Books by Barbara Diamond Goldin

CAKES AND MIRACLES by Barbara Diamond Goldin
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Large double-page spreads in muted green and brown tones rendered in collage and acrylic provide fully descriptive scenes of Eastern European shtetl life for this positive and upbeat retelling. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Goldin pares down her original tale, published in 1991 with illustrations by Erika Weihs, to a succinct story and gives Basha, the mother, a less restrictive and critical voice. Read full book review >
THE BEST HANUKKAH EVER by Barbara Diamond Goldin
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"The colorful expressive caricature illustrations done in digital media provide an ethnic flavor to this loving family, enhancing the contemporary noodlehead premise which should have readers young and old shaking their heads in mild amusement. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Like the fools of Chelm, the Knoodle family can be a bunch of numbskulls when it comes to giving Hanukkah gifts that "will be treasured forever." Read full book review >
JOURNEYS WITH ELIJAH by Barbara Diamond Goldin
Released: April 1, 1999

"From tiny, jewel-like title decorations to crowd scenes that ripple with movement, Pinkney's watercolors provide a shimmering backdrop to these reverent, simply told renditions. (bibliography) (Folklore. 8-12)"
This gathering of retold stories from the Talmud and elsewhere features dazzling watercolor art matched to encounters with the Old Testament figure who has become, as Goldin (While the Candles Burn, 1996, etc.) writes, "a symbol of hope, a figure who stands for what is just and good in the world." Read full book review >
WHILE THE CANDLES BURN by Barbara Diamond Goldin
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A worthwhile collection. (Short stories. 6-11)"
 In eight stories, Goldin (The Passover Journey, 1994, etc.) seeks to go beyond the specific historical basis for Hanukkah to the themes that the holiday celebrates: ``religious freedom and commitment, faith, courage, charity, rededication, honoring women at Hanukkah, lights, and miracles.'' Several of the stories focus on maintaining faith in the face of persecution. Read full book review >
THE PASSOVER JOURNEY by Barbara Diamond Goldin
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Notes on sources; glossary. (Nonfiction. 5+)"
 A lovely book that's intended as a companion to, rather than a substitute for, a Passover Haggadah. Read full book review >
RED MEANS GOOD FORTUNE by Barbara Diamond Goldin
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Concluding note; illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-11)"
 In the Once Upon America series, a story set circa 1868-69. Read full book review >
THE MAGICIAN'S VISIT by I.L. Peretz
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"A fine addition to any collection of traditional Jewish tales, with a final note about Passover, Elijah, and Peretz. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
 Goldin (Just Enough Is Plenty, 1988) adapts another story about the prophet Elijah visiting a needy, but still charitable, family and providing their Passover feast. Read full book review >
FIRE! by Barbara Diamond Goldin
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-11)"
 A fictional account of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in N. Y. C., as seen by Rosie, a young Jewish girl whose older sister escapes but whose cousin does not. Read full book review >