Around the Table: Family Stories of Sholom Aleichem

Sholem Aleichem, Author, Aliza Shevrin, Editor, Toby Gowing, Illustrator Scribner Book Company $12.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-684-19237-6
This collection of five stories set a century ago expresses the richness of Judaic culture while recounting experiences of holiday preparations and family gatherings. Structured as recollections, most of the selections focus on childhood attitudes and perceptions. ``The Purim Dinner,'' for example, reveals a boy's fear and dislike of a rich, intimidating uncle. ``Chanukah Money'' conveys the anticipation of two youngsters making their rounds to collect rewards of kopeks and guldens from relatives. In translating Yiddish to English, Shevrin ( Holiday Tales of Sholom Aleichem ) does an admirable job of preserving the wit, wisdom and ethnic flavor of Aleichem's narration. Presenting life as a vigorous mosaic colored by human emotions, this book, which begs to be read aloud, is a tribute to tradition and family loyalty. Illustrations not seen by PW . Ages 10-13. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/30/1991
Release date: 10/01/1991
Genre: Children's
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