Yiddish Children's Literature

About the Noah Cotsen Library of Yiddish Children's Literature

Children’s literature was a thriving subset of Yiddish publishing. Many major Yiddish writers tried their hands at children’s stories, as well as translating classic works by Hans Christian Andersen, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, among others. The Yiddish school movement produced primers, anthologies, abridged editions of classic Yiddish novels, and new works for children by leading Yiddish writers and educators. Many of the books were beautifully illustrated by important artists including Nota Koslowsky, Aaron Goodelman, and Zuni Maud.

The Noah Cotsen Library of Yiddish Children’s Literature includes about 800 titles, most of which are quite rare. The annotated list below describes their content and reading level. Most of the books were scanned from microfiche held by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, supplemented by titles at the Yiddish Book Center. For every title that was successfully digitized, we provide a link to the full text in our Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library. Because of flaws in some of the microfiche, not all the books on the list could be successfully digitized, but the annotations will still be useful to researchers. 

Books are listed below in two groups: Anthologies arranged alphabetically by title, followed by Single-Author Books arranged alphabetically by author.

Anthologies

Antologye fun der yidisher literatur far yugnt
New York: 1974-1976
May be suitable for advanced
These are the ultimate collections of poetry and prose for mitlshul, high school, college and adult education. Selections are drawn from dozens of Yiddish writers, ranging from classic to modern. Volume 1 is more thematic, with portions on Sabbath and holidays, Zion, nature, folktales, and parables, as well as specific authors. Volume 2 is more literary and is organized by author, but also contains a section on Holocaust and Israel. Some pieces are slightly simplified, and Volume 1 contains a useful glossary. Manger’s “Dos Lid fun der Goldener Pave” from Volume 1 appears in an improved version in Volume 2. Both volumes (especially 2) are also galleries of Jewish painting, drawing, and sculpture. 1 of 2 volumes.
Collection item number 205825

Antologye fun der yidisher literatur far yugnt
New York: 1974-1976
May be suitable for advanced
These are the ultimate collections of poetry and prose for mitlshul, high school, college and adult education. Selections are drawn from dozens of Yiddish writers, ranging from classic to modern. Volume 1 is more thematic, with portions on Sabbath and holidays, Zion, nature, folktales, and parables, as well as specific authors. Volume 2 is more literary and is organized by author, but also contains a section on Holocaust and Israel. Some pieces are slightly simplified, and Volume 1 contains a useful glossary. Manger’s “Dos Lid fun der Goldener Pave” from Volume 1 appears in an improved version in Volume 2. Both volumes (especially 2) are also galleries of Jewish painting, drawing, and sculpture. 2 of 2 volumes.
Collection item number 205826

Dimentn far ale: mesholim
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Warsaw: Shul-oysgabn, 1951 (11 pages)
Edited by L. Olitsky
May be suitable for intermediate
Aesop’s Fables, followed by excerpts of classical writings, poetry, and drama, with illustrations of the authors.
Collection item number 204596

Ershter May
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New York: 1931 (16 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A brief anthology of prose poetry celebrating the first of May. Authors include A. Meisel, B. Mozer and L. Kvitko.
Collection item number 212843

Fayvele barimer
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Warsaw: 1921 (31 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A one-act play with four parts.
Collection item number 212845

Feygelakh
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Kiev: 1921 (30 pages)
Edited by David Roykhel, translated by David Roykhel
May be suitable for intermediate
A poem and three prose pieces about birds, translated and adapted.
Collection item number 211944

Dos goldene fishele/Der keml mit’n horb
Warsaw: 1914 (18 pages)
Translated by D. K.
May be suitable for intermediate
Two stories, the first by Pushkin, the second Kipling’s “How the Camel Got His Hump.” The print is light and hard to read in some places.
Collection item number 213133

Idish: khrestomatye farn dritn un fertn lern-yor
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New York: Max N. Mayzel, 1925 (192 pages)
Edited by B. Ostrowsky and S. Hurwitz
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A school primer for grades 3 and 4. It includes prose and poetry by noted Yiddish writers, including An-Sky, Peretz, Sholem Aleichem, Asch, and many others. The poems and stories are arranged by topics such as: America, winter, Khanike, Shabes, Shavues, Tishebov, Purim, work, fall, and the High Holidays. While the text does not bear an ideological stamp, it was intended for children of the working class.
Collection item number 211562

In der shlislburger tfise: Khaym Greshkovitsh
Vilna: 1924 (8 pages)
Translated by Malkah Chaimson
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
The story of Hayim Greshkovitsh, the son of a poor working family, who was executed in 1905 for his participation in armed rebellion.
Collection item number 212978

In ergets-land
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Buenos Aires: 1949 (32 pages)
Edited by Jaime Finkielsztejn
May be suitable for intermediate
A short anthology of prose and poetry about labor and work. Authors include Mani Leib, I. L. Peretz, Sholem Aleichem, and Eliezer Steinbarg.
Collection item number 213348

Khumesh far kinder
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New York: Matones, 1960 (268 pages)
Edited by Yudel Mark, translated by Yehoash
May be suitable for intermediate
I. L. Peretz felt that modern Jews should know Tanakh through translation into modern Yiddish. The poet Yehoash provided this, capturing the style and flavor of biblical Hebrew. The Workmen's Circle later abridged this literary masterpiece into a volume for children that recounts narrative portions of Pentateuch, dividing roughly into three sections: 1) from Creation to the three Patriarchs; 2) from Joseph to the Exodus; 3) from the Jews at Mount Sinai to Moses’s last testament and death. The text is quite accessible, and difficult in only occasional passages. There is a glossary of difficult Yiddish and Hebrew/ Aramic terms explained in Yiddish and occasionally English. Translations and pronunciations are not give for Hebrew names.
Collection item number 200408

Kinder fun der velt
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Vilna: 1940
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
An anthology of prose and poetry about children. Two volumes bound together. Authors include Morris Rosenfeld, David Bergelson, Alexei Tolstoy, Morris Winchevsky, H. Leivick, Jack London, Zishe Weinper, and Halina Gurska. Two volumes in one.
Collection item number 212847

Kinder heldn
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Buenos Aires: 1953 (46 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A collection of prose, poetry, and song (including music) about children who resist the Nazis.
Collection item number 212848

Kinder vos arbetn
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Buenos Aires: 1946 (7 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Two very short stories and a poem about working youth. Contents: "Fabians un hershele," by Shmuel Piert; "Dos berkeryingl," by Abraham Reisen; "In fabrik," by Nokhem Yud.
Collection item number 212849

Lakhblimele
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Warsaw: 1921 (22 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
A one-act play with seven parts. Poor Khayiml is sick in bed. But the other children go out into the woods, and one of them picks a wonderful flower that her bobe told her makes people feel better. Indeed, the children bring Khayiml the flower, and he is soon on his feet!
Collection item number 212851

Dos lebedike vort: leyenbukh far dem dritn lernyor
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New York: Arbeter Ring, 1954 (256 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
This anthology of literature was intended for use in the third year of Yiddish school. It includes prose and poetry by many noted Yiddish and Hebrew writers, including Avrom Reisen, Moshe Broderson, Mani Leib, and S.Y. Agnon. The pieces are arranged by topic, such as "Children," "Holiday Tales," "Our School," "America," "Work," and "Israel." The anthology has a good glossary, along with short lists of new or difficult vocabulary at the end of each piece.
Collection item number 208300

Mayselekh
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Winnipeg: 19- (40 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of short stories in simple prose, intended for native speakers of six to seven years, including a Yiddish version of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."
Collection item number 212852

Mayselekh far kinder
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Mexico: 1945 (111 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of short stories and poetry. Some of the poetry is intended to be sung, though music is not included. Authors of the various pieces are not identified.
Collection item number 208705

Mayselekh far kinder
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Mexico: 1945 (111 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of short stories and poetry. Some of the poetry is intended to be sung, though music is not included. Authors of the various pieces are not identified.
Collection item number 208706

Mayselekh fun farsheydene felker
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Mexico: 1961 (47 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Stories of people and life in many different places, including Australia, Japan, India, and "Arabia".
Collection item number 212854

A naye hagode shel Peysekh
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Philadelphia: 1948 (50 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
A Yiddish haggadah developed by the Workmen's Circle that makes extensive use of Yiddish literature and song. Includes musical notation of a number of songs.
Collection item number 212855

Dos naye vort
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New York: Pinkhes Gingold, 1954 (316 pages)
May be suitable for beginner, intermediate
An anthology of short pieces on Eastern European shtetl life, American Jewish life, life in Israel, holidays, and similar themes, geared to elementary and middle school students in the Yiddish schools. Authors range chronologically from Sholem Aleichem, Peretz, and Mendele to Kadye Molodovsky and Avrohom Sutzkever.
Collection item number 200486

Purim
New York: 1919 (8 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A number of the bimonthly Mayn idisher oyster dedicated to Purim and containing three short prose pieces and one short poem.

Roythitele
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Warsaw: 1921 (27 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The story of Little Red Riding Hood, told in a two-act play.
Collection item number 212858

Sholem Aleykhem
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Vilna: Naye Yidishe folksshul, 1924
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A brief anthology on Sholem Aleichem, containing his will, his own description of his childhood, memoirs by Dr. M. Koyfman, and a piece on Sholem Aleichem's funeral by Y. Berkovitsh.
Collection item number 212859

Sinbad der yamforer
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Kiev: 1937 (78 pages)
Translated by L. Reznik
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A Yiddish translation of Sindbad the Sailor tales.
Collection item number 213244

Der tunel Eyrope-Amerike/Oyfn 35-tn shtok
Vilna: Naye Yidishe folksshul, 1931 (16 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Two stories, the first by Bernhard Kellerman, the second by D. Newcomb. "Der tunel Eyrope- Amerike" is an imaginative fantasy about the construction of a transatlantic tunnel. "Oyfn 35-tn shtok" is about the construction of a skyscraper.
Collection item number 213417

Vaysrushishe folksmayses
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Berlin: Idisher sektsye bam Komisaryat far folksbildung, 1923 (98 pages)
Translated by Leib Kvitko, illustrated by El Lissitsky
May be suitable for beginner, intermediate
Ten Belorussian folktales, translated into Yiddish.
Collection item number 213499

Vi hoben mentshn gelebt mit eynike yor tsurik/Ertsehlungen vegen vilde menshen
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Warsaw: 1898 (63 pages)
Translated by Yechezkel Kotik and A. Bresler
May be suitable for advanced
Two books bound together. The first was written by Pavlovitsh and examines the nature of life in the primitive past. The second was written by Krabatshevski and contains tales of "primitive" peoples. The print is light and difficult to read on some pages.
Collection item number 212806

Dos vilde Kleynvarg
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Kiev: 1936 (184 pages)
Vasilii Alekseevich Vatagin
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Six stories about animals, translated into Yiddish: "Tserisn-oyerl," by Ernest Thompson Seton; "Berdyagins eynikl," by O. Perovskaya; "Gefunener," by Charles Roberts; "Der geshtreyflter ergeni," by G. Lovstsov; "Khaus," by Nikolai Nikolaievich Plavilshchikov; and "Pitsl un behemotl," by A. Pinar.
Collection item number 212860

Yaponishe mayselekh
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Bialystok: 192- (91 pages)
Edited by P. Kaplan, translated by M. Rakovski
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of Japanese folktales. The print is light and difficult to read in some passages.
Collection item number 211051

Zamlung fun pyonerishe dersteylungen
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Minsk: 1927
Edited by Notke Vainhoiz, illustrated by G. Zmudzinski
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Stirring tales of heroic struggle, often at mortal risk, for the freedom of the people. The stories are by several authors and are set in various periods in Russian history, as well as in the Paris Commune. Lenin figures prominently in several of the pieces.
Collection item number 212989

Single-Author Books

Abelson, Ab.
Nit haynt un nit amol: mayselekh
New Haven: 1938 (59 pages)
Illustrated by Eva Getzov
May be suitable for intermediate
Rhymed verse. A collection of poems about animals, plants, and children.

Alberton, M.
Shakhte “bis”
Minsk: 1932 (44 pages)
Abridged and adapted by Y. R. and V. S.
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A novel about coal mining.

Aleksandrova, E. V.
A mayse mit dray tsigelekh
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Minsk: 1929 (17 pages)
Edited and adapted by E. Aleksandrova and T. Bensman, illustrated by A. Miltshin
May be suitable for intermediate
Five very short stories involving children. In “Freydele kvoktukhe,” Freydele’s hen hatches her eggs. “Moyshele,” a toddler, sits on the floor and makes a mess of everything in the pantry. In “A maysemit dray tsigelekh,” a young boy loses hiskids in the field, but eventually reunites with them. “Yosls tsigele” is Yosl’s pride and joy, and when he takes baby sister Taybele out of her cradle to show her the kid, he catches it from Mother. In “A gruzovik,” strong young Khayiml helps pull a stranded truck back onto the road.
Collection item number 212866

Aleksandrova, E. V.
Di shneyers
Minsk: 1929 (24 pages)
Edited and adapted by E. Aleksandrova and T. Bensman, illustrated by A. Miltshin
May be suitable for intermediate
Five very short stories involving birds. In “Di shneyers,” Mother and Father Bird build a nest in a birch, unaware that there lives a marauding cat against which they must eventually defend their young. In “Shvimer,” the chicks wish they could swim like the ducklings, and when a flood strands the chicks afloat in a pan, the chicks brag of their newfound maritime prowess. In “A modne hindele,” Mother has young Rokhele collect eggs from the roost and set the hen on them to hatch. Rokhele puts one strange green egg, which she finds on the way, among the clutch, and when the chicks hatch, the one from the green egg is certainly a very strange chick. Oh – it’s a duckling. In “Shperele,” a young jokester switches eggs between two bird nests, and Mother Bird is bemused when one of her young is different. When the youngster can fly, he flies away and looks in many places before finding his own kind. In “Hungerike foygelekh,” clever and good- hearted children figure out how to provide for hungry neighborhood birds during wintertime.
Collection item number 212867

Amicis, Edmondo De
Dos harts
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Warsaw: H. Bzshoza, 1927 (52 pages)
Edited by Sh. Mendlson, translated by Shelomoh Shaynberg
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A translation of Cuore, a tale of a schoolboy in Italy.
Collection item number 201421

Amicis, Edmondo De
A meydele, vos hot geratevet a tsug
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Vilna: 19- (15 pages)
Translated by Daniel Charney
May be suitable for intermediate
Young Franye’s father is a switchman on the train line, but when he falls ill, Franye’s the one who signals the trains. One terrible day, when the bridge collapses, Franye prevents a tragedy.
Collection item number 212870

Amosov, S.
Tankes in shlakht
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Minsk: 1932 (84 pages)
Translated by Bliacher
May be suitable for advanced
The history and nature of tank warfare, illustrated with examples from real battles. Though not a technical manual, the text does seem intended to convey the rudiments of this type of warfare to high school age students and to impress them with the spirit and heroism of the Red Army.
Collection item number 212871

Andersen, Hans Christian
Der fliendiker kufert
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Vilna: 1931 (27 pages)
Translated by Zalman Rejzen
May be suitable for intermediate
A translation of “The Flying Trunk.” A merchant’s son uses a magical flying trunk to fly to Turkey. There he falls in love with a beautiful princess and must devise a satisfactory tale to win her hand in marriage.
Collection item number 212877

Andersen, Hans Christian
Der groyser kloys un der kleyner kloys/Di grike/Der leyn
Warsaw: Kultur-lige, 1921 (31 pages)
Translated by Der Nister
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Translations of the Andersen tales “Little Claus and Big Claus,”“The Buckwheat,”and “The Flax.” In “Little Claus and Big Claus,” Little Claus outwits his neighbor Big Claus, making his fortune and vanquishing his rival in the process.“The Buckwheat” is an explanatory tale that tells the reason that buckwheat appears burned after a fire: it haughtily refused to bend like the other flowers in the face of a lightning storm. “The Flax” tells the life cycle of flax as it goes from growing as a beautiful plant to being harvested and spun into linen, sewn into undergarments, made into paper, and finally burned for warmth, all the time thinking of the fern’s admonition,“Snip, snap, snurre, Basse lure: The song is ended.”
Collection item number 212878

Andersen, Hans Christian
Dos heslikh katsherl/Di margaritke
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Warsaw: 1921 (24 pages)
Translated by Der Nister
May be suitable for advanced
Translations of the Andersen tales “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Daisy.” In “The Ugly Duckling” a mother duck hatches a new brood of ducklings, one of which is much more ugly than the rest. Everyone torments the ugly duckling for the way he looks, until one day he finds he has become a beautiful swan. In “The Daisy,” an inconspicuous daisy is honored to have a lark sing to it, instead of to the nearby tulips and peonies. But two boys capture the lark and put it in a cage with the daisy where they are forgotten and left to perish.
Collection item number 212879

Andersen, Hans Christian
A maysele/Anale
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Lvov: 19– (24 pages)
Translated by Bentsien Mozer
May be suitable for advanced
Translations of the Andersen tales “A Story” and “Anne Lisbeth.” In “A Story,” on a delightful Sunday morning, a local town pastor speaks only of the wickedness of mankind. That night, his wife asks him why he does not rejoice in the beauty of the world. A few months later his wife dies, but appears to the pastor in a dream to show that a little goodness is inherent in everyone.“Anne Lisbeth” is a pretty young woman who sends her own son to poor foster parents and instead mothers a wealthy count’s child. She loses touch with her real son, who leads a difficult life and drowns in a shipwreck. His spirit then visits Anne, who repents for her transgressions.
Collection item number 212880

Andersen, Hans Christian
Mayselekh
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Kiev: 1940 (137 pages)
Translated by Itsik Kipnis, illustrated by V. Litvinenko
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Eleven of Andersen’s tales, translated into intermediate Yiddish.
Collection item number 212881

Andersen, Hans Christian
Dem melekhs naye kleyd
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Kiev: 1919 (36 pages)
Translated by Der Nister
May be suitable for intermediate
Several Andersen tales. The print is light and difficult to read in several passages.
Collection item number 212875

Andersen, Hans Christian
Ole-luk-oye
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Warsaw: 1921 (19 pages)
Translated by Der Nister
May be suitable for intermediate
A translation of “Ole-Luk-Oie, the Dream-God.” Ole-Luk-Oie is a storyteller who visits the young children and only tells his stories when the kids are asleep. The Dream God visits one particular child, Hjalmar, every night for one week. This is a compilation of the seven stories that are told to the child on the seven different nights.
Collection item number 212872

Andersen, Hans Christian
Di Shney-malke
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Mexico: 1955 (61 pages)
Translated by Der Nister
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A translation of “The Snow Queen.” This is a riveting tale of the evils performed by a demon. He creates a mirror and all images reflected in it appear bad. This mirror breaks into many different pieces and spreads throughout the world. Little shards of glass penetrate the hearts and eyes of humans. These are seven stories of the journeys of two children and their relationship with the Snow Queen.
Collection item number 212873

Andreev, Leonid
A hunt/Petka af zumer-voynung
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Warsaw: 1920 (39 pages)
Translated by David Hofstein
May be suitable for intermediate
Two short stories.
Collection item number 212885

Andriienko, Ivan
In nayem veg
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Kharkov: 1932 (121 pages)
Translated by David Hofsteyn
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Twelve short stories that illustrate aspects of the new life in the Soviet Union.
Collection item number 212887

Arnstein, Marc
Dem zeydns matone: a komedye in eyn akt
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Vilna: Naye Yidishe folksshul, 1931 (20 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
This is a children’s comedy, a play in one act, which takes place in the children’s room of a well-to-do Jewish home. Four children, ages seven through eleven, are the players. One boy thinks he sees a ghost who stole their grandfather’s fiddle, they scare each other, and then help each other overcome their fears.
Collection item number 201392

Arsen’ev, Vladimir Klavdievich
In der tayge (usuryer kant)
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Kiev: 1930 (151 pages)
Translated by B. Rabinovitsh
May be suitable for advanced
A collection of writing by the famed explorer of the Soviet Far East, including some of the material about Arsen’ev’s relationship with the Goldi trapper Dursu.
Collection item number 212890

Asanov, N.
Domne
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Kiev: 1932 (11 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The story of iron and an iron foundry is told through poetry and prose.
Collection item number 212891

Asch, Sholem
Der 1-ter May
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Vilna: 1930 (7 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
A short story about the doings in a small town around the first of May, when the czarist forces confront the opposition.
Collection item number 212892

Asch, Sholem
Ash far yugnt
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Warsaw: Kultur-lige, 1924 (265 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
This collection of nineteen legends is set in mythical ancient times in the holy land and environs. The first is about a rich man who is generous and blessed, but who turns a poor man who comes to him over to a servant because he finds his appearance and smell offensive. He suddenly finds a reversal of fortune and becomes like that beggar, himself turned over to a servant, and finally understands the justice of his reversal.
Collection item number 203742

Asch, Sholem
Eli un Shmuel
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Warsaw: 1924 (16 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Asch’s retelling of a story from Tanakh.
Collection item number 212893

Asch, Sholem
Di farfleytsung
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Vilna: 1929 (13 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
An excerpt from Asch’s Kishefmakherin fun kastilyen.
Collection item number 212894

Asch, Sholem
Khurbn Yerusholayim
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Warsaw: 1924 (51 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
The story of the destruction of Jerusalem, told in four chapters, with Jeremiah as the central figure.
Collection item number 212895

Asch, Sholem
Mayselekh fun khumesh far kinder
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Vilna: Kletzkin, 1913 (143 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Tales from the Bible, from Adam and Eve to the death of Jacob.
Collection item number 212897

Asch, Sholem
Onkl Mozes
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New York: Arbeter-Ring, 1940 (240 pages)
Edited by Yudl Mark
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Sholem Asch’s novel, abridged for children. A glossary of difficult vocabulary is included.
Collection item number 200119

