
“This careful and thorough book is essential and superb.”
-- Kirkus Reviews, a pointer selection

“An unforgettable book written in remarkable language that makes clear
the reality of the destruction.” -- The Horn Book Magazine

“Without relying on emotionalism, Chaikin provides a well-balanced,
thoroughly researched account of unbelievably tragic happenings.”
-- ALA Booklist, starred review

Menorahs, Mezuzas and Other Jewish Symbols
illustrated by Erika Weihs
Clarion Books
paper, 0-89919-856-2
hardcover, $17.00, ISBN 0-89919-856-2
purchasing info

Summary:

The book covers the whole range of symbols of Jewish life and presents their underlying ideas with clarity and succinctness -- from popular symbols like the Shield (Star) of David, the yarmulke, to those associated with Jewish holidays to less-well-known symbols such as numbers, angels, stars.

Review
“A thoughtful, informative look at the origins and use of traditional religious symbols. . .
A handsome, useful title.” -- Kirkus Reviews

“. . . a fine introduction that will attract browsers and be useful for
children investigating the subject of symbolism in school.” -- ALA Booklist

“Chaikin succeeds admirably both in covering the whole range of Jewish
symbols and in presenting their underlying ideas with clarity and succinctness.”
-- School Library Journal

Joshua in the Promised Land
illustrated with woodcuts by David Frampton
Clarion Books
hardcover, $12.95, ISBN 0 89919-120 -7
paper, $5.95, ISBN 0-395-54797-0 purchasing info

Summary:

The heroic events of the biblical story are made accessible to readers of all ages in this vivid retelling. In condensed episodes and with created dialogue, the ancient Israelites play out their conquest of the Promised Land against the background of everyday life of the time.

Review
“The author has allowed the story to tell itself, unfolding a period of
Biblical history not readily available to young readers.” -- School Library Journal

ESTHER
retold by Miriam Chaikin
illustrated by Vera Rosenberry
The Jewish Publication Society
paperback, $7.95, ISBN 0-8276-0508-0 purchasing info

Summary:
Over 2,000 years ago in Shushan, the capital city of the Persian empire,
a Jewish woman saved her people from Haman, a wicked minister, plotting to
kill all Jews -- young and old, women and children -- all on a single day:
the thirteenth of the Hebrew month of Adar. The book is a retelling of the
Bible story of how Esther became Queen of Persia and used her influence to
save the Jews. The feast of Purim commemorates this event.

Review
“. . . accessible to young readers.” -- Kirkus Review

“Simple, direct style . . . an absorbing tale.” --School Library Journal

ALEXANDRA’S SCROLL
A Novel
Henry Holt and Company
hardcover, $16.95, ISBN 0-8050-6384-6 purchasing info

Summary:

Alexandra, a young Jewish girl living in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago, writes
with reed pen on papyrus of her life with family and friends in ancient
Judea, and recounts the upheavals that led to the first celebration of the
Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

Review
“Chaikin’s poetic text (‘the angels had strung clouds together into a vast sheet and made cloud tassels to hang from the edges’) can be equally playful. . . . It is as if her words are equally at home in the heavenly and earthly realms.” -- The Horn Book Magazine
“The writing is simple and lyrical, with imaginative flourishes linking the two worlds. And while the overall tone is serious, there are luminous touches, such as the angels called, ‘Sour Faces.’” -- School Library Journal
“Overall, the rendering of this Biblical legend is powerful and accessible, and there’s an interesting focus on matters of faith.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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