Purim Books


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On Purim
On Purim
As her family sits down to make masks, a young girl knows it's time for Purim, the holiday that celebrates how Queen Esther saved the Jewish people. It's time for making hamantashen, pastries filled with poppy seeds and honey. Time to place these pastries in homemade paper gift baskets with candy and fruit. Time for the Purim carnival, for playing games and watching the Purim parade. And, of course, time to put on their new costumes and masks.

But this year the girl can't help but wonder why they wear masks on Purim. As her family acts out the Purim story, she discovers not only the story behind the masks, but the place of G-d in their lives.

Description by publisher
Queen Esther Saves Her People
Queen Esther Saves Her People
Although there are a number of books about the Jewish holiday Purim, this is a particularly well told version. The biblical story centers on the young girl Esther, who is taken into the court of the Persian king and then finds herself in a position to save her people, the Jews. Gelman personalizes the story with details: "The young women [of the court] spoke many languages. They were of many religions. And they were all beautiful, each in her own way. Esther enjoyed meeting women from many different parts of the empire." The pictures, done in folk art style, incorporating the story's Persian setting, are likewise full of details. From the cover picture of a Esther, holding a tiny, almost unnoticeable white bird in her hand, to the joyous last scene, in which the Jews of Persia celebrate their freedom, there is always one more thing to see. A solid, attractive choice for religion shelves.

from Booklist
Esther's Story
Esther's Story
By designing her narrative as a diary written by Esther, wife of the great Persian king Ahasuerus, Wolkstein offers a plausible interpretation of the conflicting emotions that must have plagued the girl as she prepared to wager her wit, beauty, and charm against the machinations of the king's favorite minister, the evil Haman, as he anticipated the wholesale slaughter of the Jews and seizure of their property. Wijngaard's full-color illustrations are elegant and glowing. Opulently designed, painstakingly detailed, richly allusive, they suggest Persian art while retaining their own integrity in a handsome tribute to female heroism.
It Happened in Shushan
It Happened in Shushan: A Purim Story
Is this the same old retelling of the Purim story?

OF COURSE NOT!

Is this nifty rebus guaranteed to make you laugh?

OF COURSE!

Purim

(Rookie Read-About Holidays)

By Carmn
An introduction to the Jewish holiday of Purim, which commemorates Queen Esther of Persia and how she saved the Jews.

The Mitzvah Girl

By Beverly Geller
The Mitzvah Girl captures the excitement of Purim day as we share in the Megilla reading, preparation of shalch manot, and Shira's love for her special Queen Esther costume and gold crown.

The Mitzvah Girl is more than a Purim holiday story, it also reinforces the value of charity and kindness - making it appropriate reading for any time of the year.

Description from Publisher

Cakes and Miracles : A Purim Tale

By Barbara Diamond Goldin
Awards:
Sydney Taylor Book Award (Association of Jewish Libraries)

Set in an unnamed Eastern European village, this story of the joyous Jewish holiday of Purim has all the richness and the cadence of a classic folktale. Young Hershel may be blind, but he has plenty of spunk, and he's determined to help his mother with the baking of the traditional Purim hamantashen , pastries she sells in the marketplace. His offers are gently rejected, for how can a blind boy bake? When a visitant angel encourages him in a dream, however, the results are far better than anything either Hershel or his mother could have imagined. Goldin's prose is superb, and Weihs's illustrations--possessing a naive quality reminiscent of Barbara Cooney's art--bolster the story's old-world flavor and charm. An explanation of the Purim celebration and a recipe for hamantashen are included at the end.

Description from Publishers Weekly

Hershel , blinded by a childhood illness, is bored and misbehaves in school. What he loves to do most is mold the mud on the riverbank into imaginary landscapes. One night, he dreams that an angel tells him to make what he sees in his imagination; drawn to the malleable dough in his mother's kitchen, so much like the cool mud of the river bank, he sculpts cookies in the shapes of the marvelous images he sees in his mind, and helps his mother sell them for Purim. This original tale, set in Eastern Europe in the late 19th century, satisfies on many levels. The fluid writing has grace and beauty. The plot development can be attributed to Weihs's expressive illustrations that project the yearning of this young boy not to be bound by his blindness and the love between mother and son. The book's theme of the strength of the human spirit in overcoming affliction is universal; its wonderful depiction of the exuberant celebration of Purim will be welcome in public and special libraries. Appended is the story of Purim and a recipe for hamantashen , those delectable three cornered pastries. Weihs's perfectly composed, folk-type illustrations are rich, yet subtle. Colors are muted grays, greens, blues, rose, umber, and terra cotta, painted in oils on board. Outstanding.

Description from School Library Journal
ArtScroll Youth Megillah
ArtScroll Youth Megillah:

Fully Illustrated with the Complete Text, Simplified Translation and Comments

By Nosson Scherman
The Book of Esther with a fully illustrated, page-by-page synopsis to help children follow the narrative; the blessings, and laws of Purim.
Purim with Bina ...
Purim with Bina, Benny and Chaggai Hayonah
Join Bina, Benny and their winged friend, Chaggai the holiday dove, in these fun-filled adventures explaining the background and observance of the Jewish holidays.
A Purim Story The story of Purim told in rhyme.
Purim Play
Purim Play

By Roni Schotter
A funny companion to Hanukkah! (1990) and Passover Magic (1995), by the same team. Here young Frannie is distraught because a cousin, who always takes the part of villain Haman in the annual family Purim play, has the flu, and her mother has invited a neighbor, eccentric old Mrs. Teplitzky, to join the family celebration and play the role. Mrs. Teplitzky (a dead ringer for Grandma Rose in Hanukkah!) turns out to have been an actress in her youth, makes up stagestruck Frannie as the most fetching Esther ever, and coaxes brother Ezra out of his wooden delivery of Mordechai's lines. The play is a rousing success, and by the end of the evening Frannie and Mrs. Teplitzky, with their mutual love of theater, are good friends. Another warm, amenable look at family life during a special holiday.

From Kirkus Reviews
Animated Megillah
Animated Megillah
In this new title in the Animated Holydays series Judy and Danny go back in time to investigat mysterious goings-on at the royal court, including plots against the king, an unknown woman, a scheming minister, and a royal decree to destroy the Jews.

Description from publisher

Hamentash That Ran Away
King Rimpoo of Miroop tries to make a super-sized hamentash!
Building Jewish Life: Purim
Building Jewish Life: Purim
Purim is both a fun and meaningful holiday. Making lots of noise when Haman's name is read teaches us that when we work together we are stronger than evil. The triumphant story of Esther teaches us that every person can be a hero.
Purim
Purim
A young boy becomes caught up in the excitement of the Purim celebration as the rabbi relates the tale of the courageous Queen Esther and the evil Haman.
The Shushan Chronicle
The Shushan Chronicle :
The Story of Purim

By Yaffa Gottlieb
Using Midrashic sources as a backdrop, Yaffa Gottlieb weaves a Purim tale full of intrigue, excitement and a hint of humor. Esther and Mordechai, Achashveirosh and Haman are brought to life in full-color illustrations, as the reader gets a glimpse into our history.

Description by publisher
Queen Esther, the Morning Star
Queen Esther,
the Morning Star
Retells the story of how a beautiful Jewish girl became the Queen of Persia and saved her people from death at the hands of the evil Hamen.

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