Asch, Sholem
Der oremer un raykher
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Warsaw: 1930 (14 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
A wealthy and pious gentleman in ancient Jerusalem, noted for his generosity, invites God’s punishment upon him for receiving an unkempt beggar at arm’s length. After losing his child and fortune, and becoming a wandering beggar himself, the gentleman of Jerusalem learns the meaning of God’s wisdom after being received at arm’s length by a wealthy benefactor.
Collection item number 212898

Asch, Sholem
Yosele
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Warsaw: 1918 (27 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A short story set against the backdrop of immigration to New York.
Collection item number 212900

Asch, Sholem
Yosele
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Warsaw: 1926 (28 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A short story set against a backdrop of immigration to New York.
Collection item number 212901

Auerbach, Ephraim
Dray rizn
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New York: Bildungs-komitet fun Arbeter Ring, 1937 (64 pages)
Illustrated by Emanuel Romano
May be suitable for intermediate
A wondrous tale involving the Leviathan and Shor-haboar from Jewish legend.
Collection item number 205481

Auerbach, Ephraim
Far groys un kleyn
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New York: Hebrew Publishing Company, 1921 (256 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Bible stories, followed by popular legends. Many illustrations—mostly woodcuts.
Collection item number 205486

Avenaryus, V. P.
Vos der tsimer dertseylt
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Bialystok: 1921 (29 pages)
Translated by Menuhah Rabinovitsh
May be suitable for advanced
A short story by Vasilii Petrovich Avenarius (1839–1923).
Collection item number 212902

Bagish, Zishe
In kinderland
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Warsaw: Kinderfraynd, 1938 (16 pages)
Illustrated by Sh. Lisovski
May be suitable for beginner
Short, simple rhymed poems on whimsical topics, such as rain, spring, and counting.
Collection item number 212904

Bailin, Israel Ber
Ferdinand Lasal
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New York: 1926 (45 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The life story of an important labor leader.
Collection item number 212102

Bailin, Israel Ber
Karl Marks
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New York: 192– (32 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A biography of Marx for young people.
Collection item number 212906

Barkan, H.
Amol iz geven
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New York: 1942 (63 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of short, folksy tales.
Collection item number 206117

Barkan, H.
Kinder: mayses
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New York: Arbeter-Ring, 1951 (48 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Short stories in very simple prose that should be manageable for newer students of Yiddish. Story themes concern children at home and play, and several have to do with Jewish holidays.
Collection item number 206114

Barkan, Sara
Gutfriling
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New York: Signal, 1936 (126 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Poems and short stories. The poems are metered, rhymed, and easy to read. Themes include the joys of seasons, children at play, and working-class children. The stories concern the adventures and activities of children.
Collection item number 206142

Barta, Sandor
Briderlekh
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Minsk: 1935 (14 pages)
Translated by Kamanetsky, illustrated by A. Zakharov
May be suitable for intermediate
A rhymed poem that is a “revolutionary” pseudo-lullaby. It describes children of different colors in different parts of the world and how their parents reassure and sing to them. The central figure is a child of workers who have struggled to build a good society: some day this young child will grow up to struggle on behalf of all his brothers everywhere. Some of the illustrations are dark.
Collection item number 212909

Barta, Sandor
Nu, a gutn, ikh gey avek
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Vilna: 1938 (6 pages)
Translated by S. Bastomsky
May be suitable for intermediate
A play that intends to show the pitfalls of lazy and careless behavior. The lead character is a little boy, a “shlumper,” who’s careless about absolutely everything. He doesn’t mind at all, until his carelessness leads to his own disappointment, and the scorn of others, during the staging of a play.
Collection item number 212911

Barta, Sandor
A yingele farkert
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Minsk: 1935 (19 pages)
Translated by M. Lifshits
May be suitable for intermediate
Four short rhymed poems.
Collection item number 212912

Basile, Giambattista
Vunder mayses
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New York: Matones, 1945 (135 pages)
Edited by Isaac Horowitz, translated by Isaac Horowitz
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Adaptations of selected tales from Il Pentamerone, by a 17th-century Neapolitan writer.
Collection item number 206064

Bass, Hyman B.
Arbets-bukh far yidisher geshikhte
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New York: M. N. Mayzel, 1931 (96 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A workbook for teaching Jewish history.
Collection item number 204142

Bassein, Leon
Mayselekh
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Vilna: 1928, 2 v. in 1.
May be suitable for intermediate
Two tales about the foolish little boy Lemekh Nar. In “Lemekh geyt zikh glitshn,” Lemekh sees a man putting ash on the icy walk so people won’t slip, so he himself brings ash to the pond so he won’t slip and fall when he skates. In “Lemekh geyt zikh lernen,” Lemekh tarries at home until he sees on the clock that he’ll be late to school—so he brings the clock with him to show the teacher that he’s late because his clock is late.
Collection item number 212914

Bassein, Leon
Mayselekh
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Vilna: 1931 (16 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
Two short humorous stories. In “Vi Lemekh halt gelt,” the foolish little boy Lemekh promises not to lose the cash his mother gives him to go buy things at the store. He walks down the street with the money displayed in his open hand, so that he won’t lose it or forget that he has it. He meets a swindler who gets the best of him. In “Pintl un zayn hintl,” Pintl’s dog Hintl always goes everywhere with him. One day, Pintl has to take a long trip by car. Hintl tries to follow him, but can’t. Hintl searches everywhere for Pintl, checking back at the house, and at the car stop, until finally he is on hand to greet Pintl when Pintl returns from his trip.
Collection item number 212913

Bastomski, Solomon
Di emese kale
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Vilna: 1920 (15 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
An adaptation from the Brothers Grimm. A beautiful maiden is set to impossible tasks by her evil stepmother and rescued with magical assistance. The maiden then lives in a beautiful palace and is betrothed to a handsome prince—who vanishes on her. The beautiful maiden wanders the world seeking her beloved, and in the end, after a series of missed opportunities, she and her intended find each other.
Collection item number 212916

Bastomski, Solomon
Friling kumt
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Vilna: 1921 (22 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
The book is a two-act play about spring with butterflies, nature, songs, and dances.
Collection item number 201730

Bastomski, Solomon
Der keyser un der tsadik
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Vilna: Naye Yidishe folksshul, 1922 (13 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
In this story, a kaiser has a dream about something horrible that will happen to him. The only one who can save him is someone who was born in the same year, same month, and same day as he. When he wakes up he sends out messengers to find such a person. He is eventually found in a small village, and he is a famous tsadik. The story goes on to describe how this tsadik saves the kaiser’s life.
Collection item number 205093

Bebit, E. K.
Mayselekh fun vaytn Indyen
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Moscow: 1919 (39 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Tales of beasts and villagers. In the tales involving animals, the animals think and talk.
Collection item number 212939

Ben Aryeh Loeb, Hayyim Abraham
Gedules Yosef
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Vilna: 1908/9 (40 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A number of biblical stories are told about Joseph and the great disputes he had with his brothers. Many parables are also found here. The book is written using old orthography, and includes Torah Hebrew expressions within the biblical stories of Joseph.
Collection item number 201295

Berkovitsh, L.
Kleynvelt
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Los Angeles: 1934 (119 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Rhymed verse, most of which was originally published in the newspaper Frayhayt. A few of the poems have what the author describes as “proletarian” themes, but most of the poems are about children, nature, animals, and other typical children’s poetry topics.
Collection item number 206395

Bialostotsky, B.Y.
Binele
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New York: Kinder Ring, 1940 (96 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Young Binele wanders from his home and experiences fantastic adventures before returning. He encounters a wise old man, a bear, and even supernatural spirits!
Collection item number 206214

Biber, Israel
Friling in vald
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Warsaw: Kinderfraynd, 1937 (46 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
This is a 1937 children’s book about a “sanatorium,” which is actually a nature camp for Jewish children. They came from various towns around Warsaw. The camp was sponsored by the Jewish Labor Movement. The story details the activities of the children, teaching them about nature, what various birds and animals are called, their activities, etc.
Collection item number 201220

Biber, Israel
Vinter in vald
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Warsaw: Kinder-fraynd, 1937 (62 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
This is a 1937 children’s book about a “sanatorium” in the winter, similar to the one published for spring, at the same nature camp for Jewish children. The story details the children’s activities, teaching them the names of birds and animals, and what the creatures (like the fox and the weasel) are like, with actual examples of the fox in the chicken coop(!) and how carrier pigeons are trained to carry messages.
Collection item number 204343

Bloshtein, Hirsh
Kinder fun eyn klas
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Kiev: 1935 (85 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Eight stories of children’s lives in Argentina.
Collection item number 210643

Bogdanski, M.
Felder un zangen: kinder lider
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Chicago: Arbeter velt, 1937 (56 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Short, rhyming poems about the wonders of nature, agriculture, and enjoyment of the outdoors.
Collection item number 206018

Bonzels, Waldemar
Die bin Maya, un vos mit ir iz farlofn
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Warsaw: 1928 (170 pages)
Translated by Y. Rapaport
May be suitable for advanced
A translation of “Di Bihne Maja un ihre Abenteuer.” A plucky little bee and her doings.
Collection item number 212953

Borenstein, Samuel
Di velt un ire natur vunder
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London: 1931 (79 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
The natural sights and experiences in the Hawaiian islands: the canyons, vast lava fields, the daring risks travelers can take. There is also a brief discussion of the coming of Captain Cook and his tragic fate (eaten by the natives).
Collection item number 206118

Boymvol, Rachel
A mol iz geven a helfand: mayselekh far kleyn un groys
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Tel Aviv: Peretz, 1973 (174 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
This is a collection of short stories for children. Mostly fable-like stories about animals, plants, and planets with a simple humanistic-moralistic message. Some are just scenes or sketches without a plot. Average length of stories is one to two pages, sometimes even shorter.
Collection item number 206098

Broderson, Moses
Der royter rayter
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Vilna: 1928 (24 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A long poem. The photograph is too dark to see clearly.
Collection item number 212968


Bukhshtab, B.
Der held fun untererd
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Kiev: Kultur-lige, 1930 (121 pages)
Translated by Y. Kamenetsky
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A novel.
Collection item number 212970

Bunin, Ivan
Knekht
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Kiev: 1926 (60 pages)
Translated by N. L.
May be suitable for intermediate
Three short stories: “Riksho no. 7,” by Ivan Bunin, “A neger-meydl,” by Pierre Mill, and “Dem negers toyt,” by Max Gold. Translated into Yiddish. Stories set in Sri Lanka, Senegal, and the United States.
Collection item number 212972
 

Busch, Wilhelm
Di papirene shlang
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Warsaw: 1921 (22 pages)
Translated by Joseph Tunkel
May be suitable for intermediate
What could be better than to make a paper kite on a beautiful summer day? Well, how about stealing apples on the way? How about getting into a fray? Three boys make kites. Moyshele, the stick-in-the-mud who resists getting into mischief on the way out to fly the kites, is the only one with a kite left to fly. Rhymed verse.
Collection item number 212973
 

Busch, Wilhelm
Der raben nest
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Warsaw: 1921 (16 pages)
Translated by Joseph Tunkel, illustrated by Wilhelm Busch
May be suitable for intermediate
Rhymed poetry. A Yiddish adaptation by the humorist Der Tunkeler of one of Busch’s darkly humorous tales.
Collection item number 212974
 

Busch, Wilhelm
Der shtifer Moyshl
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Warsaw: 1923 (15 pages)
Translated by Joseph Tunkel
May be suitable for intermediate
Rhymed verse. Oy! What a rascal! What doesn’t Moyshele get up to? He tears his pants, falls in the river, sits in a bucket of paste, falls headfirst into a barrel of honey, and gets chased by bees and dogs. After Mama washes him down and brooms him off, all that’s left is for Papa to warm his backside properly.
Collection item number 212975


Cahan, Judah Loeb
Hintele shvarts un ketsele vays
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Warsaw: Kinderfraynd, 1937 (30 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A tale in verse of a little black dog and a little white cat. They live together with a man who is always angry and therefore mean to them. When he is mean to them, they take it out on each other. One day when things are in an uproar, the cat gets into the chimney and comes out black, and the dog gets into the flour and comes out white. Confused, the two animals run from the house. The cat sees his reflection in the creek and, mistaking himself for the black dog, flees forever. The dog, in the meantime, runs and runs until he expires from exhaustion. This is an interesting tale to read, though from today's vantage point it is certainly not something to give to children.
Collection item number 212976

Catovsky, Felix
Kleynvarg (kinder dertseylungen)

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Buenos Aires: 1945 (138 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
This is a book of short stories (two to five pages in length), many involving children, intended to be read by parents and children together. Each story includes a dramatic twist or ends with a question for the parents and children to consider.
Collection item number 202683

Chaimson, Malkah
Makht zikh aleyn a gertele

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Vilna: 1922 (63 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced.
A handbook that explains the biology behind the growth of plants and trees in a very straightforward manner.
Collection item number 212980

Chanin, Nathan
Berele
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New York: Kinder-ring, 1938 (128 pages)
Illustrated by Nota Koslowsky
May be suitable for intermediate
“A tale of a poor boy, raised to struggle.” This dedication appearing at the begin- ning of the text sets a clear tone for the story. Berele is a boy from a poor but decent Jewish home in a quintessential czarist Russia shtetl. He is brought to social consciousness and earns his spurs in the workers’ movement, enduring strikes, arrest, prison, and Siberian exile.
Collection item number 208091

Charney, Daniel
Di farkishefte kretshme
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Vilna: 1921 (36 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Khayim Soldat gets lost in the woods, but eventually finds an inn. Many vivid things happen to him there, but in the end he returns home to his family.
Collection item number 212982

Charney, Daniel
Der koter in shtivel
Vilna: 1919 (13 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A short, simple drama in rhyme about a courtly talking cat who becomes involved with the royal court.
Collection item number 212991

Charney, Daniel
Vi azoy ikh kum oyf der levone
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Vilna: 1928 (53 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Travel prose about a trip to Switzerland.
Collection item number 212992

Chaver Paver
Fun yener zayt taykh
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New York: Haverim, 1930 (168 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
A novel.
Collection item number 208057

Chaver Paver
A gesheft hob ikh
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Vilna: Grininke beymelekh, 1936 (7 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Two short plays: “A gesheft hob ikh!” with six parts. Little rascal Motl doesn’t want to do his spelling homework. His dog Shmaye upbraids him for his unwillingness to learn the letters properly, and then the Hebrew letters come to take the matter up with him in his sleep. “Perele un berele,” with three parts. The play could be done with puppets or actors. Perele and Berele want to play, but can’t find each other in the dark house until the (talking) squirrel brings them together. They rejoice, begin to play, and end up squabbling, at which the squirrel escorts them back inside.
Collection item number 212993

Chaver Paver
Khaver-pavers mayselakh
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New York: Matones, 1925 (96 pages)
Illustrated by Aharon Gudlman
May be suitable for intermediate
These two volumes contain thirty-seven short stories for very young children, in relatively easy Yiddish. Topics include flowers, animals, and some comic characters.Volume 1 of 2.
Collection item number 200916

Chaver Paver
Khaver-pavers mayselakh
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New York: Matones, 1925 (96 pages)
Illustrated by Aharon Gudlman
May be suitable for intermediate
These two volumes contain thirty-seven short stories for very young children, in relatively easy Yiddish. Topics include flowers, animals, and some comic characters.Volume 2 of 2.
Collection item number 200917

Chaver Paver
Labzik
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New York: Internatsyonaler arbeter ordn, 1935 (79 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Labzik is a red dog, in color and in politics. He’s left abandoned at the Jackson Avenue subway station in the Bronx by a family who can’t afford food for themselves, never mind the dog. He’s adopted by Berl the Operator, his wife, Molly, and their two children, Mulik and Rifkele, and in the course of the two volumes of stories, he helps them during strikes, Young Pioneer plays, fights against scabs, the mayor, policemen. He gets in trouble when he brings home a Hearst newspaper instead of Berl’s Morgn-Frayhayt. Labzik prevents a Boy Scout with McCarthy-ite tendencies from cutting down the family’s portrait of Lenin. He breaks up a baseball game between the Prospect Park kids and Jackson Avenue kids, so it’s not all political. And all told lovingly, with humor (a rare thing in most leftist circles).
Collection item number 208081

Chaver Paver
Vovik, mayselekh fun a bronzviler hintele
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New York: Khaver-Paver bukh-komitet, 1947 (125 pages)
Illustrated by Moses Soyer
May be suitable for intermediate
Lovely, simple stories about the little dog Vovik, son of Labzik (“Labziks mezunikl”), and his life with Mulik (the young son of Berl der Opereytor now grown up and married) and his family, Biro (Mulik’s wife) and Freydele, their little daughter. Vovik generally gets in trouble, stealing the stick from a blind man, letting Freydele wander off when he’s supposed to be watching her, and so on, but it always turns out well in the end. He comes to like the dog that is trapped in the mirror in the bedroom, and to like the radio, even if at first he barked at it and didn’t understand it. The last story is a very pretty dream Vovik has about dancing for the moon so the moon will lead him back to Coney Island for more of the hot dogs he covets. The language is lovely, with phrases and sentences repeated as refrains (perhaps because it’s a book for kids, intended to be read to them aloud).
Collection item number 212995

Chekhov, Anton
Shlofn vilt zikh/ Vanke zshukov
Kharkov: 19– (31 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Two stories by Chekhov, along with an extensive biographical introduction.
Collection item number 212997

Cherevkov, Vl.
Tsharlz Darvin
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Moscow: 1930 (15 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The story of Charles Darwin, told in straightforward prose.
Collection item number 212998

Chesler, Samuel
Durkh tir un toyer
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Buenos Aires: 1949 (129 pages)
Illustrated by Y. Granat
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of rhymed verse. Some of the poems are intended to be chanted in circle games. Subjects include Israel and Zionism, Jewish holidays, children and their activities, and family.
Collection item number 209647

Chesler, Samuel
Feygl in der luftn: kinderlider un krayzshpiln
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Tucuman, Argentina: 1949 (129 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of fifty-seven children’s poems, of which eight are circle games. Most of the poems are about animals, from birds in the air to sick turtles.
Collection item number 209650

Chesler, Samuel
Himl un erd
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Buenos Aires: 1944 (155 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of rhymed poetry to be recited, sung, and played to. Some of the poems are translated from other languages. Some contain instructions for their use in games, and some are scored with music.
Collection item number 211822

Chukovskii, Kornei Ivanovich
Fligele migele
Moscow: 1935 (16 pages)
Translated by Yefim Arlyuk, illustrated by V. Koneshevitsh
May be suitable for intermediate
A tale in rhymed verse. Fligele Migele finds a purse, and buys a samovar at market. All the other bugs come to drink tea with Fligele Migele, but an evil spider kidnaps the poor flea. The other bugs run away in terror, but a heroic gnat flies in to save the day. What else can Fligele Migele do but marry him? All the bugs dance and rejoice at the wedding. An adaptation of a tale by the Russian author.
Collection item number 212889

Chukovskii, Kornei Ivanovich
Krokodil
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Moscow: 1928 (32 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Shloyme and Pesye live in a little wooden house. They have a baby, Dovidl. Shloyme is taken away and imprisoned by the German soldiers, leaving Pesye to scrape a living by selling rolls in town. The war drags on, and Dovidl grows to be a little boy with crippled legs. Sometimes the other children taunt him. One day, Field Marshall Hindenburg comes to town. During the parade, Pesye falls at his feet and pleads her husband’s case, but Dovidl fusses to get away from her because the band is playing a lively number. Officers shoo her away. Pesye is traumatized by the event and can no longer work. There is no food in the house, and no heat. Dovidl eats at a charity kitchen for children. One day the kitchen closes, and the enraged children break down the door, but to no avail. Pesye dies, despondent. The neighbors sell the few remaining items in the little wooden house to pay for Pesye’s funeral, and at the end of the story have no idea what to do with Dovidl.
Collection item number 213005
 

Daniel, Mark
Zorki hot geredt
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Lodz: 1918 (30 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Children’s poems/songs. Words only, no music, though some are obviously meant to be sung. There are themes of nature, childhood, Jewish holidays, and a cycle of pieces about Jewish craftsmen.
Collection item number 213026

Davidman, Solomon
Bongelo numer 25
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Chicago: 1936 (64 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A five-act comedy.
Collection item number 211616


Davidman, Solomon
Di milkhome in Nyu York
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Detroit: 1925 (21 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Mirl is fourteen years old. When her father is hurt on the job, in a shop owned by a greedy boss, Mirl must help look after the family. A job is open in a shop in the city, and Mirl experiences for the first time how hard it is to travel into the city to work in such an onerous environment. Mirl, though young, responds to the hardship and injustice that is the lot of the common people by becoming politically active.
Collection item number 205386

Davidman, Solomon
Motele fun dorf “Ikor” un khaver Lenin
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Chicago: 1936 (72 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
A children’s play featuring fairly unsubtle sentiments characteristic of the pro-Soviet left of the ’30s.“Comrade Lenin” is mentioned often and admiringly, for example.
Collection item number 213031

Davidman, Solomon
A shprakh iz vi a gortn
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New York: 1952 (95 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Short stories about school children. Many of the stories directly concern the children at school, particularly in left-wing Yiddish schools. The prose is clear and easy to understand. Though not really political, the stories reflect the author’s involvement in the left-wing Yiddish schools and cultural world.
Collection item number 207293

Davidman, Solomon
Yidishe kinder in Biro-Bidzshan
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New York: 1952 (128 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Completely bilingual, with stories appearing in both Yiddish and English in separate sections. The stories were written over a period of years before being collected in this volume. Stories of Jewish children in Birobidzhan, celebrating the great project of the Jewish Autonomous Republic and a number of organizations that supported it abroad.
Collection item number 213032

Dray mayselekh
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Kiev: 1934 (30 pages)
Art by M. Fradkin and B. Blank
May be suitable for intermediate
Three tales in verse: “Der toyt fun a khinezer,” “A mayse mit a ber,” “Der fuks un der ber.”
Collection item number 213034

Der Nister
Mayselekh in ferzn
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Warsaw: 1918 (23 pages)
Illustrated by L. Nechamkin
May be suitable for intermediate
A three-act play with five parts.
Collection item number 213040


Dickens, Charles
Oliver Tvist
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Kiev: 1930 (89 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A translation of Oliver Twist for use in school.
Collection item number 213041
 

Dimondstein, Boris
In kinder velt
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New York: 1927 (93 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
This is a book of children’s poetry. Themes include: 1) Things, animals, and birds; 2) Parents, teachers, and children; 3) In the country; and 4) Miscellaneous. Many English words are used, spelled phonetically in Yiddish characters. An English/Yiddish glossary is provided at the back of the book.
Collection item number 203425
 

Dinesohn, Jacob
Yosele
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New York: Hebrew Publishing Company, 1923–1933 (154 pages)
Edited by Jacob Levin
intermediate, advanced
Dinesohn’s trenchant satire of shtetl life, told through the adventures of the young boy Yosele. Abridged for children, with a glossary of difficult vocabulary at the end and a biography of Dinesohn by the editor.
Collection item number 207375

Dinur, Ben-Zion
Yidishe geshikhte
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Kiev: 1925 (28 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Three short stories whose motifs are based upon the author’s experiences in WWI as a surgeon in the French army.
Collection item number 213291
 

Dziubinskii, S.
Milyonen shpindlen
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Kiev: 1931 (106 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
A book about the development of the textile industry and the ways in which it supports the development of Soviet society.
Collection item number 213293
 

Elkin, Mendl
Purim tsu der seude: a khsidish bild/In podryad: a bild fun altn yidishn shteyger
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New York: Arbeter-Ring, 1949 (43 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Two children’s plays. Musical scores are included; music is by Michl Gelbart.
Collection item number 205105
 

Eplboym, Yankev
Fun eygene un fremde kvaln
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Montevideo: 1945 (123 pages)
intermediate, advanced
An anthology of prose drama, some in translation from other languages, some originally written in Yiddish. Predominant themes are of nature and the joys of living harmoniously in nature. The intended audience was children traumatized during the recent war.
Collection item number 213299
 

Erlich, H.
Vaksn, vaksn blimelekh (kinder-lider)
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Johannesburg: Kayor, 1964 (46 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
Short, rhymed poems about children, children’s activities, and elements of a child’s world such as teddy bears, pets, and going to the dentist.
Collection item number 209149
 

Ewald, Carl
Di binen-malke
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Bialystok: 1920 (32 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A farmer opens his beehive after the winter. All the bees come out to get fresh air. The queen bee orders the worker bees to build the honeycomb cells. The queen bee lays many eggs. The eggs hatch into little worms called larvae. One worker larva wants to be a queen, but the older worker bees say this is not possible. It is the little larva’s destiny to be a worker. The story goes on to describe the real destiny of this little larva.
Collection item number 203579
 

Ewald, Carl
Di erd un di komete
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213333
Bialystok: 1921 (26 pages)
Translated by Zeev Grosman
May be suitable for intermediate
A tale by the 19th-century Danish writer about an anthropomorphized earth and comet. Their interactions and conversations explain elements of basic astronomy.
Collection item number 213333
 

Ewald, Carl
Der heysherik
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Bialystok: 1920 (58 pages)
Translated by Yitshak Vaynshtat
May be suitable for intermediate
A story about locusts, from a series of nature stories by the Danish author Ewald.
Collection item number 213334
 

Ewald, Carl
Der regnvorim un der botshan
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Bialystok: 1920 (38 pages)
Translated by Yitshak Vaynshtat
May be suitable for intermediate
A story about a crane and an earthworm, from a series of nature stories by the Danish author Ewald. The print is a bit light in some passages.
Collection item number 213335
 

Ewald, Carl
Der tsveyfisiker
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Bialystok: 1921 (47 pages)
Translated by Zeev Grosman
May be suitable for intermediate
Translated from Danish. A short story about a creature that has learned to go on two legs; possibly a translation of Ewald’s “A New Story of Two-legs.”
Collection item number 213336
 

Fain, Jordana
Dos ingl fun Karaskal
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Buenos Aires: 1941 (29 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A biography of the writer, educator, and president of Argentina, Sarmiento. Includes glossary of Spanish terms. Some of the text is light, particularly in picture captions.
Collection item number 213337
 

Farber, J. I.
In a yidisher kolonye
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Buenos Aires: 1936 (38 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
A number of short poems about aspects of life in an Argentinian Jewish agricultural colony.
Collection item number 203513
 

Fefer, Itzik
Mayselekh in ferzn
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Minsk: 1929 (32 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Five poems, each of moderate length.
Collection item number 213340
 

Fell-Yellin, Sarah
Trit nokh trit
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Boston: 1937 (222 pages)
Illustrated by Nota Koslowsky
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A collection of stories and poems on a variety of themes. Some of the pieces deal with issues of protest and social justice. Foreword by Moyshe Nadir. Hebrew and Aramaic words are spelled phonetically.
Collection item number 209501

Fenster, B.
Di mayse fun Purim
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New York: 1943 (7 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The story of Purim, adapted for children. The tale differs in several subtle ways from the tale as told in the Megillah: for instance, King Ahasuerus’s confrontation with Queen Vashti is less racy than in the original, and ends in a less grisly manner.
Collection item number 213342

Feter Bentsiyon
Der milner di milnern un di milshteyner
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Kiev: 1920 (14 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
A tale of Mister and Missus Miller and their millstone, and what happens with their millstone when they become entangled with the landlord (all the barnyard animals get involved, too). The Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library has a different edition.
Collection item number 213344

Fezi-Zhelinskaya, A. A.
Di geshikhte fun a indus
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Kiev: 1922 (82 pages)
Translated by L. Reznik
Intermediate, advanced
A Yiddish version of the venerable tale about the nutcracker that comes to life.
Collection item number 213372

Hofman, Leah Kapilowitz
In kinderland
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New York: Leben, 1919 (218 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
This is a book of expertly crafted poems, each of one or two pages, on the timeless themes of children’s everyday lives. A unusual feature is that they are written in the first person, in the voice of a child (but with an adult’s insight and wit). Avrom Reisen, in an enthusiastic introduction to “the first collection of children’s poems in Yiddish literature,” says that children will finally have good literature on realistic themes. The topics include play, imagination, love, wishes, mischief, seasons and holidays. In the 3rd edition (1927), seven new poems replace previous pages of illustration.
Collection item number 207072

Hofman, Leah Kapilowitz
Kleyne in der groyser velt
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New York: Leben, 1920 (190 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
This volume contains 25 very short stories about little children who encounter problems in the great big adult world and, with ingenuity and cleverness, are able to overcome these problems. Individuals stories include such titles as “The Orphan,” “The Glove,” “The Shkhine,” “Friends,” “Fayvele’s Politics,” “Two Years Older,” “The Wicked Father,” “The Young Mama.”
Collection item number 207044

Hofman, Leah Kapilowitz
Mon blumen: kinder in ferzn
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Detroit: 1941 (110 pages)
Beginner, intermediate
This is a book of charming children’s poetry that could be recited aloud to an audience. There are categories such as “When Children Think and Feel,” ”The Beloved Mischief- makers,” and “Our Friends the Machines.”Almost all the poems are only one page long and are humorous or have a “punchline.” Beginning and intermediate reading levels; however, advanced readers might very well enjoy the humor in these poems. Pre-teen level would be appropriate.
Collection item number 207363

Hofman, Leah Kapilowitz
Dem zeydns tabik pushke
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Montreal: 1946 (7 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Simple rhymed verse. The little boy narrator wants to investigate his grandfather’s snuff-box, but Grandfather won’t allow him. When the grandson finally manages to get his hands on it, he gets a faceful of bitter, irritating snuff and learns a lesson.
Collection item number 213373

Hofstein, David
Navigatsye
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Moscow: 1934 (23 pages)
Illustrated by B. Roytman
May be suitable for intermediate
Long rhymed poems.
Collection item number 213375

Horowitz, Hillel Jacob
Khezyoney noar
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Saint Louis: 1925–39 
May be suitable for intermediate
Dramatic biblical sketches. Some of the speaking parts are in verse. Two volumes published in one book.
Collection item number 213376

Horowitz, Izak
Der shney-mentsh
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213377
New York: 1928 (15 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A play with three main parts, and parts for an indeterminate number of other children (one or more children could say these lines). Children decide to make a snowman, and ponder how to make its soul.
Collection item number 213377

Hurvits, N.
Megiles Ester
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New York: 19– (38 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The story of the Megillah of Esther, told in rhymed verse.
Collection item number 213379

Hurwitz, S.
Moyshe Mendelson
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New York: 1926 (31 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
This short didactic biography of Moses Mendelson is thoughtfully and interestingly presented. It is not “preachy” but rather “teachy.” It covers concepts such as injustice, interior and exterior “ghettoizing,” and enlightenment. Touches briefly on assimilation, including his children’s conversions to Christianity. It does not contain a glossary but it does make use of simple synonyms alongside difficult words. This story is feasible for a year-end second-grader or beginner third- grader.
Collection item number 213382

Ignatoff, David
Dos goldene ingele
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New York: 1921 (15 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A short story.
Collection item number 1921

Ignatoff, David
A shtetel
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New York: 1921 (15 pages)
intermediate,advanced
Two short stories: “Der royter riz” and "Got’s vunder.” The illustrations are so dark that they are difficult to see.
Collection item number 213393

Ignatoff, David
Vinter
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New York: 1921 (23 pages)
intermediate,advanced
Three short stories about or set in winter: “Dos onkumen fun vinter,” “A vinternakht in Van-Kortland park,” and “In dem vaysen vald.” The drawings are so dark that they are difficult to see.
Collection item number 213394

Ignatyev, B.
Kuk zikh tsu tsu der natur
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Moscow: Shul un bukh, 1927 (64 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
A textbook and workbook for the study of botany. Includes charts and a glossary (though the type in the glossary is light and difficult to read).
Collection item number 213395

Ilin, M. (Mikhail)
Di vistenish vert ibergeboyt
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Kiev: 1935 (63 pages)
intermediate,advanced
The story of the Soviet struggle to “rebuild” the Kara Kumi desert of central Asia in order to make it more hospitable and productive.
Collection item number 210988

Ilin, M. (Mikhail)
Di zun afn tish
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Moscow: 1938 (63 pages)
Illustrated by N. Lapshin
May be suitable for intermediate
Five short stories discussing lighting, and how people have developed different forms of lighting to change their lives.
Collection item number 213050

Indelman, Elchanan
Gut yontev kinder
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New York: Yidishn dertsiungs-komitet, 1958 (52 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
This book of rhymed verse accompanies the young reader through the cycle of the Jewish year. Beginning with the highlights of the year in the form of a rhymed calendar of the Jewish months, the book includes poems about returning to school, the seasons, and holidays such as Sukes, Khanike, Tu B’shvat, Purim, and Peysekh. The cycle closes with a playful rhymed alphabet. Each holiday poem appropriately reflects the mood and the symbols of the festival it describes. Though not originally written for an adult audience, many of these verses have an irresistible charm for readers of all ages. The text is enhanced by cartoon-like illustrations. The collection, or parts of it, is recommended for beginning learners of Yiddish. This book is a fine way to introduce the vocabulary and symbols relating to each holiday.
Collection item number 205668

Indelman, Elchanan
Dos lid funm yidishn koyln-greber
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Warsaw: 1946 (12 pages)
Illustrated by H. Golomb
May be suitable for beginner
Rhymed verse about the work of a heroic coal-miner. The coal-miner’s life underground is portrayed in a somewhat more sentimental light than one might usually encounter. At the end of the book is music to which the poem can be sung. Some of the illustrations are too dark to be completely clear.
Collection item number 213399

Irkutov, Andrei Dmitrievich
Der marsh af Vashington
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Minsk: 1928 (85 pages)
Translated by Noah Gorelik
May be suitable for intermediate
Children of arrested workers stage a march on Washington in 1925 to protest their fathers’ incarceration. According to the foreword, the text is based on an actual event.
Collection item number 213400

Josephus, Flavius
Di letste kanoyim
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Berlin: 1922 (21 pages)
intermediate,advanced
Yiddish translation of Flavius Josephus’s treatment of the last Zealots.
Collection item number 210922

Kahan, Avrom
Mayses far kinder
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Kiev: 1939 (24 pages)
Illustrated by M. Roytman
May be suitable for intermediate
Three tales told in rhymed verse: “Der shmid un zayn tseykhn,” “Dos beste hitl,” and “Arik un zayn hintl sharik.”
Collection item number 213404

Kahan, Elie
Farsheydene dertsylungen
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Minsk: 1940 (152 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Three novellas, one about the clash of Jewish tradition with and the modernity of revolution, and two about the new life in Soviet society.
Collection item number 213405

Kaminski, Y.
Ikh lern zikh Yidish: a leyen-un shpil-bukh far onfanger
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New York: Arbeter-Ring, 1945 (112 pages)
Illustrated by Perets and Shaul Kaminsky
beginner,intermediate
A language primer. Basic reading skills are introduced, which leads to a selection of prose and verse reading lessons.
Collection item number 212533

Kaminsky, Jacob
Lola: mayses fun a meydele vos iz geven andersh
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New York: Arbeter Ring, 1951 (48 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Tales in verse of young Lola, a bright and individualistic youngster. She goes to kindergarten, plays in the park, plays with friends, and celebrates Khanike, Purim, Peysekh, and the first of May. She goes to the beach in the summer, and then enters school to learn Yiddish. She has such an interesting life!
Collection item number 209727

Kaplan, Aaron
Kinder-deklamator far shul un heym
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New York: Hebrew Publishing Company, 1929 (288 pages)
Illustrated by V. Sigel
Intermediate, advanced
A collection of illustrated poems for children, in three parts. Part one contains fifty-two poems for children aged three to six. Part two, 110 poems for children aged six to nine. Part three, thirty-two poems for children aged nine to twelve.
Collection item number 209869

Kaplan, Nathan
In blumen-land
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New York: Matones, 1925 (47 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The flowers and insects have a lively time in the flower garden at night. A play in three scenes, with thirteen characters. Musical scores for the songs are included; music is by Yankev Dayvidson.
Collection item number 203188

Karoti, Arturo
Tshiko in Rusland
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213410
Kiev: 1926 (103 pages)
Translated by L. R.
May be suitable for advanced
A novel.
Collection item number 213410

Kasovich, Israel Isser
Der litvisher ingel: oystsug fun Yisroel Iser Katsovitsh’s bukh Zekhtsig yohr leben
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New York: Max N. Mayzel, 1929 (103 pages)
Illustrated by Lola
intermediate,advanced
An excerpt from the author’s autobiography Sixty Years of Life. This book is intended for use in the Yiddish schools, and recounts the author’s boyhood from his fifth to his fifteenth year. It presents a picture of life in Jewish Lithuania in the period 1865-1880, and shows how the Jews were sustained despite poverty and persecution by their devotion to learning and their religious lifestyle.
Collection item number 209764

Kassel, David
Khatskele der mazik
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Warsaw: 1921 (28 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A comic child’s play with six parts (all children). Khatskele is quite the practical joker, and all the children have to watch out for his tricks. When the children band together and make Khatskele the victim of a stunt of their own, Khatskele proves to be a good sport. In the end, all the children are friends.
Collection item number 213411

Kassel, David
Moyshe’les kinderyorn
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc204459
Warsaw: 1921 (114 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The adventures of a young boy. Two volumes bound in one book.
Collection item number 204459

Kassil, Lev Abramovich
Shvambranye
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Moscow: 1934 (245 pages)
Translated by Buzi Olievski
May be suitable for advanced
A novel. The type is light and difficult to read in some passages.
Collection item number 213414

Katz, Abraham Morris
Di emese khasene
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc208122
New York: Medines Yidish, 1964 (160 pages)
Illustrated by Isac Friedlander
May be suitable for intermediate
Poetry and dramatic scenes.
Collection item number 208122

Katz, Abraham Morris
Fun alef biz tof
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New York: Alef, 1939 (32 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
Teaches the Yiddish/Hebrew alphabet using short, rhyming quatrains. Attractively printed and illustrated with simple black-and-white drawings; followed by four humorous poems containing concealed letters. Shows anti-hasidic bias toward the end.

Katz, Abraham Morris
Kholem aleykhem
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New York: Medines Yidish, 1958 (160 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
This is a book of rhyming poems of varying subjects, such as “The Seeker of Beauty,” “The Sad Cow,”and “The Mechanical Bird.” The last forty-one pages are devoted to a fantasy play (which could be performed) in rhyme. This is for advanced readers or adults, since there are a number of Hebrew words and references to the Bible. In addition, the author appears to have invented many words (poetic license). The atmosphere of the play is amusing and thoughtful. The play is about a rabbi who falls asleep and his pupils enter his dream to save him.
Collection item number 208123

Katz, Abraham Morris
Dos telerl fun himl
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New York: Matones, 1934 (30 pages)
Illustrated by Yosl Kotler
May be suitable for advanced
A “telerl fun himl” (plate from heaven) is the ultimate luxury and everyone’s ultimate desire is to reach it. In this poem, humanity is besieged by hunger, and the great goal is to eradicate it. Two ideological ideas are cleverly disguised, suggesting the road by which to reach “the plate from heaven.” The illustrations are highly suggestive, and help the reader to interpret the hidden ideas.
Collection item number 208127

Katz, Abraham Morris
Tsvey shpiln un a mayse: Gut morgn, Alef; Purim-shpil un Yosele
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New York: 1950 (64 pages)
beginner, intermediate
Two very brief post-Holocaust plays and one short story. The first play, an abstract drama about the Hebrew alphabet trying to reconstitute itself in 1946, was performed in German camps for displaced persons. Although the language is simple, often using rhymed couplets, the content probably makes this book a poor choice for children.
Collection item number 208128

Katz, Benjamin
Shikhelekh in kholem
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New York: 1940 (16 pages)
Illustrated by Nota Koslowsky
May be suitable for intermediate
Rhymed verse. Themes include children, animals, and peasants. Other poems are political, decrying war, memorializing Sacco and Vanzetti, and extolling the unity and movements of workers.
Collection item number 204488

Katz, Esther
Mariks kholem
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New York: Yungvarg, 1953 (160 pages)
Illustrated by Zuni Maud
May be suitable for beginner
A collection of lighthearted stories and poems for children. Includes a series recounting the adventures of Marik, who flies in a plane, travels the world, etc.
Collection item number 208129

Kharik, Izi
Broyt
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Moscow: 1930 (32 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Excerpts of Kharik’s famous poem, set to music by S. Polonski. The excerpts are selected to form a coherent musical presentation. The music is scored for voice and piano.
Collection item number 213420

Khorol, Dvoyre
Harbst
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc211047
Moscow: Emes, 1938 (14 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
Very simple rhymed verse. It’s fall, and the autumn rains are pouring down. It’s cold and miserable outside, but it’s warm and cheery inside, where Mother and Aunt are putting up vegetables and fruit in barrels to get ready for the winter.
Collection item number 211047

Khorol, Dvoyre
Der komar
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Moscow: 1937 (13 pages)
Illustrated by V. Korasova
May be suitable for beginner
Two simple rhymed poems. A boy and his horse do battle with a pesky gnat. A child watches and plays with an ant, and is filled with wonder at the amazing things this tiny creature can do.
Collection item number 213429

Khorol, Dvoyre
Vinter
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Moscow: 1938 (10 pages)
Illustrated by R. Kovarskaya
May be suitable for beginner
It’s winter, and a peasant drives a hay- laden sled through the snow. The children run behind and play with the fallen hay. They pile it, they roll in it, they throw it at each other. And where there’s not enough hay to play with, there’s enough snow to do the trick. Most of the illustrations are too dark to be fully visible.
Collection item number 213430

Kiel, Chanan
In ale farbn
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc209881
Pittsburgh: 1971 (32 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
This volume contains forty-five pieces of rhymed verse—lider, Yiddish verse meant to be sung. Music is provided for only one poem, but the rhyme and meter of each piece, as well as its brevity, make the poems natural for reading aloud. The topics concern mostly Jewish holidays and biblical topics; several poems concern Holocaust themes.
Collection item number 209881

Kipling, Rudyard
Kotuko
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213434
Vilna: 1924 (14 pages)
intermediate,advanced
A story about the adventures of Eskimos.
Collection item number 213434

Kipling, Rudyard
Riki-Tiki-Tavi
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213435
Kiev: 1924 (14 pages)
Translated by H. Lyumkis, illustrated by M. Epstein
May be suitable for intermediate
Kipling’s tale of the Indian mongoose, translated into Yiddish.
Collection item number 213435

Kipnis, Itzik
Buru-muru
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213442
Kharkov: 1935 (17 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
Five relatively simple short stories about children and animals.
Collection item number 213442

Kipnis, Itzik
Dertseylungen un mayses
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213443
Kiev: 1940 (174 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Almost thirty short stories.
Collection item number 213443

Kipnis, Itzik
Dodl un Shay-Khali
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213444
Moscow: 1930 (13 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A story in verse. In Kiev live many Armenians, and they’re an interesting group of people. Dodl lives in a neighborhood where Armenians, Jews, and many others live together. Dodl has a drum. His Armenian friend Shay-Khali makes a flag. The two of them lead an impromptu parade through Kiev that is a wonderful event. There are a few Russian phrases that appear in the Cyrillic alphabet.
Collection item number 213444

Kipnis, Itzik
Der ershter trot
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213446
Kiev: 1939 (47 pages)
Intermediate, advanced
Nine short stories.
Collection item number 213446

Kipnis, Itzik
Far di kleyne kindersvegn
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Moscow: 1940 (42 pages)
Illustrated by I. Betkov
May be suitable for intermediate
Ten short stories.
Collection item number 213447

Kipnis, Itzik
Di farshterte khasene
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Kiev: Kultur-lige, 1924 (18 pages)
Illustrated by M. Epstein
May be suitable for intermediate
A one-act play.
Collection item number 213448

