Macy, Sue

The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come

(2) K-3 Illustrated by Stacy Innerst. Aaron Lansky's difficulty in finding Yiddish novels for his college studies led him to collect books first for his own purposes, then for the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts (which he founded), starting in 1980. Stories of how he obtained them--meetings "over tea and cake and lokshn kugl" with older Jews; a late-night dash to a dumpster--lend both human interest and a sense of urgency to the mission. Painterly illustrations give readers plenty to peruse, with sprinkled Yiddish words and visual references to Jewish history and culture. Reading list. Glos.


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