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A story about Passover preparation of gefilte fish in the 1940's. Mama buys her fresh living carp a week in advance and keeps it alive in the bathtub. The children fall in love with the fish when Leah is nine years old. It's a special fish that year: larger, shinier, friendlier. They even name it Joe. They make a plan to save the fish from its certain death. Papa intervenes. Good view of New York tenement living of that time. The story is told from the perspective of young Leah.
Molly and her family have moved to America from Russia. her mother says they moved to find freedom. But the children in Molly's third grade class make fun of her accent and clothes. that doesn't seem like freedom to Molly at all. At Thanksgiving everyone has to bring a Pilgrim doll to class. The doll Molly's mother makes looks like a russian peasant girl. It doesn't look at all like the Pilgrims Molly has seen in her schoolbook. Molly is afraid she'll never fit in with her classmates now.
WILL MIRANDA EVER FIT IN? Fourth-grader Sally Berg and her twin sister, Emily, are at the Jersey shore with their favorite cousins, Jake and Jenny. The kids, who call themselves the Four Seasons, all agree that this summer could be one of the greatest ever! Then cousin Miranda arrives...bragging, whining, storytelling Miranda. How can they play their secret orphan game when she's around? Their only hope of a fun summer is to ignore Miranda completely. Soft-hearted Sally feels sorry for her lonely cousin, though. Maybe she can be friends with Miranda just a little bit. But once Sally tries, her two cousins-and even her very own twin sister-call her a traitor!
Fifteen-year-old Dinah's insistence on dating a handsome football star causes bitter dissension in her family because the boy is not a Jew like them.
Thirteen-year-old Gertie Warshefsky lives with her grandmother and aunts in Brooklyn instead of in an orphanage, a debt Gertie is not allowed to forget. Grandma's constant reminders of Gertie's hopeless parents --"a mother in a lunatic asylum and a ne'er-do- well father out West somewhere 'making his fortune'"-- are made worse by threats that school is a waste of her time. It sometimes seems to Gertie that no one cares for or understands her. The aunts, though only a few years older than she, treat her like their personal maid, and even her best friend's good intentions turn out wrong. How is she to escape this trap that seems to have been laid for her since the day she was born? Gertie's account of her triumph over unfortunate odds is a warm and tender story, spiced with self-effacing humor. The ancient story of Queen Esther's brave stand against Haman, presented at the local religious school's annual Purim celebration, inspires her realization that, despite harsh realities, life is full of hope.
After Sam's father died, he became so wrapped up in the Brooklyn Dodgers that he could describe every game they'd played in the past four years. Nobody was very interested, until Sam met Davy. They came from different races, religions, and generations. But it didn't take long before they had a friendship that went well beyond baseball.
"In this heartwarming new celebration in words and pictures, women of all ages and walks of life give us inspiring glimpses of their special relationships with their canine companions. There's Donnasue and her German shepherd, Leo, who race each other to answer the telephone, and Deborah, who shares the fun of running down sand dunes with her Scottish deerhounds, Traveller and Irene. Shirley and her Doberman pinscher, Gunna, love exploring the woods and fields, while Cindy and her collie, Tennyson, prefer to hit the open road. Ann takes Koa and Falk swimming in a Hawaiian lagoon, and Cynthia dines with Charlie at the best restaurants in France." "We meet service dogs like Meko, the hearing ear dog, Bear, the police K-9, and Clea, a Great Pyrenees who keeps away the neighborhood cougar. We are also introduced to dogs who have made a profound impact on women's lives, like George, who prevented a house fire, Georgette, who helped a young girl through her parents' divorce, and Cole Porter, who kept his owner from taking a plane destined to crash. And we meet dogs just as memorable for being nothing more than their affectionate, fun-loving selves." "The experiences described in these stories have inspired dedication, loyalty, admiration, and, above all, long-lasting friendship. Women portray their dogs as faithful buddy, fearless hero, and riotous clown. They demonstrate how dogs have transformed and added new dimensions to their lives. And they leave us with a magnificent testament to the enduring warmth and love between women and their dogs."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
When Yussel asks to accompany Reb Meir and his sons to the synagogue, he is answered kindly but firmly by Reb Meir. The eldest son pokes fun at the poor, uneducated orphan, because Yussel cannot read; therefore, how could he pray? While Yussel fasts and watches the cows, Reb Meir and his sons mouth the words while thinking about making money, taking trips, and getting home to the boiled potatoes and herring. Can a ragged, dirty, unlearned, orphaned cowherd offer God a true prayer? In this gentle retelling of a Jewish folktale, Cohen draws the reader into the minds and hearts of the rich landowner and the poor, orphaned cowherd. Older children will enjoy Reb Meir's humor, and younger children will relax into the beauty of the story. Although Cohen introduces some jewish terms and traditions, meanings are always obvious from the actions of Reb Meir's family. Best of all, piety is not rewarded, true-heartedness is. This is a fine bedtime story as well as an excellent Sunday-School reading.
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