ON THE LITTLE HEARTH by Gabriel--Adapt. Lisowski

ON THE LITTLE HEARTH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A Yiddish lullaby, set to pictures of shtetl life, urges children to learn their letters for ""the strength and beauty of the words they form/ the comfort of their glow."" In another cultural context, however, the message--directed to studying the Torah--is limited in its application, the historical necessity of holding out ""new hope"" (""if, God forbid, this land casts us out"") is lacking, the very mode of address (""darling ones,"" ""my dearest ones"") is alien and offputting in its fulsomeness. One can respect the intent--and the quiet pen drawings--and still wonder who will respond.

Pub Date: Sept. 14th, 1978
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston