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Elijah's Tears


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Sydelle Pearl's previous book with Pelican, Elijahis Tears: Stories for the Jewish Holidays , received a Storytelling World Honor Award in 1997 and was listed on the Bank Street College of Education Best Books List for the Year in 1998. She has been a storyteller at libraries, schools, museums, day-care centers, and festivals since 1991. A writer of folk songs for adults and children, she is also fond of incorporating songs into her stories. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rossitza Skortcheva was born in Bulgaria and currently lives in East Providence, Rhode Island, where she teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has designed covers and produced illustrations for more than forty books in Europe and North America. Her artwork is in private and state collections, including the National Art Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria.List Price: $14.95


Gr 2-4‘The prophet Elijah is the unifying persona of these five original stories set during four Jewish holidays: Passover, Succot, Hanukkah, and Yom Kippur. Although he is traditionally associated with Passover, Elijah is commanded by God to search for piety and good deeds all through the year. In each selection, he enables those with spiritual needs to find divine inspiration and rewards in their daily lives. The occasional pen-and-ink drawings are sketchy at best. Howard Schwartz and Barbara Rush's The Wonder Child & Other Jewish Fairy Tales (1996) or The Diamond Tree (1991, both HarperCollins) are more effective for reading aloud and sharing the spirit of Jewish life. Barbara Diamond Goldin's The Magician's Visit (Viking, 1993) and Uri Shulevitz's The Magician (Macmillan, 1973; o.p.) are more beautifully realized stories about the prophet.‘Susan Pine, New York Public Library

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