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

Written by Sue Macy & illustrated by Stacy Innerst
Published by Simon and Schuster-Paula Wiseman Books
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An informative primer on Yiddish literature shared through the fascinating biography of Aaron Lansky and his efforts to save Yiddish books.

Phone calls at midnight. Overnight drives through snow and ice. Digging through dumpsters for old books. These efforts and more are the story of Aaron Lansky, an otherwise “All-american boy” growing up in Massachusetts whose interest in family history leads him on an unsought mission to save and preserve Yiddish literature. Ever since he learned that upon her arrival in America, his grandmother’s suitcase of heirlooms was tossed into the ocean—by her own brother, no less—Aaron was intrigued by his Jewish ancestors and their lives in Eastern Europe. His interest led him first to learning Yiddish, the language of his ancestors, then to saving a small collection of Yiddish books that were being thrown out, then to an incredible path of gathering Yiddish books from around the world. While initial estimates were that fewer than a hundred thousand Yiddish books remained in existence, Aaron’s efforts have resulted in preserving more than one and a half million books. Spurred by a belief that “[b]ooks are big enough and powerful enough to define and contain identity,” Aaron met with people who shared their life stories and entrusted him with their cherished books. As one woman told him, “We didn’t eat much, . . . but we always bought a book. It was a necessity of life.” The story is talently portrayed by Innerst with acrylics and gouache in an abstract realism concrete enough to narrate a biography while flexible enough to convey broad themes like history, culture, loss, and preservation.

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Book Details

ISBN
9781481472203
Publication Date
October 1, 2019
Page Count
48
Words Per Page
26
Audience
Picture
Reading Age
5 - 8 years
ASIN/ISBN 10
1481472208
Est. Lexile® Level
~781L
Est. Fountas & Pinnell Level
~S
ATOS® Book Level
5
Accelerated Reader® Points
0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz
505090
Accelerated Reader Interest Level
LG

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