Kipnis, Itzik
Freyd
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213449
Minsk: Melukhe farlag fun Vaysrusland, Natssekter, 1935 (87 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Fourteen short stories.
Collection item number 213449

Kipnis, Itzik
Hoyf-khaverim
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc202677
Kiev: Kultur-lige, 1923 (10 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
A young boy named Motele has three friends, a cat, a pig, and a dog. They have a series of adventures. They begin by playing in the mud. They then climb into a wagon, and find themselves dropped off near a strange church. A classmate’s mother rescues Motele and buys him new clothes. When he arrives home, his own mother hardly recognizes him.
Collection item number 202677

Kipnis, Itzik
Mayses un dertseylungen
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213450
Kharkov: Melukhe-farlag fun Ukraine, 1929 (328 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A thick collection of short stories.
Collection item number 213450

Kipnis, Itzik
Ot ver iz mir haynt gefeln
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213452
Minsk: 1930 (41 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Three poems. “Ver iz mir haynt gefeln” discusses the travails of the widow Malanye, caught in the war between Denikin and the Germans. In “Royter hon,” our red rooster is the pride of our home. In “Hobn mir a kuele,” our little cow is very important to us because of all the wonderful things we do with her milk. Also includes a very short play, “Rekekeks,” in which a very important frog, and all her followers, croak on their pads in chorus and have encounters with a dog and a little boy. There is much clever and charming “dialogue” representing croaking and barking.
Collection item number 213452

Kipnis, Itzik
Rusishe mayselekh
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213453
Kiev: 1924 (50 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Eight Russian tales, in which animals as well as people play leading roles.
Collection item number 213453

Kipnis, Itzik
Shtendik greyt
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213455
Moscow: Tsentraler felker farlag, 1930 (26 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A long rhyming poem about Fayvl, a Jewish youth in a small town. Life is hard because of the czar. Fayvl becomes aware of the mass discontent and is drawn into the tumult of revolution in Minsk.
Collection item number 213455

Kipnis, Itzik
S’kert zikh a velt
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213454
Minsk: 1929 (44 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A four-act play.
Collection item number 213454

Kipnis, Itzik
Tateshi, tateshi
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213456
Minsk: Vaysruslendisher melukhe-farlag, 1929 (49 pages)
Intermediate, advanced
Seven short stories. The title story is a rendering of a Ukrainian tale.
Collection item number 213456

Kipnis, Itzik
Undzer meydele Lane
Kiev: Kultur lige, 1929 (35 pages)
Illustrated by H. Reznikov
May be suitable for intermediate
Lane lives in a small town in the country. She has a number of adventures. Some are small, but she has a close call when out and about in the winter. All is well in the end, though.
Collection item number 213457

Kipnis, Levin
Untern teytlboym
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc200027
New York: Matones, 1961 (160 pages)
Illustrated by Isa
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of short stories, the first half on Jewish holiday themes. The holidays include Rosheshone (but not Yomkiper), the three festivals, Khanike, Purim, Lag B’Omer, Yom Ha-atzmaut, and Tu B’shvat. The stories are set in Israel.
Collection item number 200027

Kipnis, Itzik
Zelik der radist
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213458
Moscow: Emes, 1933 (72 pages)
Illustrated by Roytman
May be suitable for intermediate
Six short stories.
Collection item number 213458

Kopeloff, Isidore
Amolike yorn: iberlebungen fun a idish ingl in der alter heym
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc200332
New York: Matones, 1931 (208 pages)
Illustrated by Todres Geler
Intermediate, advanced
Kopeloff’s memoirs of childhood in Lithuania and immigration to the United States. Difficult words are defined at the bottom of each page.
Collection item number 200332

Kopilenko, A.
In vald
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213460
Kiev: 1937 (49 pages)
Translated by I. K-S.
May be suitable for intermediate
Ten short stories of adventures in the forest, involving animals and humans.
Collection item number 213460

Kordelya
Der vunderbarg
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213462
Vilna: 1927 (29 pages)
Translated by S. Bastomsky
May be suitable for intermediate
A morality tale involving a harsh king who rules over an Indian kingdom, and his daughter the princess who wishes him to forgive his nephew.
Collection item number 213462

Korolenko, Vladimir Galaktionovich
Keler-kinder
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213464
Kiev: 1927 (39 pages)
Translated by L. D.
Intermediate, advanced
A moderately long story. The text on the last page is barely legible.
Collection item number 213464

Koverin, V.
Der shtroys fome
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213465
Kharkov: 1935 (34 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
A young boy hates animals, but when the grassland catches fire, he rides to safety on an ostrich. In the end, his view of animals is different.
Collection item number 213465

Kravchenko, A. G.
Vayse hersher un kolirter shklafn
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213466
Moscow: 1929 (148 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A text on capitalist exploitation, including colonialism and slavery, adapted for use in Jewish schools. The text examines the history and methods of Western subjugation of the rest of the world, and then examines the example that the Soviet Union sets for the oppressed.
Collection item number 213466

Kreplak, Jacob
Der Rozshinkes mit mandlen: maysele’lekh far idishe kinder
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213467
New York: 1929 (29 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Three short stories: “Der foygl-khaper,” “A mame,” and “A geshleg.” The stories all appear in Kreplak’s larger story collection Yungvarg.
Collection item number 213467

Kreplak, Jacob
Shvarts un vays
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc209993
New York: Arbeter Ring, 1939 (46 pages)
Illustrated by Leah Port
May be suitable for intermediate
A tale of two young friends, one black and one white. The boys live in New York, where even children sort themselves out by “kind.” Racial and ethnic prejudices present many challenges to the boys’ relationship.
Collection item number 209993

Kreplak, Jacob
Toybn
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc204323
New York: Matones, 1928 (32 pages)
intermediate,advanced
A long story about two young boys and their pet pigeons.
Collection item number 204323

Kreplak, Jacob
Yungvarg
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc209988
New York: Matones, 1935 (192 pages)
Illustrated by Nota Koslowsky
May be suitable for intermediate
Short stories about America and the Old Country, followed by retold legends. These readable narratives for teenagers range from life in the Lower East Side to the shtetl. A good choice for young readers.
Collection item number 209988

Krukman, H.
Khanike
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc203931
New York: Yidishn fraternaln folks-ordn, 19– (23 pages)
Illustrated by H. Krukman
May be suitable for intermediate
Dovid and Yehudis love Khanike the best of all the holidays. They learn from their father the story of Khanike and its signifi- cance as a celebration of freedom.
Collection item number 203931

Krylov, Ivan Andreevich
Krilovs mesholim
Bialystok: A. Albek, 1921, 2 v. in 1.
Translated by Peysekh Kaplan
Intermediate, advanced
A collection of animal fables. The fables are of the Aesop style, moralistic stories in the form of poems. Some are divided, with a preface and then the fable.
Collection item number 209758

Kulbak, Moyshe
Der vint, vos iz geven in kas
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213470
Vilna: 1921 (14 pages)
Illustrated by Zuni Maud
May be suitable for intermediate
An old, tired wind looks for a place to spend the winter, but is not made welcome anywhere. Saddened and enraged, he begins to blow and blow, until he has cre- ated a blizzard the likes of which has never been seen. Nothing will soothe him, until finally a poor widow braves the elements to ask the wind to think of how the children are feeling. The wind relents, and the next day all the children can go outside to play.
Collection item number 213470

Kulitshenko, V.
Hari Ayzman
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213471
Kharkov: 1933 (23 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A tale for pioneer youth of the Ukraine of their pioneering comrade Harry Eisman from America.
Collection item number 213471

Kuprin, Aleksandr Ivanovich
Shloyme hameylekhs mishpet
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213472
Kiev: 19– (11 pages)
Translated by D. Royber
May be suitable for intermediate
The story of King Solomon’s wise judgement. Translated from Russian.
Collection item number 213472

Kuprin, Aleksandr Ivanovich
Der vayser pudel
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213473
Kiev: 1926 (52 pages)
Translated by Itsik Kipnis
May be suitable for intermediate
Arto the white poodle belongs to a wandering troupe of performers, and is involved in dramatic situations as the troupe travels. A very short novel.
Collection item number 213473

Kushnirov, Aaron
Havrik
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213474
Moscow: Shul un bukh, 1928 (16 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
In Moscow, a group of street urchins use a big abandoned barrel for shelter. A little boy named Havrik is one of the gang’s number. When he demurs at following a tough, new leader, he is ostracized. Fortunately, he encounters a group of youth pioneers, who show him how good life is in their movement, with food to eat, and a place to lay one’s head, and school, and games, and Comrade Lenin to watch over them. In the end, Havrik decides to join the pioneer youth, but first tries to talk the gang of street urchins into following him. What will be, as Havrik leaves for his new life? The author promises to tell in another volume.
Collection item number 213474

Kvitko, Leib
Akh, az ikh vel oysvaksn!
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213475
Odessa: 19– (10 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
A poem in rhymed verse about a child’s vision of growing up. His older siblings may be pilots, weavers, writers, or students, but he, the youngest, loves horses and wants to grow up to be in the cavalry (of the Red Army).
Collection item number 213475

Kvitko, Leib
Alefbeys
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213476
Moscow: Emes, 1947 (45 pages)
Illustrated by Mikhail Ya
May be suitable for beginner
Rhymed verse for each letter of the alphabet, in which each line begins with that particular letter. The poetry is quite engaging. It includes vocabulary that might be unfamiliar to contemporary beginners. Also, since the text follows Soviet-style Yiddish orthography, the book may be confusing to contemporary beginners.
Collection item number 213476

Kvitko, Leib
Ayzikl oyf der rayze
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213477
Kharkov: Tsentrfarlag, 1928? (11 pages)
Illustrated by R. Tsherniak
May be suitable for intermediate
Ayzikl imagines to his dog Tekl how we would travel by coach, tram, bike, car, train, rowboat, motorboat, big ship, balloon, and airplane. Is he imagining or is he dreaming? The text on the last page is difficult to read.
Collection item number 213477

Kvitko, Leib
Bertshik
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc211066
Moscow: Tsentrfarlag, 1927 (14 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
This sad story is an ode to a dog named Bertshik. A young boy recounts the adventures of his beloved dog. The dog is mischievous and is scorned by the boy’s mother until one night he chases thieves out of their house. Unfortunately, the townsfolk think the dog is rabid, and they stone the dog and it dies.
Collection item number 211066

Kvitko, Leib
Di Bobe Shlak un ir kabak
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213478
Kharkov: 1928 (6 pages)
Illustrated by Georg Fisher
May be suitable for beginner
In her garden, Bobe Shlak grows the largest pumpkin anyone’s ever seen. She could bake it, or make knishes out of it, if only she could carry it indoors. Zeyde rolls up his sleeves and tries, to no avail. Along comes a band of young rascals, one of whom knows what to do: he chops the pumpkin to bits with an axe. Everybody lends a hand carrying the bits and pieces inside, where Bobe Shlak bakes knishes. After all this, alas, the knishes aren’t tasty. They’re not tasty for people, that is: the hogs will never forget the pumpkin knishes that they ate for the entire next year! Rhymed verse.
Collection item number 213478

Kvitko, Leib
Bobetsi Blumtsi
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213479
Kharkov: 1936 (12 pages)
Illustrated by V. Nievski
May be suitable for beginner
Who helps with planting and harvesting, milking the cows, cleaning the barn, and all the other important work? The Bobetsi Blumtsi! Simple rhymed verse. Amply illustrated, but some of the illustrations are very dark.
Collection item number 213479

Kvitko, Leib
Buts un di sanitarn
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Odessa: 1935 (12 pages)
Illustrated by B. Fridkin
May be suitable for intermediate
Young Buts is quite the rascal. Books? Baths? Nope. Good things to eat? Yup—and right away! Finally, the sanitary workers come for him and give him a bath. It isn’t easy, but at the end Buts enjoys being clean—and he’s ready for his next meal. Rhymed verse. Though the language is simple, some vocabulary will be unfamiliar to contemporary beginning students.
Collection item number 213480

Kvitko, Leib
Far di kindersvegn
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213482
Moscow: Emes, 1935 (100 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Rhymed verse. Poems on a variety of themes. Most poems are about play, nature, animals, and other typical children’s literature themes. Several of the poems express political sentiments typical to the Stalinist era in the Soviet Union.
Collection item number 213482

Kvitko, Leib
Dos ferdl fun baynakht
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213483
Warsaw: Kinder fraynd, 1936 (16 pages)
Edited by L. Halpern
May be suitable for intermediate
Whimsical rhyming verse. Most of the poems are about birds and beasts. In one, “Shprakhn,” Yoshe listens to the noises of household objects, such as benches and silverware, when in use, and muses that they are trying to speak.
Collection item number 213483

Kvitko, Leib
Dos fidele
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213484
Kharkov: 1928 (14 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
From the sides of a box and ribbons of string I make a fiddle. And what a fiddle it is! The bees, cats, colts, chickens, woodpeckers, and all the other animals drop what they’re doing to listen to my music!
Collection item number 213484

Kvitko, Leib
Der groyser knish
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213485
Kovno: 1921 (16 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Rhymed verse about light-hearted topics such as knishes, orchards, and rain puddles.
Collection item number 213485

Kvitko, Leib
Dos ketsele
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213487
Odessa: 1935 (10 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
A young child loves his little cat, who has many adventures. He and the cat have great fun together. Rhymed verse.
Collection item number 213487

Kvitko, Leib
Kinderplats
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213489
Kharkov: 1928 (4 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
It’s summer and hot in the city. The children pack their belongings and pets, and travel to the woods for summer enjoyment. Rhymed verse.
Collection item number 213489

Kvitko, leib
Kinder-shafung
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213488
Odessa: 1935 (70 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
An anthology of poetry by schoolchildren on themes of school, play, agriculture, and labor.
Collection item number 213488

Kvitko, Leib
Lemls matones
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc201656
Warsaw: Yidish bukh, 1964 (46 pages)
Illustrated by R. Khvoles
Intermediate, advanced
A collection of rhymed verse on themes suitable for children.
Collection item number 201656

Kvitko, Leib
Lidelekh
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213491
Warsaw: 191– (16 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Short poems for children. The first poem is illegible because of faint print.
Collection item number 213491

Kvitko, Leib
Mashines
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213492
Kiev: 1935 (16 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
Simple rhymed verse about machinery and factories. Told from a child’s point of view, the verse expresses a child’s wonder at the workings of machines, and at the manner in which industry toils unceasingly no matter the season, no matter the weather.
Collection item number 213492

Kvitko, Leib
Royte armey
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213494
Moscow: Emes, 1938 (39 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Extremely lyrical, well-crafted rhymed verse in praise of the Red Army and the desires of loyal youth to grow up strong and serve under Stalin and Voroshilov.
Collection item number 213494

Kvitko, Leib
Dos shtibele
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Kharkov: Tsentrfarlag, 1928 (10 pages)
Illustrated by G. Din
May be suitable for beginner
Six animals make their home in a clay pot. When a bear tries to force them out, they rally their courage and fight for their home.
Collection item number 213495

Kvitko, Leib
Tsen mayses
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213496
Moscow: Emes, 1937 (68 pages)
Illustrated by Aleksander Korotkin
May be suitable for intermediate
Ten tales in verse, about children and animals.
Collection item number 213496

Kvitko, Leib
A tsig mit zibn tsigelekh
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213497
Kharkov: Tsentrfarlag, 1928 (10 pages)
Illustrated by A. Sudamara
May be suitable for beginner
Papa and Mama Goat live in their little goat-house with their seven kids. Six are beautiful, but the seventh—a mieskayt. After Papa Goat dies, Mama Goat has to leave the kids at the home while she forages for food. The clever bear tries to entice the kids into opening the door, and only the ugly kid is clever enough to recognize his ruse. When finally the bear entices the six pretty kids into opening the door, the ugly kid is clever enough to trail him to his lair. When Mama Goat returns, she and the ugly kid lay a trap for the bear and rescue the other six kids. And they all live happily ever after!
Collection item number 213497

Kvitko, Leib
Tsvey khaveyrim
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc210963
Moscow: Emes, 1933 (186 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Tales of the two friends Liam and Patrick. This edition of the text is abridged for use in school. There is a brief introductory essay about the author by L. Vortman.
Collection item number 210963

Kvitko, Leib
Vemes iz es meydele?
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213500
Moscow: Emes, 1940 (11 pages)
Illustrated by M. Poliakov
May be suitable for intermediate
It’s summer, and all the mothers and children take the train to the countryside for vacation. In the tumult, a little girl is left behind at the station. Who is she? Whose is she? She’s too confused and bashful to speak to the crowd that wants to help her. Finally, she sees a familiar face that comforts her—it’s Stalin’s portrait on the wall. Then all is well, and she is ready to befriend the helpful crowd, who waits with her until her mother comes for her. The tale is charmingly told in an interesting mix of prose and poetry, and is well worth reading because of this. The dramatic resolution of the little girl’s plight hinges on the image of Stalin as omnipresent fatherly protector, though, which makes the book a vivid reminder of a sad period in Jewish life.
Collection item number 213500

Kvitko,Leib
Vi Mikhas hot zikh oysgebodn
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213183
Moscow: 1940 (16 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
Michasik, the little peasant boy, swims in the pond belonging to the Polish noble. The noble’s watchman pulls Michasik out and beats him in punishment, until Michasik dies. The peasants have no hope of justice—until Stalin and the Red Army come to overthrow the Polish aristocracy. Rhymed verse.
Collection item number 213183

Kvitko, Leib
Vinter-lider
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213501
Kharkov: Melukhe farlag, 1935 (19 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
Lighthearted rhymed verse about winter. Some examples: it’s fun to play with frost-frozen laundry; sledding is fun even when you fall off; a bear is overjoyed at the snowfall, knowing it’s time for a long, warm sleep.
Collection item number 213501

Kvitko, Leib
Yontev
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213502
Moscow: Emes, 1935 (11 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
Two rhymed poems. In the first, children at a holiday parade watch parading workers, soldiers, and fliers in airplanes, and can’t decide which they want to be. In the second, sailors of the Red Fleet tell children of their heroic mission to serve and protect.
Collection item number 213502

Kvitko, Leib
Dos zshukl
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213503a/kvitko-leib-dos-zshukl
Kharkov: Tsentrvidov, 1928 (6 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
It’s raining and pouring, and everybody is inside. A beetle makes his way through the town, braving the torrents of water everywhere. Finally, he finds a hole in the wall of the baker’s house and crawls in out of the rain, where the baker’s three children rescue him and set him free. Simple rhymed verse. Hebrew/Aramaic words are spelled phonetically.
Collection item number 213503

Kvitko, Leib
Zumer
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213504
Moscow: Emes, 1941 (15 pages)
Beginner, intermediate
Three very engaging poems in rhyme: Who knows how to make a flute? I do! When I play my flute, I can call the grasshoppers and little flies! Look, all the children make flutes and make music until even the grass shakes! Look at all the juicy fruit in the orchard. The trees invite the children to come eat, and the children don’t have to wait long, because there’s plenty of luscious fruit fallen on the grass. Who’s responsible for the wonderful treat? The gardeners! They tend the trees with skill and care, until the trees are bursting with fruit just ready for eating. Oh, there’s an abundance in the land! Look at all the carriages! On highways and byways, the carriages are loaded with all kinds of good things from farm and field, and they bring the good things to the trains and ships.
Collection item number 213504

Lasavin, L.
Tsu der zun
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc208159
Warsaw: Kultur-lige, 1936 (123 pages)
Illustrated by Nota Koslowsky
May be suitable for intermediate
This is a collection of ten short stories which deal with social themes and character building – e.g., relationships between parents and children, justice and injustice (lynching), reward and punishment, heroism and laziness. There is an alphabetical glossary (Yiddish/ Yiddish) at the end of the book.
Collection item number 208159

Lasavsky, Oles
A shpatsir ibern himl
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213505
Kharkov: Tsentrfarlag alukraynishe opteylung, 1923 (37 pages)
Edited by Barabashev, translated by M. P.
May be suitable for intermediate
Avreml makes his own telescope to study the heavens. He and his friends learn astronomy for fun and in class. Basic astronomy taught in the form of a children’s story.
Collection item number 213505

Lebedyev, N. K.
Di arkhangelsker Robinzonen
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213507
Moscow: 1935 (30 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
A “Robinson” is a person stranded alone in an unfamiliar environment. The original Robinson was of course Robinson Crusoe, but this book tells the true story of four hunters, stranded alone for six years on an icy isle in the far north. Russians have travelled for hundreds of years in the polar north, where it is cold and icy all year round—the first part of the book describes this. The book proceeds to tell of the travails of the stranded hunters and of their eventual rescue.
Collection item number 213507

Lee, Malka
Mayselekh far Yoselen
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc200205
Tel-Aviv: Y. L. Peretz, 1969 (105 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of short stories.
Collection item number 200205

Lermontov, Mikhail Iur’evich
Mtsiri
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc200838
Odessa: 1937 (38 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A long poem, in rhymed verse, about an acolyte in a Georgian monastery.
Collection item number 200838

Leskov, Nikolai Semenovich
Di khaye
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc201218
Kiev: 1929 (37 pages)
Translated by Dina Libkes
intermediate,advanced
A story by the 19-century Russian writer Nikolai Leskov.
Collection item number 201218

Levin, Ali
A modne meydl fun Bruklin; Girigumbal der Groyser(a mayse vos lozt zikh koym gloybn)
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc210021
Tel-Aviv: Y. L. Peretz, 1973 (193 pages)
Intermediate, advanced
Two long stories.
Collection item number 210021

Levin, Ali
Vinkavinkele: mayselekh in gramen
Chicago: Tseshinsky, 1935 (61 pages)
Illustrated by Nota Koslowsky
May be suitable for intermediate
Eight whimsical tales told in rhymed verse. Several of the poems could be read by relative beginners; others would be more suitable for students with more knowledge of Yiddish.
Collection item number 202018

