Books by Heidi Smith Hyde

PAVEL AND THE TREE ARMY by Heidi Smith Hyde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2019

"A timely theme to emphasize America's promise for each generation of newcomers. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-8)"
In Depression-era America, Pavel, a Russian-Jewish immigrant, joins the Civilian Conservation Corps and learns to blend his new American identity with his Jewish one. Read full book review >
SHANGHAI SUKKAH by Heidi Smith Hyde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"While both holidays are but lightly sketched, themes of friendship and respect across cultures are compelling. (historical note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In Shanghai's Hongkew district, two boys, one German-Jewish, one Chinese, share in the celebration of their two harvest holidays, Sukkot and the Moon Festival. Read full book review >
ELAN, SON OF TWO PEOPLES by Heidi Smith Hyde
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"Based on the life of a 19th-century Jewish man who became Pueblo governor, a sweet celebration of diverse heritage. (historical note, glossary) (Picture book. 8-10)"
Thirteen-year-old Elan learns about his dual Jewish and Pueblo Indian heritage on a trip from San Francisco to New Mexico where he will read from the Torah and participate in a traditional Pueblo ceremony of becoming a man. Read full book review >
EMANUEL AND THE HANUKKAH RESCUE by Jamel Akib
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Although didactic and idealized, this broad interpretation of freedom from a Jewish perspective is one not often seen. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A boy's insistence on exercising freedom of religion helps an 18th-century Portuguese-Jewish immigrant community openly practice and observe its faith. Read full book review >
FEIVEL’S FLYING HORSES by Heidi Smith Hyde
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

When Feivel, an experienced wood carver, arrives in New York from the old country, he is introduced to the wonders of Brooklyn's new Coney Island amusement park, where he gains employment with the carousel company, making the transition from carving "the fearsome lions that guarded the holy arks in synagogues" in Europe to carousel horses. Over the course of three years he works hard to help create the magnificently ornate wooden horses while earning enough to send for his family. Van der Sterre's ink-lined, full-bleed watercolors of women in long skirts and bonnets accompanied by mustachioed men delineate a wondrous late-19th-century Luna Park with a behind-the-scenes look at artisan craftsmanship in a classic workshop. Hyde adds emotion to her simply told tale with Feivel's loving creation of horse after horse, naming each for his children and their mother. An attractive and unusual look at both a Jewish immigrant's story and a disappearing pastime and trade. (historical note) (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >