by Naomi Danis

Male Role Models

Two engaging books of fiction portray nurturing grandfathers helping their grandsons come to terms with losses. In Paula Fox’s Radiance Descending (DK Ink), a boy has to unlearn his practice of ignoring his younger brother with Down’s Syndrome, a brother whose arrival turned the family’s life upside down. In Sun & Spoon (Greenwillow) by Kevin Menkes (famed for Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse), the narrating boy longs for a souvenir of his grandma who recently died. And, finally, one question it is hard not to ask: in 1998 when an ancient Jewish legend is retold—as in the picture book You Never Know: A Legend of the Lamed Vavniks by Francine Prose, illustrated by Mark Powdal—where are the females among the 36 righteous of the world?

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Girls

The articles in this special section:

Greater than Angels

by Rachel T. Harris

Katarina

by Rachel T. Harris

Snowdrops for Cousin Ruth

by Rachel T. Harris

Male Role Models

by Naomi Danis

Think Twice about Roald Dahl

by Michele Landsberg

Rereading the classic author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory through a Jewish feminist lens, Landsberg marshalls convincing evidence of misogyny and anti-Semitism.

The Primrose Path

by Robyn Schmones