Levin, Ali
Yung un yinger: lider un mayselekh in gramen
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc210020
Tel Aviv: Peretz, 1970 (173 pages)
Intermediate, advanced
Book of poems, designed as reading material for Yiddish school classes. Light, entertaining verses on diverse subjects, written to be suitable for recitations, songs, and dramatizations. One notable longer poem titled “My Teacher, I. L. Peretz” tells of the poet’s creative process.
Collection item number 210020

Levin, Chane
Af der zuniker zayt
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc203638
Kharkov: 1936 (30 pages)
Illustrated by V. Nevskii
May be suitable for beginner
A collection of charming and simple rhymed verse. Most are about the spirited adventures of young children (one of these describes a young girl celebrating the first of May, though none of the others have this kind of political theme).
Collection item number 203638

Levin, Chane
In a guter sho
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc204234
Kiev: 1940 (99 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of rhymed verse and several stories. Predominant themes are of nature, family, animals, and children. Some of the poems are very simple.
Collection item number 204234

Levin, Chane
A maysele vegn a feld-gandz, a lerkhe un a soslik
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc204235
Odessa: Kinder farlag bam, Ts.K.L.K.Y.P.U., 1937 (19 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Two birds and a critter go about their business in the field, but interact, discuss, and dispute as if they were people. The print is difficult to read in some passages. Some of the illustrations are too dark to see clearly.
Collection item number 204235

Levin, Chane
Vilyenke un Maye
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc204237
Warsaw: 1937 (16 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Three rhymed poems: “Vilyenk un Maye,” about two children, each with a dog (one real, one wooden); “Der zshuk,” about beetles; and “Nisht ikh,” narrated by a little boy who didn’t do it (whatever “it” is).
Collection item number 204237

Levin, Moyshe
A denkmol baym taykhl
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc204245
Warsaw: Kinder-fraynd, 1937 (16 pages)
Intermediate, advanced
The story of a monument in Vilna to Mieczyslaw Dordzshik, a twelve-year-old hero who died trying to save a drowning boy during a great flood in April 1931.
Collection item number 204245

Levin, Moyshe
Der vazon
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc204246
Warsaw: 1938 (15 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The flowerpot (vazon) is Mother’s prized possession in the cellar room, because it reminds her of the town she came from. Little boy Polke loves it also. But in the home of a poor cobbler, the flowerpot can’t sit on the window because it blocks all the light, so it has to be on the floor, where the plant withers from the dark and the cold. Polke follows the flowerpot to the land of the withered plants, where his beloved flowerpot tells him a secret about how all the plants look out for the poor children.
Collection item number 204246

Levin, Yaakov
Mayses un legendes fun der idisher geshikhte
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc208354
New York: Idishe shul, 1928
May be suitable for intermediate
Bible tales in straightforward Yiddish. Hebrew names are spelled using Hebrew orthography, but pronunciation is given following each name. 3 volumes.
Collection item number 208354

Levin, Yaakov
Der onfanger: lerbukh tsu lernen kinder leyenen un shrayben Idish
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc208349
New York: Farlag “Idishe Shul,” 1922–1925
Intermediate, advanced
This six-volume language primer aims to teach Yiddish-speaking children to read. Volumes 1 and 2 focus on the alphabet (letters are not presented alphabetically, but lessons are grouped and cumulative of letters learned); some text is in block and cursive script. Volume 3 focuses on Hebrew words used in Yiddish. Volumes 4 through 6 contain progressively more difficult and longer reading selections (short stories, fables, and poems). None of the volumes contain exercises. Only the first three volumes include a foreword addressed to the teacher, explaining the nature of the text.
Collection item number 208349

Levin, Yaakov
Di naye idishe shul: a lehrbukh for Idish-onfanger
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc208343
New York: Hebrew Publishing Company, 1926
May be suitable for beginner
This language primer begins with the alphabet and progresses to page-long prose narratives. Grammar is not explained in great detail. Some of the narratives are quite heymish and charming, based upon everyday scenarios that would have been familiar to younger children. In the latter part of the book, many of the readings are straightforward Yiddish translations of familiar Bible stories.
Collection item number 208343

Liebert, Sarah L.
Mirele un ire fraynd: un andere mayses
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc203457
New York: I. V. Biderman, 1952 (79 pages)
Illustrated by Mashe Fisher
May be suitable for beginner
This is a collection of fourteen short stories. The first seven deal with Mirele. The setting is rural and emphasizes Mirele’s kindness toward the animals on her farm and loyalty to her friend. The other seven stories reflect their urban setting and cover a variety of themes designed to strengthen children’s values, i.e. empathy, loyalty, pride in Jewish culture. It lacks a glossary. It lends itself to bedtime stories or to young children listening to the teacher.
Collection item number 203457

Liebert, Sarah L.
Vort un bild: dos ershte bukh
http://www.archive.org/details/nybc208205
New York: Matones, 1933– (78 pages)
Illustrated by Nota Koslowsky
May be suitable for beginner
A book of verse, stories, jokes, riddles, and word and picture exercises intended to enliven a beginning Yiddish class.
Collection item number 208205

Lifshits, Y. Y.
Unzer bukh: a ler-bukh far Idish: ershter teyl
http://www.archive.org/details/nybc205502
Brooklyn: Merkaz le’inyene hinkukh, 1946 (64 pages)
Beginner, intermediate
A language primer. Basic reading skills are taught, which leads to reading assignments. Reading material is on religious topics, including the Jewish holidays and biblical tales.
Collection item number 205502

Limone, M.
30 lider far kinder
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc205842
Minsk: 1928 (28 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Thirty children’s songs, complete with music, intended for kindergarten and early elementary grades. Some of the songs are translated from Russian. Many of the songs celebrate elements of Soviet life, but many others are about more general child-related themes.
Collection item number 205842

Linkov, Mikhas
Vegn dem dreystn kemfer Berele unzayn voyle khaveyrim
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc206275
Minsk: 1938 (70 pages)
Translated by L. Katsovitsh
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
An intrepid little bear lends his efforts to the Red Army.
Collection item number 206275

Liptsin, Sem
Far kleyn un groys
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc208282
New York: 1957 (63 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Rhymed verse. These lighthearted poems appear in both Yiddish and transliteration. The poems are about children, celebrating their activities and accomplishments. Though not strictly written for children, they could be read and enjoyed by children, both because the language is relatively uncomplicated and because the themes would be so familiar.
Collection item number 208282

Liptsin, Sem
Shpil tsum tsil
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc208309
New York: Amkho, 1949 (144 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
A collection of humorous and entertaining short stories, monologues, and children’s poems. Most stories are about adjustment to America, sweatshop life, and family relationships. In the story “One Cannot Hide,” Hymie tries to find some privacy on the subway. He hides behind a newspaper but is recognized by an acquaintance who gives him no peace. He suggests making private cubicles for subway riders to avoid inter- ference. The stories have a timeless flavor and are still entertaining.
Collection item number 208309

Lis, Kalmen
Kind un rind
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc207298
Warsaw: Shvalbn, 1936 (78 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Simple rhymed poems on a variety of topics. Some of the poems are quite short, and would thus be manageable for beginning students. Hebrew and Aramaic words are spelled phonetically.
Collection item number 207298

Lissitsky, El
Khad gadyo
Warsaw: 1923 (32 pages)
Illustrated by El Lissitsky
May be suitable for intermediate
A Yiddish translation of the Passover song. Original Aramaic lyrics are included. This book is famous because of the daring art work.
Collection item number 207785

Litman
Feter simkhes shpaserayen: kinder mayses
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc202167
Buenos Aires: L. Geltman, 1936 (126 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of short stories. A brief glossary of Spanish terms appears at the end of the book.
Collection item number 202167

Litman
Forshtelungen
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc207786
Warsaw: 1937 (31 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Three short plays. “Der fridn,” by Alberta Laran de Vera, and adapted from the Spanish original; “Papirene feygl” and “Di foyle shilerin,” adapted from Spanish. Hebrew and Aramaic words are spelled phonetically.
Collection item number 207786

Litman
Fun ale zibn zakhn
Buenos Aires: 1933 (109 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of short stories. Most of the stories are about children’s antics and about animals.
Collection item number 208686

Litman
A likhtike velt
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc209794
Buenos Aires: 1935 (109 pages)
Illustrated by A. Litman
May be suitable for intermediate
Thirty-one stories, many of them just a few pages long.
Collection item number 209794

Litman
Mayne heldn
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc210785
Buenos Aires: 1944 (142 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A collection of short stories and several very short plays.
Collection item number 210785

Litman
Mayselekh
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc210916
Warsaw: Kinder-fraynd, 1936 (16 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Three short stories. “A meydele in brivkestel”: an absent-minded father puts his daughter into the mailbox rather than the letter, and the little girl travels far and wide before returning home. “Der shtrayk fun di faygl”: a bird escapes from a cage and rallies all the other birds to refrain from singing (and thus bringing the spring) until the people agree to cage no more birds. “In khine lakht der keyser”: the Chinese emperor forbids his subjects to cry and laugh, and after his death his heir finds that his subjects don’t know how to do either.
Collection item number 210916

Litvak, M.
Dos farblondzshete meydele
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc211049
Vilna: 19– (8 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A short play for six parts and a chorus. A wonderful little girl is lost in the woods, but the birds, trees, and angels look out for her until she is rescued. A musical score is included.
Collection item number 211049

Litvinov, F.
In feld un vald
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc211463
Moscow: 1930 (58 pages)
F. Litvinov and S. Rakhmanin
May be suitable for intermediate
Tales of the doings of plants and animals in the wild.
Collection item number 211463

London, Jack
Farshtraykt
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc211166
Vilna: Naye Yidishe folks-shul, 1930 (13 pages)
Translated by S. (Solomon) Bastomski
Intermediate, advanced
A London short story. The type is light and difficult to read in some passages.
Collection item number 211166

Loti, Pyer
Der tsar fun an altn katorzshnik
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc211168
Vilna: 1923 (8 pages)
Translated by Solomon Bastomski
Intermediate, advanced
A sad tale of an old sailor, whose only comfort was a pet bird, and of the bird’s tragic fate.
Collection item number 211168

Lunsky, Ide
Dertseylungen vegn vilde mentshn
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc211173
Vilna: 1922 (55 pages)
Intermediate, advanced
Tales of “exotic” peoples (tribal groups of Africa, Australia, and the Arctic) adapted into Yiddish.
Collection item number 211173

Lurye, Note
Der letster ber
http://www.archive.org/details/nybc211188
Kiev: 1929 (34 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A play in fourteen short scenes, with prologue and epilogue.
Collection item number 211188

Lurye, Note
A libe bam yam
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc211193
Moscow: 1938 (31 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Two short stories: “A libe bam yam” and “Nit derkent….”
Collection item number 211193

Lurye, Note
Der step ruft: roman
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc210743
Moscow: Emes, 1932
May be suitable for advanced
A novel,adapted by the author for school use.
Collection item number 210743

Lvova, B.
4 mayselekh far kinder
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc211222
Bialystok: 1922 (34 pages)
Translated by Melech Ravitch
May be suitable for intermediate
Four stories: “Der koterl,” “Tsvey hint,” “Di veverke un di kro,” and “Di royz.”
Collection item number 211222

Lvovitsch, V.
Ven s’helft nit keyn harmatn
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc211223
Kharkov: 1931 (47 pages)
Translated by M. Sh.
Intermediate, advanced
This is a fictionalized account of the French and British occupation of the Ruhr Valley in 1923, which was justified by German nonpayment of World War I reparations according to the Treaty of Versailles. The text examines conflict between the French and Germans during the occupation and its aftermath, and is told from a very par- tisan Soviet point of view.
Collection item number 211223

Lyubtshenko, Arkady
Fun fintstern fodertsimer
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc211224
Kharkov: 1932 (32 pages)
Intermediate, advanced
A translation into Yiddish of a short story by a Ukrainian writer.
Collection item number 211224

Malamut, Y. L. (Yoel Leyb)
Amol iz geven a melekh
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc204504
Los Angeles: Zunland, 19– (10 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A king and queen lack for nothing save an heir. The king is a harsh ruler and severely punishes the doctors, astrologers, and sorcerers who are unable to help him have a child. It is only when a mysterious stranger comes from far away and confronts the king about his behavior, and the king repents to God, that his prayers for a child are rewarded.
Collection item number 204504

Malamut, Y. L. (Yoel Leyb)
Dos tsoyber shtekele/ Tsvey brider/Amol iz geven
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc211586
St. Louis: 19– (54 pages)
Illustrated by Isaac Lichtenstein
May be suitable for intermediate
Three short stories.
Collection item number 211586

Malot, Hector Henri
On a heym
Vilna: 1940 (151 pages)
Translated by Helene Chatskels
Intermediate, advanced
Translation of a French novel.
Collection item number 211590

Maltinski, Hayim
Af der vishke
Minsk: 1934 (39 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A four-act play about life in a pioneering agricultural settlement.
Collection item number 211248

Mamin-Sibiriak, D. N.
Dmitrii Narkisovich)Hanahles mayselakh
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc211786
Kiev: 1920 (18 pages)
Translated by D. Roykhl
May be suitable for beginner
A tale of a black raven and a canary.
Collection item number 211786

Mamin-Sibiriak, D. N.(Dmitrii Narkisovich)
Der heldisher hoz
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc211651
Odessa: 19– (14 pages)
Translated by H. R.
May be suitable for intermediate
A bunny rabbit in the woods tires of being a coward and proclaims newfound bravery. The rabbits gather around to laugh at his boasts. The tumult draws the attention of a wandering wolf, who decides that the boastful bunny will be the perfect entree for lunch. The boastful bunny panics, leaps in the air, lands on the wolf, springs off and flees, running until exhaustion. The wolf mistakes the bunny’s springing off his back for a bullet from a hunter and flees in the opposite direction. The other rabbits think that the boastful bunny has intentionally beaten the wolf off and saved all their lives. The rabbits search and find the boastful bunny cowering under a log and praise him to the heavens for his heroism, until even the boastful bunny himself is convinced of it.
Collection item number 211651

Mani-Leib
Vunder iber vunder: lider, baladn, mayselakh
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc200002
New York: 1930 (160 pages)
Illustrated by B. Kopman
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of Mani-Leib’s very lyrical poems for children, as well as an autobiographical story.
Collection item number 200002

Mani-Leib
Yingl Tsingl Khvat
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc212430
Warsaw: 1918 (12 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Yingl Tsingl Khvat (literally, “little boy, little tongue, bold man”) is a daring schoolboy who lives in a typical old- country shtetl. With the gift of a magic ring and swift white horse from a kindly nobleman, Yingl rescues his town from an endless, rain-soaked autumn and brings a beautiful winter snow. The book consists of a single narrative poem of sixty-four rhymed stanzas on ten pages The 1986 reprint by YIVO adds an English translation opposite each page of the Yiddish original.
Collection item number 212430

Mann, Mendel
Noent fun vaytns: far undzere kinder
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc201376
Warsaw: Kinder-fraynd, 1935 (15 pages)
Illustrated by Hirsh Altman
May be suitable for intermediate
This is a story about children at a school who collect money all winter so they can buy something in the spring. After deciding on several items that they want (a football, a new drum) they finally opt to order a radio from Warsaw. When it arrives and they set it up they are amazed that they can catch Warsaw and Vilna. So far away and yet so near. They decide to call the radio “Near from Far.”
Collection item number 201376

Margolin, J.
Leybke Shvimer
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213043
Gomel: 1923 (15 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A rhymed poem. A little town stands beneath a little mountain, and the town has a lake. There are children who love to splash in the lake, and jump in the lake, and swim in the lake. But there’s danger in the middle of the lake—they say that there’s a magic smith who makes all kinds of mischief. Leybke is the bestswimmer of all the children, and he’s not afraid of anything. So Leybke swims into a confrontation with the magic smith. Will Leybke come out of it safe and sound? (Of course he will, it’s a children’s story.) The print is light and difficult to read in some places.
Collection item number 213043

Mark, Yudel
Ale mames zaynen sheyn(loyt M. Y. Berditshevskin)
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc208509
New York: Kinder-ring, 1937 (48 pages)
Illustrated by Aharon Gudlman
May be suitable for intermediate
In the spirit of a fairy tale this short story presents the plight of a young woman, who, though admired for her intelligence and learning, is so unattractive that everyone that she encounters, even her well-intentioned newlywed bridegroom, is put off by her appearance. The plot focuses on the tribulations of their young son who dedicates himself to bringing his estranged parents together. After years of wandering, hunger, and suffering, the encouragement of Elijah the Prophet and the boy’s love and perseverance bring about a transformation that leads to the happy ending that characterizes this genre. The haunting quality of the two-colored illustrations adds to the mood of the narrative. The text is written on a level appropriate for advanced beginners in Yiddish language.
Collection item number 208509

Mark, Yudel
David ha-Reuveni un Shelomoh Molkho
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc208523
New York: Kinder-ring, 1941
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
This is the true story of the mysterious, Hebrew-speaking Jew, David HaReuveni, who appeared in 16th-century Europe posing as the brother of an imaginary king of a Jewish nation in the desert. He aroused messianic hopes among the Jews as he met with pope and kings, presenting his plan for Christian and Jewish armies to drive the Turks from Jerusalem. In Portugal, he inspired a return to Judaism by the king’s secretary, Solomon Molcho, later martyred by the Inquisition. The author was a leading Yiddish scholar who provides a glossary and also lively dialogue that includes such issues as who rightly speaks for the Jews. 2 v. in 1.
Collection item number 208523

Mark, Yudel
Rabeynu Gershom, RaShI, Yehudah Khosed
http://www.archive.org/details/nybc208510
New York: Kinder-ring, 1937 (48 pages)
Illustrated by Nayshlos and Tumarin
May be suitable for intermediate
Stories of the great medieval sages Gershom ben Judah, Moses ben Maimon, and Judah ben Samuel he-Hasid.
Collection item number 208510

Mark, Yudel
Der rambam
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc200151
New York: Arbeter Ring, 1947 (55 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A biography of Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, the great Rashi. A glossary of difficult vocabulary appears at the end.
Collection item number 200151

Mark, Yudel
Der yidisher poyps
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc208511
New York: Kinder-ring, 1947 (125 pages)
Illustrated by Isaac Lichtenstein
May be suitable for intermediate
A retelling of a story from the Basel “Mayse bukh” of 1602, in which a kidnapped Jewish boy is raised by priests and himself rises to be pope.
Collection item number 208511

Markish, Peretz
Der galaganer hon
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213045
Berlin: 1922 (30 pages)
Illustrated by Y. Chaikov
Intermediate, advanced
A long story told in verse.
Collection item number 213045

Markish, Peretz
Zang-gezang
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213046
Warsaw: 1923 (30 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Twelve poems. Several are lengthy.
Collection item number 213046

Marshak, Samuil Iakovlevich
A mayse mit a ketsl
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213051
Odessa: 1935 (14 pages)
Translated by Avrom Kahan
May be suitable for intermediate
The adventures of a four-year-old girl and her gray cat, told in verse.
Collection item number 213051

Marshak, Samuil Iakovlevich
Mister-tvister
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213053
Warsaw: 1936 (16 pages)
Translated by Kh. Zaytshik
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Humorous verse about Mister Twister, the big shot, and his adventures as he travels the world.
Collection item number 213053

Marshak, Samuil Iakovlevich
Di post
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Warsaw: 1935 (14 pages)
Translated by M. Man
May be suitable for intermediate
The Lodz postman brings a letter for Aleksandr Gryn—but Gryn has gone to Berlin. The letter is taken to Berlin, and the Berlin postman delivers it—just after Gryn has gone to Bobkin Street in West London. Mr. Smith, the London postman, delivers the letter—to find that Gryn has gone to Brazil. The ship takes the letter to Brazil, and Brasilio the Brazilian postman delivers it—to find that Gryn has gone back to Lodz. The Lodz postman finally delivers the worn but intact letter to a pleased and grateful Gryn. Rhymed verse.
Collection item number 213054

Marshak, Samuil Iakovlevich
A sreyfe
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Moscow: 1928 (11 pages)
Translated by Rosenbloom, illustrated by A. Gorshman
May be suitable for intermediate
A story told in rhyming verse. Mother leaves the house, telling young Mirl not to go near the oven. But the fire in the oven gets out of control! Mirl flees, and people come running to try to control the fire, to no avail. The heroic firefighters come, but the fire is too much even for most of them. Only grizzled Aaron, the oldest firefighter, is brave enough to climb to the roof and take on the fire. He rescues Mirl’s cat, and his determined efforts rouse the other fire-fighters. In the end, they douse the fire and prevent it from engulfing the town.
Collection item number 213056

Massey, Ida
Lider far kinder
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Warsaw: 1936 (119 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
This volume contains first-person poems written as if from the child’s perspective. Themes include complaints about grown-ups; descriptions of children, their actions and needs, coupled with poems about the mother herself; and numerous translations, from Stevenson, Milne, Eugene Field, nursery rhymes, lullabies, and other sources. Many of the translations are among the most successful pieces in the book. There is a group of nature poems toward the end, and several ballads are interspersed among the lyrics. The style is generally light and playful, musical, with regular rhymes.
Collection item number 213077

Massey, Ida
Vaksn mayne kinderlekh: muter un kinder lider
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Montreal: 1954 (201 pages)
Illustrated by B. Malchi, Harry Daniels, Y. Sheynblum
May be suitable for intermediate
This volume’s clearly-organized index contains headings “Mother and Child,”“Tots,” “Children’s Names,”“Nature Poems,” “The Child Alone,”“Grandmother’s Joy,” “Lullabies,”“Holidays,” and “Poems of Sadness.” Many of the poems are reprinted from Massey’s earlier Lider far kinder. The continuity of Massey’s work becomes apparent, as materials from her first book fit seamlessly into this collection. Pain, harshness, and melancholy are themes that come to prominence in some poems here. The child’s comical uncertainty about his identity on page 34, for instance, becomes the existential uncertainty of the adult on page 187.
Collection item number 208399

Mazur, Zelik
Yoseles shtiferayen: kinder-mayselekh
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Buenos Aires: Argentiner beymelekh,1947 (238 pages)
Illustrated by Chaim Sokolowsky
May be suitable for intermediate
A thick collection of whimsical children’s stories. Themes include: children in school, at home, and on the street; nature; birds, beasts, and bugs.
Collection item number 208438

Medresh, B.
Af der akhter distantsye
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Minsk: 1932 (31 pages)
Intermediate, advanced
The adventures and escapades of a group of Soviet youth, in school and in their youth brigades. They may be young, but they demonstrate in word and deed that they are already good Communists.

Meged, A.
Khane Senesh
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc208641
Montreal: Jewish School Publishing House, 1969 (52 pages)
Edited by S. Rubinstein, translated by M. H., illustrated by Yechiel Shainblum
May be suitable for beginner
This is the life story of Hungarian-born Khane Senesh, a fine poet, who made aliyah before World War II as a young girl, then returned to Hungary as a parachutist to save Jews during the war and was murdered there by the Nazis. Her mother and brother survive the war and settle in Erets Yisroel after the war. Written in a very simple Yiddish with occasional English translation of certain words in footnotes.
Collection item number 208641

Meisel, Aaron
Arbeter-shul
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New York: 1934 (208 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A textbook for the third year of Yiddish study that includes essays, prose fiction, and poetry, some originally written in Yiddish and some translated from other languages. The text uses Soviet-style Yiddish orthography.
Collection item number 213082

Meisel, Aaron
Di Mali Megvayers
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New York: Internatsyonaler arbeter ordn, 1936 (30 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
The story of the Molly McGuires, the rebellious Pennsylvania Irish coal-miners of the 1870s who many in the labor movement later considered heroes. A couple of pages at the beginning are in mixed-up order.
Collection item number 213083

Meisel, Aaron
Tom Muni
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New York: 193– (15 pages)
Intermediate, advanced
The story of the heroic Tom Mooney, the socialist who suffered imprisonment for over two decades after being unjustly convicted of participation in a bombing of a militaristic rally in San Francisco in 1916. This text was put together before Mooney’s 1939 pardon.
Collection item number 213083

Melzer, Philip
Kinder-lider: shtot un dorf
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New York: 1928 (207 pages)
Illustrated by B. Kopman
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of rhymed verse. The poems are divided into sections according to a number of themes. There are sections devoted to spring, summer, fall, and winter. A number of poems are about a little boy named Sheyn Moyshele. The poems in the last section, entitled “pionern-lider,” are are explicitly socialist in sentiment.
Collection item number 213086

Mendele Mokher Sefarim
Fishke der krumer
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New York: Yugnt bibliotek oyfn nomen fun Avraham Redi, 1951 (96 pages)
Edited by A. Goldberg
May be suitable for advanced
A very sad story about a group of Jewish vagabonds, who represent the basest strata of the Jewish people: beggars, thieves, cheaters. This woeful environment is enlivened by Fishke and Blume. Both afflicted, they nevertheless find love and affection for each other in such an environment. Fishke relates his experience to Mendele and his friend Alter, who in turn narrate the story. The story doesn’t have a happy ending: Blume is kidnapped by rogues and remains missing. There is, though, a moral: mentshlekhkeyt can be found even among the basest.
Collection item number 208680

Mendele Mokher Sefarim
Dos kelbl
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Buenos Aires: 1946 (7 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
An abridged version of the Mendele text. An excerpt from Seyfer habeheymes.
Collection item number 213089

Mendele Mokher Sefarim
Dos kelbl
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Warsaw: 1926 (29 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
An abridged version of the Mendele text. An excerpt from Seyfer habeheymes.
Collection item number 213088

Mendele Mokher Sefarim
Dos kelbl
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Warsaw: 1921 (15 pages)
Illustrated by Joseph Chaikov
May be suitable for advanced
A chapter of Mendele’s book Seyfer habeheymes titled “Dos toysfes-yontev- kelbl.” The text is abridged for use with schoolchildren.
Collection item number 213087

Mendele Mokher Sefarim
Shloyme Reb Khayims
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Warsaw: 1936 (92 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
An edition of Mendele’s memoirs specially prepared for school use. Hebrew/Aramaic words are spelled phonetically and are glossed at the end of the book.
Collection item number 213090

Meshman, B.
Far kinder un kindskinder
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Philadelphia: Yankev Dinesohn folk shul, 1947 (85 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
This is a book of eighty-five short rhymed poems (one page each) with realistic themes, such as a child doing adult work or a child at play. The author is opposed to having children exposed to fantasies (magic, princesses, et al.). Some poems are concerned with a child’s relationship to members of the family or other children. These poems may be read to a very young child because the themes are appropriate and the language simple.
Collection item number 212142

Metsh, Sergei
Mayn rayze tsum vaserfal Nyagara
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Vilna: 1924 (14 pages)
Translated by M. Chaimson
May be suitable for advanced
A travelogue of a trans-atlantic voyager’s trip, after landing in the United States, from New York City to see Niagara Falls.
Collection item number 213092

Metzker, Isaac
Don Yitshok Abrabanel: 1509–1437
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New York: Kinder-ring, 1920 (24 pages)
Illustrated by H. Nayshlos
May be suitable for intermediate
One of a series of books on Jewish historical figures, this presents the life of Isaac Abrabanel. It gives a thorough biography, from his birth in Portugal and early scholarly achievements, to his role as treasurer of Portugal and later of Spain, his struggle against Ferdinand and Isabella’s order to expel the Jews, and his final years in Italy. The storytelling is engrossing and informative. Didactic elements are well-integrated, for example the importance of freedom of religion, the history of the Jews in Spain, and the value of learning as portrayed by Abrabanel’s devotion to Torah study.
Collection item number 208702

Metzker, Isaac
Gots bashefenishn
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New York: Matones, 1958 (207 pages)
Illustrated by Chaim Gross
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Short stories featuring animals and nature.
Collection item number 201174

Metzker, Isaac
Toli un Tobi
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New York: Farlag Matones, 1936 (159 pages)
Illustrated by Y. Fridlender
May be suitable for intermediate
A delightfully touching story about the friendship of two children, their attachments and devotion to each other. Set in a rural area, they lead a tranquil life surrounded by family, relatives, forests, meadows, animals, and birds. Their coming of age is interrupted by traumas of the early twentieth century: WWI, loss of family and home, immigration to America, separation from each other. Their lives take unusual turns. In the end they are reunited in love and commitment.
Collection item number 208701

Miler, L.
Dos lebn vos lebt eybik: milhome-balade in 4 teyl
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New York: Farlag Idish-Amerike, 1942 (30 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Rhymed verse about modern warfare. Though the prose may be understandable by a newer student of Yiddish, the subject matter is not typical for children’s literature.
Collection item number 208589

Miller, Boruch
A velt mit veltelekh
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New York: A grupe noente fraynt, 1946 (90 pages)
Illustrated by Nama Miler
May be suitable for advanced
Fifteen short stories.
Collection item number 208581

Mindlin, E. M.
Krasin tsvishn ayz
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213166
Moscow: 1931 (24 pages)
May be suitable for beginner, intermediate
Tales about a famed Soviet icebreaker and its great adventures in the wild and dangerous north. There are descriptions and photos of the landscape and seascape. Parts of the text are very simple.
Collection item number 213166

Minkin, Keylye
Arum der shul: lider
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Bronx: Sholem-Aleykhem folks-shul eyns, 1955 (64 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of rhymed poems written by a teacher of the Sholem-Aleykhem folks-shul eyns, in New York, for students of the school. Two of the poems are translated into English. Music is included for 16 melodies that would have been familiar to children of the time, and many of the poems were written to be sung to those melodies.
Collection item number 203389

Mishkowsky, Noach
Etyopye: Idn in Afrike un Azye
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Chicago: Tseshinski, 1936 (160 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The book is a description of the Jews of Ethiopia in particular and Africa in general, including their way of life and religious practices.
Collection item number 208627

Mishkowsky, Noach
Der kinder strayk
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Chicago: M. Tseshinski, 19– (29 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A two-act comic children’s play, featuring two adult and thirteen children’s roles.
Collection item number 202291

Molodowsky, Kadia
Martsepanes: mayselekh un lider far kinder un yugnt
New York: Arbeter-Ring un Tsiko, 1970 (158 pages)
Illustrated by Mane Katz, Hayim Hanft, and Mirele Glaydak
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of rhymed verse and a number of short stories.
Collection item number 210873

Molodowsky, Kadia
A mayse mit a balye/A mantl fun a tunkeln gevantl
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213168
Warsaw: 1931 (32 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Two tales in verse. In “A mayse mit a balye,” when a new dough-kneading trough doesn’t produce a good dough, Khantshe uses it as a washtub, and as a washtub it has magical properties. In “A mantl fun a tunkeln gevantl,” a poor family passes a dark coat from child to child, no matter how old and worn it gets.
Collection item number 213168

Molodowsky, Kadia
Mayselekh
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213169
Warsaw: 1931 (108 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
Two poems. In “Olke,” the little girl Olke (with her blue “parasolke”) lives in a village and is kept very busy with chores by her very busy parents. There are babies to rock, and pots to wash, and water to bring, and wood to split, and a hundred other tasks to be done. But when Olke opens her blue parasol, she’s in a world of her own, filled with wonderful things. In “Der taykh,” somebody sets a golem to bringing water. The golem brings pail after pail, until the house is flooded, and then the courtyard is flooded, and then the street is flooded, until the water begins to flow to the field. But there is an ox in the fields, a thirsty ox, who guzzles the water until everything is dry again.
Collection item number 213169

Molodowsky, Kadia
Oyf di vegn fun Tsiyon
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New York: Gingold, 1957 (364 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A book about Jews’ longing for Zion while in diaspora, and the modern Zionist movement. There are descriptions and discussions of Zionist settlements, pioneers, and important figures in the modern Zionist movement.
Collection item number 201191

Molodowsky, Kadia
Yidishe kinder: mayselekh
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New York: 1945 (93 pages)
Illustrated by Mane Katz
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of tales for children in rhymed verse. The poems are very beautifully written. Many of the poems are about children and animals. Several poems describe life in parts of New York. One poem is translated into Hebrew.
Collection item number 200049

Mordkhele
Shloyme hameylekh un der Ashmeday
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Vilna: 1917 (19 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A prose telling of the story of King Solomon, the building of the great Temple, and the evil spirit. Hebrew/Aramaic terms are glossed in the margins.
Collection item number 213171

Moser, Ben-Zion
Beni (kinder roman)
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New York: Umparteyishe Idishe arbeter kinder-shuln, 1930 (158 pages)
Illustrated by Y. Zeldin
May be suitable for intermediate
A novel about young Benny, who lives in New York. A glossary of English words is included at the end of the book.
Collection item number 208437

Nadir, Moishe
Farvos der valfish hot aza breytn haldz?/Farvos der keml hot a hoyker?
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Vilna: 1928 (19 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Two comic stories, freely translated from Kipling’s Just So Stories. In “Farvos der valfish hot aza breytn haldz?,” the whale eats all the fish in the sea, until all that’s left is the kleyn-brekl-pitsl-fishele. To save himself, the kleyn-brekl-pitsl-fishele encourages the whale to try eating a person instead. Inspired, the whale goes and swallows a frightfully clever sailor who has survived a shipwreck by building a raft. After what the frightfully clever sailor does to the whale from inside the whale’s belly, using his raft, the whale can no longer eat anything large, and to this day can only eat the kleyn-brekl-pitsl-fishele. In “Farvos der keml hot a hoyker?,” in the beginning, shortly after creation, the camel has no hump and wanders the wilderness freely, eating thorns and bristles and other tasty camel treats, but doing not a lick of work. When the horse, dog, and ox come to him in turn, begging him to come join all the animals that serve people, the camel answers each in turn, “Oyker!” [Get lost!] Finally, the prince comes on his whirlwind (all princes travel by whirlwind), and wants the camel to account for his laziness. When the camel yells at the prince, “oyker!” the prince responds by giving him a “hoyker” [hunchback]. Ever since, the camel has borne his hump, which allows him to work for days on end to make up for his laziness in the beginning. The author makes extremely playful and creative use of language throughout, while keeping the level of prose suitable for children.
Collection item number 213173

Nadir, Moishe
Kind on keyt
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New York: Internatsyonaler arbeter ordn, 1936 (160 pages)
Illustrated by Lui Bunin
May be suitable for intermediate
Humorous and satiric verse and stories. Some of the pieces have a spirit of social protest. Hebrew and Aramaic vocabulary is spelled phonetically. A glossary of English terms is included at the end of the book.
Collection item number 208765

Nemirovich-Danchenko, V.
Der bazigter okean
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213175
Vilna: 1921 (38 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Geography and history of the Netherlands. Translated from Russian.
Collection item number 213175

Nietshayev, A.
Der khurbn fun Pompei
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Vilna: 1924 (16 pages)
Translated by M. Litvak
May be suitable for advanced
The story of the destruction of Pompeii.
Collection item number 213117

Noskowitz, J.
Mayn folk: geshikhte far der elementar-shul
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New York: Arbeter-Ring, 1962
May be suitable for beginner
Volume 1 is a collection of very simplified versions of historical stories from the Bible, beginning with wandering in the desert after leaving Egypt, through Nehemiah: the sto- ries of the twelve tribes, kings, prophets, Babylonian exile, and return.Volume 2 begins with Persian empire and Jewish history in Greece. It covers the story of the Maccabees, the Roman empire, Hillel, the destruction of the Second Temple, the Mishnah, back to Babylon, Jewish history in 8th-century Spain, der Rambam, the Middle Ages in Europe, Rashi, the rise of the Yiddish language, Jews in Christian Spain and the Inquisition, finally ending up with a brief mention of Jewish immigration to America in the Dutch New Amsterdam period. 1 of 2 volumes.
Collection item number 208771

Noskowitz, J.
Mayn folk: geshikhte far der elementar-shul
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New York: Arbeter-Ring, 1962
May be suitable for beginner
Volume 1 is a collection of very simplified versions of historical stories from the Bible, beginning with wandering in the desert after leaving Egypt, through Nehemiah: the sto- ries of the twelve tribes, kings, prophets, Babylonian exile, and return.Volume 2 begins with Persian empire and Jewish history in Greece. It covers the story of the Maccabees, the Roman empire, Hillel, the destruction of the Second Temple, the Mishnah, back to Babylon, Jewish history in 8th-century Spain, der Rambam, the Middle Ages in Europe, Rashi, the rise of the Yiddish language, Jews in Christian Spain and the Inquisition, finally ending up with a brief mention of Jewish immigration to America in the Dutch New Amsterdam period. 2 of 2 volumes.
Collection item number 208772

Novogrudskii, David Moiseevich
Di aynvoyner fun di yomim
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Bialystok: 1920 (54 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A book about the living creatures of the seas, from the smallest plants to the giant whale. The print is light and difficult to read in some places.
Collection item number 213178

Novogrudskii, David Moiseevich
Vegn yam un yaboshe
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Bialystok: 1920 (30 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Natural history of oceans and continents.
Collection item number 213179

Ognivtsev, V.
A glezl tey
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Warsaw: 1936 (15 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
A lighthearted, rhyming poem about tea, beginning with the tea being grown in China, and ending with the freight train bringing it to Warsaw.
Collection item number 213180

Olitzky, Mates
Freylekhe teg
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New York: Bildungs-komitet fun Arbeter-Ring: 1962 (119 pages)
Illustrated by Isa
May be suitable for beginner
A collection of quite straightforward, simple poems, about the yomim-toyvim, everyday things (school, a summer rain, etc.), life in the city, stories from khumesh (Adam, the flood, other Bible stories), and two poems in a section entitled “troyerike zakhn,” about children lost in the khurbn.
Collection item number 200206

Olitzky, Mates
Lider far yugnt
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New York: Bildungs-komitet fun Arbeter-Ring, 1974 (93 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
This is a collection of short rhymed poetry divided into four sections. The first three sections contain Olitzky’s own poetry. The topic of these sections are: 1) New York, city life, scenes from family life; 2) Life in the Eastern European shtetl where he came from; 3) Jewish traditional life, holidays, etc. The fourth section is bilingual and contains translations by Olitzky of some American poetry with the original poems.
Collection item number 200207

Opatoshu, Joseph
Bay fordn in fabrik
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Vilna: Naye Yidishe folksshul, 1933 (8 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A description of a huge assembly line Ford factory, complete with fiery furnaces, clanging machinery, drudgery on an assembly line, lost limbs, regimentation. (The only thing in Ford’s favor is that they seem to keep on the amputees the machinery creates, a step up from the bad old days.)
Collection item number 213205

Opatoshu, Joseph
Soreke
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213210
Warsaw: 1938 (94 pages)
Edited by M. Taykhman
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
An adbridged version of Opatoshu’s novel Aleyn, prepared by M. Taykhman. Originally published in two separate volumes, here bound in one.
Collection item number 213210

Orland, Hirsch
Grobers
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Kiev: 1930 (68 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A novel.
Collection item number 213212

Orshanski, Ber
Epizodn
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Moscow: Emes, 1940 (63 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Five short stories: “Mikhke der bershter,” “Mir hobn gekaykht far gelekhter,” “Feterl,” “Dos treyfene gezindl,” “Der tants fun di kinder.”
Collection item number 213214

Orshanski, Ber
In baheltenish
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Moscow: 1930 (80 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Three short stories. The print is light and difficult to read in some places.
Collection item number 213215

Orshanski, Ber
In dem bloen kestele
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Minsk: 1927 (48 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Three short stories: “In dem bloen kestele,” “A farshterter yontev,” “A pekele shmektabak.
Collection item number 213216

Orshanski, Ber
A tsung
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Moscow: 1933 (101 pages)
Illustrated by A. Hefter
May be suitable for advanced
Seven short stories. The print is light and difficult to read in some places.
Collection item number 213217

Osherowitch, Mendl
Kolomon Valish 1889–1934: di lebnsgeshikhte fun a sotsyalistishn kemfer
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New York: Kinder-ring, 1937 (64 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The story of a Jewish Austrian socialist and the part he played in the failed Austrian socialist uprising of 1934.
Collection item number 206002

Osherowitch, Mendel
Moyshe Montefiore (1784–1885):di lebns-geshikhte fun a Yidn mit a varem harts
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New York: Kinder-ring, 1941 (48 pages)
Illustrated by Vil Vakhtl
May be suitable for intermediate
A biography of Moses Montefiore.
Collection item number 205991

Ostrovski, B.
Idish far onfanger
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New York: Folk-shul, 1926–27
Illustrated by Yehuda Gombarg
May be suitable for beginner
A language primer. Basic reading skills are taught, which leads to a selection of simple prose and verse reading lessons. 2 volumes.
Collection item number 205580

Oyerbakh, B.
Mirten
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Warsaw: 192– (15 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
Khave’le is a pretty little girl of five and a half. She is happy, loves books, and loves to play. Khave’le has a big brother Yitskhok. Mostly they enjoy each other, but to be honest, when they fight, it’s usually Khave’le’s fault. Once, Khave’le asks Yitskhok to take her to school. He at first agrees, but changes his mind. Upset, Khave’le tries to follow him, but he leaves her behind and she becomes lost in the big city. A kind stranger takes her in and places an ad in the newspaper, so that Khave’le’s parents will be able to find her. After this, Yitskhok and Khave’le make up and promise to get along better.
Collection item number 212793

Oyrvin, V.
Kek – der kleyner Eskimos
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Vilna: 1939 (131 pages)
Translated by Helene Khatskels
May be suitable for beginner
The story of a family of Eskimos who live on Victoria Land, a large island in the Canadian Arctic. Kek is a little boy (ten years old? it’s not clear) who wants to do grown-up things: hunt, drive a dogsled, etc. And he does, often getting into trouble but always getting out again, either on his own or with his father’s help. The biggest adventure is a trip he makes with his family out to the Coppermine River, to the treeline where the Indians live. Traditionally enemies, both the Eskimos and the Indians are very nervous around each other, but a visiting Kabluna (white man) helps them avoid trouble, even when Kek’s sister disappears and the Eskimos think the Indians had something to do with it. This was originally called Kak, the Copper Eskimo, by Vilhjalmur Stefansson and Violet Irwin. Illustrations (missing from the reprint) by George Richards. Perhaps because this was translated (from English or Norwegian?), the Yiddish seems rather simple, free from idioms, figures of speech, and almost devoid of loshn-koydesh.
Collection item number 212794

Palme, S.
Glokn in midber
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London: s.n., 19– (96 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
The book contains a number of Holocaust poems, songs, and a play in four scenes/acts.
Collection item number 203526

Pat, Jacob
Beynish Mikhalevitsh: a biografye
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New York: Arbeter-Ring, 1941 (55 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Biography of a Jewish revolutionary.
Collection item number 209167

Pat, Jacob
Khaneke: di tokhter fun der lererin Sheyne
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Buenos Aires: Yidbukh, 1964 (120 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The author, the sole survivor of his family, relates the roles of his family during the Holocaust while they were imprisoned by the Nazis in the ghetto of Bialystok, Poland. Especially heroic was his niece, Khaneke. It is a riveting account. It was dedicated to his grandson on his bar mitzvah. The language is not difficult, but the subject material may be emotionally difficult for a preteen. Recommended for more mature readers.
Collection item number 209168

Pat, Jacob
A mayse mit a galekh, a rov un a shamesh yisroel
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Warsaw: Gitlin, 1921 (26 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A story about a priest who concocts a blood libel accusation against an innocent rabbi.
Collection item number 212799

Pat, Jacob
Moyshe
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Bialystok: 1920 (24 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The biblical saga of Moses, told as prose fiction.
Collection item number 212800

Pat, Jacob
Moyshe
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Bialystok: 192– (91 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The biblical story of Moses, told in simple Yiddish prose.
Collection item number 212801

Pat, Jacob
Tsum vaytn land…: kinder shpil in 2 akten
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Vilna: Kletzkin, 1921 (18 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
This is a play in two acts. The story is about a Yiddish club which elects a new president (Act 1). Then, after the politics of this procedure, some of the members (teenagers?) of the club decide to travel off to Africa through the port of Danzig (Act 2) and include the Yiddish teacher.
Collection item number 202109

Pat, Jacob
Der vunderlakher leyb
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Warsaw: 1921 (17 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Once upon a time, a pious rabbi, a great sage, and his companions are traveling across the wilderness. Sabbath is coming, but the rabbi’s companions in the caravan don’t want to tarry, because it’s dangerous to remain in the desert. The rabbi remains alone, and while engrossed in welcoming the Sabbath, he doesn’t notice that a terrible lion has come upon him. But the lion is not terrible, and he and the rabbi spend the Sabbath together peacefully. Then, the lion, as if he were a great stallion, carries the rabbi swiftly to catch up with his caravan.
Collection item number 212802

Pat, Jacob
Yerikho
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Bialystok: 1918 (17 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
The biblical story of the conquest of Jericho, told in prose suitable for children.
Collection item number 212803

Pat, Jacob
Yerikho
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Bialystok: 1920 (23 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
The biblical story of the conquest of Jericho, told in prose suitable for children.
Collection item number 212804

Pat, Jacob
Yoelik
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Warsaw: 1921 (75 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
The life and travails of a young boy during wartime, after his carpenter father becomes a soldier and leaves the family behind. Yoelik and his mother must contend with many challenges. The story is quite long, though the prose is simple enough for intermediate students.
Collection item number 212805

Perelman, I. A.
Mit a rakete af der levone
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Kharkov: 1934 (78 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
A book about the origins and science of rocketry, the uses of rocketry, human attempts at flight, and imaginative speculation about travel to the moon by rocket.
Collection item number 212807

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Der arendar
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Warsaw: Mayse’likh, 1912 (33 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
This is a story about a rich tenant farmer who is very stingy and mean- spirited. When a poor man asks him for some food and he refuses, his luck changes and he becomes poor himself. At the end he real- izes what his sins were and he is restored to his former position.
Collection item number 203562

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Bontsye shvayg
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Vilna: Kletzkin, 1926 (12 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The story of Bontshe the Silent, abridged for children. The type is light in some places.
Collection item number 212809

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Bontsye shvayg
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Warsaw: 192– (32 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
The Peretz stories “Bontshe shvayg” and “Di vilde berye.”
Collection item number 212810

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Dertseylungen
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Vilna: 1939 (11 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Four stories by Peretz: “Di levone fartseylt,” “Der nayer nign,” “Der tonis,” “Sholem-bayes.”
Collection item number 212811

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Der din-toyre mitn vint
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Vilna: 1925 (8 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
A dramatic rendering of the Peretz story by “Sh. B.” (Solomon Bastomski?)
Collection item number 212812

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Der din-toyre mitn vint/ Der oytser
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Riga: 1920 (28 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Two short stories.
Collection item number 212814

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Far der shul
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Kovno: 1940 (78 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
The poem “Dray neytorns” and a selection of Peretz’s stories. Hebrew/Aramaic words are spelled phonetically and are explained in a separate glossary.
Collection item number 212818

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Far kleyne kinder
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ilna: Kletzkin, 1925 (116 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of children’s poetry written by Peretz toward the end of his life.
Collection item number 212819

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Far yugnt
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Warsaw: 1938 (47 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
The Peretz poem “Monish” and the stories “Bontshe shvayg,” “Baym goyses tsukopns,” “Di frume kats.”
Collection item number 212820

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Folkstimlekhe geshikhtn, 1
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Warsaw: 1922 (44 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
The Peretz story “Mesires nefesh.” There is a glossary of Hebrew/Aramaic terms.
Collection item number 212824

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Folkstimlekhe geshikhtn, 2
Warsaw: 1922 (35 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Two Peretz stories: “Yoykhanen vasertreger” and “Der bas.” There is a glossary of Hebrew/Aramaic terms.

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Folkstimlekhe geshikhtn, 3
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Warsaw: 1921 (13 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Two Peretz stories: “Zibn gute yor” and “Der oytser.” A glossary of Hebrew/ Aramaic terms is included.
Collection item number 212822

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Folkstimlekhe geshikhtn, B
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Warsaw: 1921 (32 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Two Peretz stories: “Yoykhanen vasertreger” and “Der bas.” There is a glossary of Hebrew/Aramaic terms.
Collection item number 212823

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Folkstimlekhe geshikhtn, D
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Warsaw: 1921 (22 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Two Peretz stories: “Dray matones” and “S’iz gut.” There is a glossary of Hebrew/Aramaic terms.
Collection item number 212821

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Fun mayne zikhroynes
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Vilna: 1922 (12 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Excerpts of Fun mayne zikhroynes, Peretz’s memoirs, edited for use in school. There is a glossary of Hebrew/Aramaic terms.
Collection item number 212826

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Fun Y. L. Peretz’s oytser: khrestomatyev far shul un heym
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Vilna: 1940 (254 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
An anthology of Peretz’s prose and poetry.
Collection item number 212360

Peretz, Isaac Leib
A gilgl fun a nign
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Vilna: Kletzkin, 1922 (22 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The Peretz story, edited for children.
Collection item number 213094

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Hakhnoses-kale/ Mekubolim
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Vilna: 1922 (17 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Two Peretz stories, edited for use in school: “Hakhnoses kale” and “Mekubolim.” There is a glossary of Hebrew/Aramaic terms.
Collection item number 213095

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Kinder-lider
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Moscow: Emes, 1937 (96 pages)
Illustrated by Aleksander Korotkin
May be suitable for intermediate
An anthology of Peretz’s children’s poetry. A brief foreword states that minor changes were made in some texts in order to make the poems more “understandable” for Soviet children.
Collection item number 213098

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Der kuntsen-makher: bearbayt far kinder durkh’n oytor
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Kishinev: Far Unzere Kinder, 1912 (16 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Y. L. Peretz rewrote this famous story about the town magician in 1912, for children to read. It is the story of a poor family who cannot celebrate Passover until the magician, who is himself a pauper, appears and transforms their home with a spectacular seder. The surprise is who the magician is.…
Collection item number 203564

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Der malekh/ Der eybiker fridn in ergits-land
Vilna: Kletzkin, 1922 (14 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Two Peretz stories, edited for children.
Collection item number 213099

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Der meshugener batlen
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Vilna: 1922 (15 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
The Peretz story “Der meshugener batlen,” adapted for use in school. Includes a glossary of Hebrew/Aramaic terms.
Collection item number 213100

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Der meshulekh
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Vilna: 1926 (13 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
The Peretz story “Der meshulekh,” adapted for use in school. Includes a brief glossary of Hebrew/Aramaic terms.
Collection item number 211854

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Der meshulekh/ Iber poylishe shtetlekh
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Vilna: Naye Yidishe folksshul, 1935 (16 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Two Peretz stories.
Collection item number 213101

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Nisht farmishpet
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Vilna: Naye Yidishe shul, 1937 (6 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
A dramatic skit in two brief scenes, with nine parts.
Collection item number 213103

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Oysgeveylte shriftn far idishe shuln un heymen
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New York: Hebrew Publishing Company, 19– (181 pages)
Edited by Yaakov Levin
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
An anthology of Peretz stories. A glossary of difficult vocabulary is found at the end of the book.
Collection item number 210609

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Sore bas toyvim
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Warsaw: 1927 (14 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
The Peretz story “Der ziveg, oder sore bas toyvim.”
Collection item number 213105

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Tsvishn tsvey berg
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Vilna: Kletzkin, 1922 (19 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
The Peretz story, edited for children. There is a glossary of difficult vocabulary at the end of the story.
Collection item number 213107

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Vos amol veyniker
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Vilna: 1922 (15 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
The Peretz story “Vos amol veyniker” adapted for use in school.
Collection item number 213108

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Y. L. Perets far yugnt: a khrestomatye fun Y. L. Perets’s verk
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Vilna: Kletzkin, 1922 (152 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
An anthology of Peretz stories. Difficult vocabulary is defined in a notes section at the end of the book.

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Y. L. Perets: tsum 20 yortsayt
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Warsaw: Kinder-fraynd, 1935 (46 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A biography of Peretz and ten of his stories, with a glossary of difficult vocabulary at the end.
Collection item number 213109

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Zibn gute yor
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Vilna: 1938 (7 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
Tevye is one of three poor porters who struggle to find work in the market. Elijah (disguised as a “little German”) offers Tevye a deal: seven good years. But with a twist: he can begin the seven good years right away, and afterward he’ll be back to being a poor porter (and older and weaker); or he can wait and have the seven good years as his last seven years. He goes home to discuss this offer with his wife, Serl, and they decide they need the good years to start right away, as the children have been sent home from kheder for not having paid their tuition. After the seven years, suddenly poor, Tevye tells the “daytshl” he should talk to his wife, who had been in charge of their finances the whole seven years. Serl argues that they haven’t had any such thing as seven good years. The only thing she spent the money on was the kids’ school fees. Otherwise, since they hadn’t struggled for the money, it wasn’t really theirs to use. Elijah is very impressed with her argument and agrees that the good years will continue as long as they’re alive.
Collection item number 202932

Peretz, Isaac Leib
Zibn gute yor/ Der oytser
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Vilna: 192– (24 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Two Peretz stories: “Zibn gute yor” and “Der oytser.” A glossary of Hebrew/ Aramaic terms is included.
Collection item number 213113

Perovskaya, O.
Hirshele
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Warsaw: Kinder-fraynd, 1936 (31 pages)
Translated by Shmuel Halkin
May be suitable for intermediate
The adventures of a deer who comes to live among the villagers.
Collection item number 214149

Perovskaya, O.
An indzl in step
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Kharkov: 1935 (225 pages)
Translated by Y. T.
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
The animals and people of the steppe, and the ways in which people have domesticated some animals.
Collection item number 213116

Pinchevskii, Moisei
Eldorado
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Kiev: 1936 (51 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A six-act play with 23 major or minor parts.
Collection item number 213117

Pinchevskii, Moisei
Feygele un rakele
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Warsaw: 1935 (16 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
Two short stories written in prose.
Collection item number 213119

Pinchevskii, Moisei
Undzere kinder
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Minsk: 1933 (97 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A collection of long plays about children and life in the Soviet Union. The poems are overtly political in many places.
Collection item number 213120

Pinski, David
Dertseylungen
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Moscow: Emes, 1933 (112 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A collection of Pinski’s prose pieces and one drama (Ayzik sheftl). An appendix explains themes in Pinsky’s work, and a second appendix difficult vocabulary.
Collection item number 213121

Piskunov, K.
Gigant
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Moscow: 1931 (20 pages)
Translated by M. Liberman
May be suitable for intermediate
A dramatic tale of the success of a great collective agriculture project in the Soviet Union.
Collection item number 213122

Platner, Ayzik
Tsvishn kinder
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Minsk: 1938 (59 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
The subtitle states: “Stories from the life of working-class children in America.” The stories bear the stamp of sectarian politics of the time, to the point where this may overshadow their worth in literary or educational terms.
Collection item number 213123

Pliskin, Dovid
A kindershe melukhe
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Paris: 1937 (78 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Rhymed verse on themes of nature and childhood.
Collection item number 213124

Polishtshuk, Valeryan
Vos hot zey geratevet
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Kiev: 1933 (10 pages)
Translated by Leyb Kvitko, illustrated by M. Holovatinski
May be suitable for intermediate
A tale in rhymed verse by a Ukrainian writer. A hunter is in the field with his dog, hunting for birds. The bird is saved when an angry gnat distracts the hunter.
Collection item number 213125

Polyak, H.
Fun di kleyne kinders vegn
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Kiev: Kultur-lige, 1923 (123 pages)
Illustrated by M. Epstein
May be suitable for beginner
A language primer that teaches both reading and writing. The book also includes stories and many poems. The reading materials stem from both folklore and modern literature, and many writers are represented.
Collection item number 213216

Posy, Arnold
Der binshtok: a shpil in tsvey stsenes
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Chicago: 1927 (35 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A play in two scenes, with fourteen individual parts and additional group parts. A bee family wishes to be freed of servitude and have its own beehive.
Collection item number 213127

Posy, Arnold
Trukene beyner: a purim shpil in eyn akt fun di fir zin fun der hagode
New York: 1932 (56 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A Purim play featuring all the famous characters of the Megillah of Esther, and in addition the four sons of the Haggadah.
Collection item number 13128

Pravatiner, Abraham
Tsvey purim shpiln: Lialkes; A fraylekher Purim.
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Chicago: M. Tseshinski, 1938 (24 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Two very short Purim plays. Cover art by Todres Geller.
Collection item number 213129

Pres, Tsipe
Mayn bikhl
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Warsaw: Kletzkin, 19– (80 pages)
Illustrated by Chaim Hanft
May be suitable for beginner
A primer for beginning students, starting with two-syllable words for reading practice and finishing with simple songs, rhymed poetry, and prose reading lessons. Both cursive and script texts are included. This is not a grammar text.
Collection item number 213130

Przerwa-Tetmajer, Kazimierz
“Er”
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Vilna: 1921 (22 pages)
translated by Y. P.
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A story about a bear. Translated from Polish. This story can be found in the book Legenda Tatr / Tales of the Tatars.
Collection item number 212838

Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeevich
A mayse mit a bas-malke un zibn giboyrim
Warsaw: 1922 (30 pages)
Translated by Lejb Najdus
May be suitable for intermediate
A beautiful princess is driven into the wilderness by the jealous queen. Who will save her? A romance in rhymed verse.
Collection item number 213131

Rabinowitz, Zina
Der liber yontef
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New York: Matones, 1958 (196 pages)
Illustrated by E. M. Weiner
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of heartwarming tales (or sen- timental contrivances, depending on your outlook) on holiday themes. Notable are the attempts to make the holidays relevant for Jewish youth of the day (the 1950s) and the inclusion of Yom Haatsmaut on an equal footing with Sukkes, Rosheshone, etc.
Collection item number 200266

Rabinowitz, Zina
A mayse mit a shtekele
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Mexico: Yidisher shul in Meksike, 1958 (63 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Four generations of Jewish men are saved by a stick inscribed with a sentence from the Bible. This well-told tale of adventure linked to actual events (like the Holocaust) is a meshing of truth, magic and faith. The book expresses the idea that every Jew should know Yiddish and the Torah. One of the main themes is that every Jew should be proud of being a Jew and should support and help other Jews, either by tzedakah or by actual physical aid.
Collection item number 210003

Rabinowitz, Zina
Der zeyger ruft
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Mexico: Aroysgegebn durkh der Yidisher shul in Meksike, 1958 (62 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A long story about a boy in France.
Collection item number 210002

Rabon, Israel
A din-toyre mit a klots
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Bialystok: 1921 (32 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A small family of mice live in the field. Tragedy strikes when a peasant uses his ax to chop down a tree, and a weighty branch lands on the family of mice, killing the daughter. Father Mouse engages in a lengthy dispute with both the branch and the ax concerning responsibility for the tragedy that befell him.
Collection item number 213073

Ravin, Josif
Berele un Perele
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Lodz: 1921 (15 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A play with rhyming dialogue, featuring five parts: Father, Mother, Berele, Perele, and the witch. Berele and Perele are fam- ished! They can just imagine all the good things they’d like to eat. But when Father and Mother come home, they don’t have food for the children, because there was no work. Mother has to send the chil- dren to bed hungry, but promises them butter rolls in the morning. Before sleep- ing, the children go into the forest and collect berries. They wake up, and they’re lost in the woods. Trying to find their way home, they come across a pastry house. A witch lives there, and she tries to entice the children in. The children demur, and the witch grabs Berele. She’s going to boil and eat him, and wants to broil Perele. But Perele is too smart for the wicked witch, and saves the day.
Collection item number 213357

Ravin, Josif
Di farkishifte bas-malke
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Warsaw: 1922 (39 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A simple, rhymed play about the travails of a bewitched princess.
Collection item number 213358

Ravin, Josif
Mayselakh sheyne far kinderlakh kleyne
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Lodz: 1921 (19 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Three tales of farm and field, told in simple rhyme.
Collection item number 213360

Ravin, Josif
Mayselekh fun der gantser velt: a bayt
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Warsaw: Gitlin, 1921 (16 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Rhymed verse. A “Jewishized” adaptation of an Austrian folktale about a peasant on his way home after years of service to his lord. The peasant has gold that he earned in pay and has merry encounters with shepherds, merchants, and others with whom he trades, sequentially, his gold for horses, cows, geese, pigs, and so on.
Collection item number 213361

Ravin, Josef
Mayselekh fun der khayes un feygl velt: der fuks un der volf oyf a dorfisher khasene
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Warsaw: Gitlin, 1921 (35 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
An adaptation of a German folktale. The fox and wolf break into the larder at a village wedding. The wolf stuffs himself and gets drunk, the fox fills his belly cautiously. When the drunken wolf breaks into song and attracts the wedding guests, the fox is able to escape, but the wolf takes a severe hiding from angry peasants. The wolf wants revenge on the fox, who feigns injury from the peasants’ dogs and claims that he drew the dogs upon himself to protect the wolf. The fox tricks the wolf into carrying him home, and when the wolf brings him there, the fox leaps blithely into his den, from where he taunts the wolf. From that day on, the fox and wolf are enemies. The text also includes incomplete bits of other adapted German folktales, probably from a more complete edition.
Collection item number 213361

Ravin, Josef
Tsvishn lebn un toyt
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Minsk: 1928 (65 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Four stories about dangerous experiences and close calls: “Nayn yor unter der erd”; “In gefangenshaft ba di velf,” based on John W. Mackey; “Unter skorpions shtekhl,” based on S. Semyonov; “Bam tiger in di tseyn,” based on Sarat Kumor Nerosh. The print is light and difficult to read in some passages.
Collection item number 213363

Reisen, Abraham
50 lider: a matone di kinder fun di Idishe shuln
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New York: Matones, 1926 (46 pages)
Illustrated by Aronson, Gudelman, Gombarg, Topl, Kopman, Avreml, and G. B.
May be suitable for intermediate
An anthology of Reisen’s poetry.
Collection item number 213365

Reisen, Abraham
Der boym / Di fabrik 
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Mexico: Nayer Yidisher shul Y. L. Perets, 1962 (38 pages)
May be suitable for beginner, intermediate
Two short stories.
Collection item number 213097

Reisen, Abraham
Dertseylungen
Vilna: 1939 (12 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Three very short stories: 1)“A drama iber finf kartofles”: A poor tailor gets angrier and angrier and finally loses his temper as a neighbor eats five potatoes from the meager dinner for him, his family, and his two apprentices. 2)“Di nasherin”: Khayem, a sort of dealer, and his wife Sheyndl argue about their meager dinner of potatoes, unsatifying and late to boot. They decide to send Grune, their daughter, to the store for a herring, one with roe. Everyone is pleased, even the three little boys, who want the head and tail. But Grune has eaten up their only onion, noshing the evening before, and she winds up going without any herring. 3) “In di raykhe gasn”: Velvl, a shoemaker, works and lives cheerfully in a dark cellar apartment, with his wife Khaika and one worker. They barely have enough money to afford fuel for the lamp for a while in the evening. Velvl, for all his cheerful acceptance of their life, spends Shabes walking around the “rich streets,”thinking that someday they’ll move from their hovel, but always returning home.

Reisen, Zalmen
Mendele Moykher Sforim
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Vilna: 1918
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A biography of Mendele Moykher Sforim and discussion of his work and its significance.
Collection item number 213370

Reisen, Abraham
Der proletaryer oyf frishe luft/ Reyzele/Orime layt
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Warsaw: 19– (29 pages)
May be suitable for beginner, intermediate
Three short stories.
Collection item number 213368

Reisen, Abraham
Ven est di mame?/ Di naye late
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Vilna: Naye Yidishe folksshul, 1933 (16 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Two short stories.
Collection item number 213369

Reisfeder, Jacob
Dos yungele mit zayn samovarl
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Warsaw: 1920 (17 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The king of the land is running short of metal to make into weapons and bullets; he commands his subjects to surrender all their metalware for his use. A quiet, thoughtful young boy from a poor family wants to protect the family’s treasured samovar from a bloody end, and takes his argument up with the king.
Collection item number 213364

Remarque, Erich Maria
Front
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Moscow: 1930 (24 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A translated excerpt of All Quiet on the Western Front.
Collection item number 211230

Reuveni, David
Kinder
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Warsaw: Kultur-lige, 1921 (27 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A merry group of children seeks adventure in the fields, goes swimming, retrieves apples from the choicest of orchards, encounters wandering musicians, meets a shepherd, and visits the beehives – it’s all in a day’s work.
Collection item number 211277

Reynarts, A.
Di kluge mishpokhe
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Vilna: Naye Yidishe shul, 1938 (6 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A brief comic skit with six parts. Moyshe and Beyle may not have riches, but they have four brilliant children. In fact, the whole family must descend from King Solomon the Wise. Why is it that when you look for something in your pocket, it’s always in the last pocket in which you look? When you have a ten-groshen piece with which to buy cigarettes, and a ten-groshen piece with which to buy matches, and you mix the two coins up while on your way to the market, how do you figure out which coin was intended for cigarettes and which for matches? No dilemma is too tough for this family!
Collection item number 202119

Reynhaymer, S.
Der harbst-vint oyf der rayze
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Bialystok: Kultur-lige, 1921 (24 pages)
Translated by Menukhe Rabinovitsh
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A story translated from German.
Collection item number 211295

Reznik, Lipe
Sheve
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Kiev: 1935 (15 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The story of six-year old Sheve and her grown-up neighbor Mikhail, and their pledges, respectively, as child and adult to improve their performance in school and at work. They are successful, and truly are model workers.
Collection item number 211347

Reznitshenko, V.
Dnyeperboy
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Kiev: 1930 (40 pages)
Translated by Monye Shapiro
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
The tale of the construction of the great Dneprostroi (Dniprohes) hydroelectric power plant in the Ukraine.
Collection item number 211364

Rimon, Itzhak
Fun yener zayt khinezisher vant
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Kiev: Kultur-lige, 1927 (107 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
The land and people of China, with particular attention to Chinese history in the modern period. Includes statistical charts.
Collection item number 211414

Rimon, Itzhak
Indye un tseylon
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Kiev: Kultur-lige, 1930 (171 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
The geography, natural history, and social environment of India and Ceylon.
Collection item number 211591

Rivesman, Mordecai
Dem “Zeydns” mesholim
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St. Petersburg: 1908 (112 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Rhymed verse. A collection of Jewish fables adapted from Krilov. The text uses an archaic orthography that includes Hebrew diacritics.
Collection item number 211714

Rivesman, Mordecai
Dem “Zeydns” mesholim
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St. Petersburg: 1918 (160+ pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Rhymed verse. A collection of Jewish fables adapted from Krilov. The text uses an archaic orthography that includes Hebrew diacritics. An expanded second edition.
Collection item number 211714

Roberts, Charles
Der kleyner langoyer
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Vilna: 1924 (8 pages)
Translated by Malkah Chaimson
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A book about bats. The life and nature of bats is explained through the fictional exploits of a young bat and his encounter with a boy and girl.
Collection item number 211884

Rodin, David
Di dray barimer
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New York: Matones, 1940 (248 pages)
Illustrated by Isaac Lichtenstein
May be suitable for intermediate
Moyshe, Chaim, and Getzl are best buddies who love nothing better than to top each other telling whoppers. If Moyshe’s uncle can blow down a tree with one breath, well, then Chaim’s uncle can stop a charging elephant. So what? Getzl’s uncle, unwilling to labor over the mountain on foot, simply gives one mighty puff and wafts himself over the peak. These three young pals tell tall tales about whatever subject comes to hand as they wander about the city.
Collection item number 200657

Rolenato, Ralf K.
Vasil rolenko in amerike
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Kiev: Kultur-lige, 1922 (115 pages)
Translated by Monye Shapiro
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A novel.
Collection item number 213060

Rontsh, Yitshak Elhanan
Elye un Elke
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Vilna: Grinike beymelekh, 1938 (61 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
An elderly couple, a bube and a zeyde, live in the Bronx, have ten children and twenty-two grandchildren, and have an ongoing love affair with their pets. Bube loves her cockatoo Elke, and Zeyde his horse Elye, who used to drive him to all his jobs when he was an active glazier. They live with love and respect for one another, and there is good humor and banter between them. Their 50th wedding anniversary is celebrated by all their family, but although honored and joyful, Zeyde would feel com- plete only if Elye could have been there as well. Although they can no longer look after their pets with the care and attention they once showed, in the end, it is these pets who save their lives and they become treasured by all in the family.
Collection item number 202023

Rontsch, Yitshak Elhanan
Klara Tsetkin
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New York: Internatsyonaler arbeter ordn, 1935 (15 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A short biography of the pioneering German feminist and socialist, from her humble beginnings to her fame as a writer and political figure. The photographs are dark and difficult to see.
Collection item number 213061

Rontsh, Yitshak Elhanan
Ver iz geven Stiv Katoves
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New York: Internatsyonaler arbeter ordn, 1935 (61 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
The story of Steve Katovis, a martyred hero of the Communist struggle in the United States, from his birth in Greece to his death in New York at the hands of the police.
Collection item number 213062

Rontsh, Yitshak Elhanan
Ver iz geven Tsharls Rutnberg
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New York: Internatsyonaler arbeter ordn, 1935 (14 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
The life story of Charles Rutnberg, a founder of the U.S. Communist Party, from his birth in Cleveland in 1882 until his death in 1927. The photographs are dark and difficult to see.
Collection item number 213063

Rosenblatt, Henry
Bebzik: dos lebn fun a yidishn yingl
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New York: 1940 (158 pages)
Illustrated by Saul Raskin
May be suitable for intermediate
Tales in rhymed verse about Bebzik, a young boy who lives in a shtetl. A glossary of difficult vocabulary, includ ing Slavic words, appears at the end.
Collection item number 200199

Rosh, I.
Dnyeprboy
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Kharkov: 1932 (44 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The tale of the construction of the great Dneprostroi (Dniprohes) hydroelectric power plant in the Ukraine.
Collection item number 213067

Rosin, Sh. (Shmuel)
Bobe-mayses
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Ekaterinoslav: 1919 (5 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Three very long poems: “Di blinde mirl,” “Der oytser,” and “Der brivtreger.”
Collection item number 213068

Roykhel, David
Bay di murashkes tsu gast
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Kiev: 19– (37 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
A young boy learns all about ants through contact with them outdoors and the explanations of adults.
Collection item number 211888

Roykhel, David
Mayselakh
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Kiev: 1922 (30 pages)
Illustrated by M. Epstein
May be suitable for intermediate
Tales about a rabbit, based upon Russian folktales collected by Aleksandr Afanasiev, Vladimir Dal, and others. There are tales about a rabbit and a thorn bush, a rabbit and a fox, a rabbit and a lion, and a wooden rabbit. This last tale is in verse.
Collection item number 211948

Roykhel, David
Mayselekh
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Kiev: Kultur-lige, 1921 (20 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Nine tales, based upon Russian folktales collected by Aleksandr Afanasiev, Vladimir Dal, Ushinski, Tulupov, Tikhomirov, and others. The stories involve children, families, and animals.
Collection item number 211948

Roykhel, David
Rusishe mayselekh: Dos ribele
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Kiev: 1920 (6 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
Grandpa grows a rape (vegetable) so big that he just can’t pull it out of the ground. He calls Grandma, who pulls Grandpa as Grandpa pulls the rape, but they just can’t pull it out of the ground. Grandma calls Grandaughter, who pulls Grandma as she pulls Grandpa, who pulls the rape. It takes the addition, sequentially, of dog, cat, and mouse to do the trick.
Collection item number 213453

Rozanov, S. P. (Sergei Pavlovich)
Grezeles pasirungen
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Warsaw: Kinder-fraynd, 1935 (79 pages)
Translated by M. Tajchman
May be suitable for beginner
The story of little boy Grezele who boards a train and gets lost. There is some vocabulary that is unfamiliar.
Collection item number 205249

Rozenfeld, Yonah
Dos lernyingl
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Vilna: Naye Yidishe shul, 1938 (6 pages)
Edited by S. (Solomon) Bastomski
May be suitable for intermediate
A text by Rozenfeld rendered into a play by Y. Rayzman. Yosl is an apprentice to the carpenter Meyer, who has an extremely harsh temperament. Meyer insults Yosl at work. At night, the only friend Yosl has in the house is Meyer’s baby. When Yosl arises early to get a good start on the day’s work, thinking to impress Meyer, Meyer accuses him of intending to rob the shop, thereby reducing Yosl to tears.
Collection item number 213065

Rubakin, N. A. (Nikolai Aleksandrovich)
A mayse mit a yidishn dokter
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New York: 1945 (32 pages)
Translated by S. Bastomsky
May be suitable for intermediate
In Rome, four hundred years ago, lived a Jewish doctor named Yitskhok. Life was often perilous and bitter.
Collection item number 211712

Rudoy, Pinchas
Dos idishe kind: a lerbukh bashtimt far di idishe klasn in di talmud- toyre’s
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New York: Hebrew Publishing Company, 1929
May be suitable for beginner
This language primer begins with pronunciation drills; the alphabet itself is not introduced. The drills are written both in block and cursive script. The lessons proceed quickly, with little explanation of grammar. Reading material such as poems, stories, and narratives is included. The topics are often religious, which is somewhat unusual in Yiddish primers. Basic concepts of Jewish religious observance are discussed, as well as the nature and significance of Jewish holidays.1 of 2 volumes.
Collection item number 210165

Rudoy, Pinchas
Dos idishe kind: a lerbukh bashtimt far di idishe klasn in di talmud- toyre’s
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New York: Hebrew Publishing Company, 1929
May be suitable for beginner
This language primer begins with pronunciation drills; the alphabet itself is not introduced. The drills are written both in block and cursive script. The lessons proceed quickly, with little explanation of grammar. Reading material such as poems, stories, and narratives is included. The topics are often religious, which is somewhat unusual in Yiddish primers. Basic concepts of Jewish religious observance are discussed, as well as the nature and significance of Jewish holidays. 2 of 2 volumes.
Collection item number 210166

Rustaveli, Shota
Der giber in der tiger-fel
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Kiev: Natsionale minderhaytn in USSR, 1937 (37 pages)
Translated by David Hofstein and Moisei Khashchevatskii
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A translation of “The Knight in the Panther Skin,” from the great 12th/13th-century Georgian poet. Includes an introductory essay.
Collection item number 213074

Salten, Felix
Bambi
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Warsaw: Kultur-lige, 1930 (193 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
This is a translation at full length of the classic children’s story. It has the physical appearance of an adult’s book: the typeface is the same relatively small point size common in Yiddish imprints from interwar Warsaw and Vilna.
Collection item number 208824

Saltykov, Mikhail Evgrafovich
Mayselekh
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Kiev: 1936 (90 pages)
Translated by A. Velednistki
May be suitable for advanced
A selection of tales by the 19th-century Russian satirist.
Collection item number 213075

Samokhvalov, Aleksandr Nikolaevich
Der Khodye
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Kiev: 1930 (31 pages)
Translated by Itsik Kipnis
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Khodye is a soldier who all admire for his courage and deeds. He lives bravely and meets his end bravely.
Collection item number 213076

Sand, George
Di fliglen fun mut
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Vilna: 1939 (51 pages)
Translated by Helene Chatskels
May be suitable for advanced
Set in France, a lame peasant boy, Hinkerl, at first flees from life’s challenges, but eventually “grows wings” with which to meet life head-on.
Collection item number 213078

Sarin, Ber
Kitsi un Murele
Vilna: 1938 (9 pages)
Illustrated by Ber Sarin
May be suitable for beginner
Kitsi and Murele are kitty-cat sisters. They love to play and drink milk from saucers. One day, Mama Cat tells them that they are old enough to start earning their keep. Are the two sisters scared to catch mice? Of course not! Are they able to catch mice? That’s a different story, but as Mama Cat tells them at the end, every beginning is hard. Rhymed verse.
Collection item number 213136

Sas-tisovsky, B. A.
Khlor
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Kharkov: 1933 (39 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
A book about the origins, manufacture, and uses of chlorine.
Collection item number 213137

Savel’ev, Leonid Savelevich
Di nakht fun dem ratn-tsuzamenfor
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Kiev: 1932 (70 pages)
Translated by Dine Libkis
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Scenes from the great 1917 revolution.
Collection item number 213139

Savel’ev, Leonid Savelevich
Okrep
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Kiev: 1932 (14 pages)
Translated by L. R.
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
In Shanghai, resolute Chinese workers take on the powerful English factory owners. In the end, they are successful.
Collection item number 213138

Schaechter-Gottesman, Bella
Mir forn
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New York: Jewish Education Committee Press, 1935 (14 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
Very short rhymed poems about all the ways there are for children to travel: by train, plane, auto, bicycle, rocket, ship, merry-go-round, and horse and wagon.
Collection item number 213140

Schiller, Friedrich
Frayndshaft
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Vilna: 1931 (18 pages)
Translated by S. Bastomski
May be suitable for intermediate
An adaptation of a tale by Schiller of the harsh ruler Dionysius of Syracuse, and how he has a change of heart.
Collection item number 213155

Segal, Beryl
Dray kinder shpiln
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New York: 1935 (43 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Three short children’s plays. The first, “Zol zayn sholem,” is dedicated to peace among the peoples of the world. The second, “In di bloye berg,” is a tale of children at summer camp. In the third, “A frimorgn kholem,” young Moyshele is awakened by his alarm clock to find that his clothes, books, and all the other inanimate objects in his life are talking!
Collection item number 212093

Segal, Jacob Isaac
Lider far yidishe kinder: zibn bintlekh
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New York: Bildungs-komitet fun Arbeter-Ring, 1961 (111 pages)
Illustrated by Hannah Sigal-Zakita
May be suitable for intermediate
J. I. Segal was a prolific poet. This book collects poems that he wrote specifically for children over a period of many years. The poems range in length from very short to moderately long, and some of the poems are more simple than others.
Collection item number 200818

Seldin, Alexander
A tsigele a vayse: a mayse far yidishe kinder
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New York: 1936 (143 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A novel.
Collection item number 207617

Senter, B. (Berl)
Khad gadye
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New York: 19– (32 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A somewhat wry dramatic rendering of the Passover song.
Collection item number 213157

Seton, Ernest Thompson
Di kinigin Anastalon
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Bialystok: 1920 (66 pages)
Translated by M. Rubinstein
May be suitable for intermediate
Many of the pages are skewed.
Collection item number 213160

Seton, Ernest Thompson
Lobo
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Bialystok: Dos bukh, 1920 (37 pages)
Translated by Sonya Kantor
May be suitable for intermediate
A translation of Lobo, King of Currumpaw, the story of the naturalist’s hunt for a fabled New Mexico wolf.
Collection item number 205091

Seton, Ernest Thompson
Pinkelekh/ Der kleyner held
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Bialystok: 1921 (28 pages)
Translated by M. Rubinstein
May be suitable for intermediate
Two stories about animal heroes by the naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton. The first story spins a dramatic yarn about how bluebirds learned to react to the coming of winter. The second story is about Chink the dog and his heroic exploits in service of his human boss.
Collection item number 213161

Seton, Ernest Thompson
Der shvartser mustang
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Bialystok: 1922 (29 pages)
Translated by M. Rubinstein
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A translation of The Pacing Mustang, one of many stories by Seton featuring animal heroes.
Collection item number 213162

Seton, Ernest Thompson
Vuli
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Bialystok: 1920 (28 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Wooly is a sheepdog who lives with his master in the wilds of Scotland and leads a full and adventurous life in farm and field. This is one of a series of once- popular stories about animal heroes by the naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton.
Collection item number 213164

Seton, Ernest Thompson
Yokhim Ber
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Bialystok: 1921 (47 pages)
Translated by M. Rubinstein
May be suitable for intermediate
The adventures of a plucky bear. One of many stories featuring animal heroes penned by Seton.
Collection item number 210756

Shabad, Rokhl
Gur Arye
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc201406
Warsaw: Yudish, 19– (15 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A fantasy. Legendary Rabbi Gur Aryeh of Prague is the king’s adviser and friend. He is disliked by others in the king’s court, particularly by the senior courtier, who in general dislikes Jews. A custom of the court is for each noble to host a banquet in the king’s honor. The senior courtier reminds the king that the Rav has never done so. The Rav offers to host such a banquet, and he takes the entire court to a wonderful place outside the king’s palace.When the banquet is over, the senior courtier can’t get up from his place. Something wonderful from the banquet table is missing! A search discovers that the senior courtier has it. The Rav then offers the “borrowed”thing to the king for three days, but it must be returned. The mystery of the banquet is discovered in later years.
Collection item number 201406

Shafir, Berl
Keler-shtiber
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213187
Odessa: Binshtok, 1919 (16 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Five very short stories.
Collection item number 213187

Shifris, M.
Far vemen hot Haymis tate geshtimt?
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213188
New York: 1933 (8 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Hymie Rosen’s father is an underemployed factoryworker who votes a straight Democratic ticket. Hymie meets a friend who introduces him to the workers’ move- ment. Hymie unsuccessfully tries to reason with his father that the workers’ movement is the workers’ true friend, not the Democratic party. When the landlord evicts the Rosen family and the local Democrats do nothing to help, it’s the men, women, and children of the workers’ movement who confront the sheriff and his thugs and prevent the eviction. The print on the last page is light and difficult to read. Hebrew and Aramaic words are spelled phonetically.
Collection item number 213188

Shifris, M.
Foygl kanarik (un andere mayses)
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc200749
New York: 1950 (104 pages)
Illustrated by H. Krukman
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Fourteen short stories. Some of the stories are on whimsical topics. Others are more serious, and several of the stories treat the Holocaust in some way.
Collection item number 200749

Shifris, M.
Lenin vayzt dem veg
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213189
New York: 193– (15 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Three short stories. In “Lenin vayzt dem veg,” Lenin appears to young “pioneer” Seymour in a dream and explains to him the proper meaning of struggle. In “Der royter signal,” a relief effort from the international workers’ movement arrives in the nick of time as striking Kentucky coal miners confront the bosses and their thuggish helpers. In “Bazigt dem landlord,” schoolchildren participate in a protest of jobless workers, even though the police intervene. Hebrew/Aramaic words are spelled phonetically.
Collection item number 213189

Shifris, M.
Mayn Yidish bukh: tsvey
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New York: Farlag fun dem Yidishn fraternaln folks- ordn, 1945 (149 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A language text for use with students who already have a basic knowledge of Yiddish. The text is based upon reading lessons, for which written exercises are included.
Collection item number 210406

Shifris, M.
Rakhama un andere lider
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New York: 1925 (64 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
A poetry collection. The poems are on a variety of themes, and a few are explicitly leftist. In one poem, “Di letste shpiln fun der idisher kapelye,” old and broken orchestral instruments converse and muse about their fate.
Collection item number 213190

Shifris, M.
Di revolutsye vet kumen
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213191
New York: [193–] (15 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Three very short stories demonstrating the socialist consciousness of working people and youth. There are many references to Lenin and the Soviet Union.
Collection item number 213191

Shifris, M.
Tsigl
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc201662
New York: Aroysgegebn fun Harlemer progresivn yugnt- klub, 1929 (224 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
This book contains twenty-four short stories written between 1918 and 1929. The stories depict immigrant life in the United States, as well as life in the “old country.” The characters are Jews, both pious and worldly, and non-Jews. The title story is a tragic tale of a young white man who tries to organize black brick makers in the Hudson valley. The themes are adult, and the dialogue includes English and Russian as appro- priate to the narrative.
Collection item number 210662

Shilin, Georgi
Kamo
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213192
Kharkov: 1931 (89 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A novella-length tale of revolutionary struggle in the Caucasus.
Collection item number 213192

Shindler, Eliezer
Fremde mayselekh
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213141
Vilna: Grinike beymelekh, 1930 (47 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of tales from around the world, including stories identified as Chinese, Malay, Finnish, Estonian, African, and Indian.
Collection item number 213141

Shindler, Eliezer
Fun der eybiker shefe
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213142
Vilna: 1938 (47 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of tales from around the world, including stories identified as Finnish, French, Cossack, Flemish, English, Rumanian, Hungarian, and Macedonian. Most of the stories involve animals as leading characters.
Collection item number 213142

Shindler, Eliezer
Iber lender un yamen
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213143
Vilna: 1937 (47 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of tales from around the world, including stories identified as Mongolian, Danish, Nigerian, Montenegrian, and old Italian.
Collection item number 213143

Shindler, Eliezer
In shtile farnakhtn
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213145
Vilna: 1937 (48 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Tales from around the world, including stories identified as Muslim, Gypsy, Polish, Turkish, and Indian. An entire section of stories is devoted to Nasr ad-Din.
Collection item number 213145

Shindler, Eliezer
Lider
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213146
Vilna: 1929 (61 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of verse. One section contains poems about Kyrgyzstan. Pages 32– 33 are missing.
Collection item number 213146

Shindler, Eliezer
Mayselekh fun arba pinoys hooylom
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213147
Vilna: 1937 (47 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Tales from around the world, including stories identified as Italian, Montenegrian, Tibetan, Estonian, and Gypsy.
Collection item number 213147

Shindler, Eliezer
Der mizrekh shmeykhlt
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213148
Vilna: 1937 (47 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
An anthology of twelve very short stories from Persia, China, India, and Turkey. The tales tend to illustrate moral or psychological insights. For example, in “The Sultan and the Shepherd,” a clever shepherd outwits the evil king who has tricked the shepherd into an honest confession that the king is hated. In “The Hidden Ax,” a peasant who announces loudly that he will hide his ax while returning home from the fields for a meal discovers to his rue that not everybody is honest.
Collection item number 213148

Shindler, Eliezer
Oyf zunike pleynen
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213149
Vilna: 1937 (47 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of tales from around the world, including stories identified as East African, Turkish, Slovenian, Egyptian, Siberian, Arab, and Polish.
Collection item number 213149

Shindler, Eliezer
Tsvishn Khidekl un Ganges
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213150
Vilna: 1937 (47 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A collection of Indian and Persian tales.
Collection item number 213150

Shindler, Eliezer
Vos di velt dertseylt
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213151
Vilna: 1936 (47 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of short tales from around the world. The majority are fables or parables involving animals.
Collection item number 213151

Shindler, Eliezer
Vos felker dertseyln
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213152
Vilna: 1930 (47 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of tales from around the world. A number of the stories are identified as African, Roman, Chinese, Australian, Turkestanish, French, and Greek. Many of the tales involve animals as the main characters.
Collection item number 213152

Shindler, Eliezer
Vos in vald iz geshen
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213153
Vilna: 1936 (47 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of tales from around the world. There are tales identified as Lithuanian, Gypsy, Italian, Estonian, and Chinese.
Collection item number 213153

Shindler, Eliezer
Yidishe legendes
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213154
Vilna: 1936 (48 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of stories from Jewish history and folklore. An entire section is devoted to stories of the “Dinover tsadik,” Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech of the Blazow Hasidim.
Collection item number 213154

Shklyar, N.
Bum un dreydl
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213193
Vilna: 1921 (31 pages)
Translated by M. Elkin
May be suitable for intermediate
A play in four acts.
Collection item number 213193

Shnitser, Sh.
Besht
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc211514
Warsaw: 1935 (63 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A biography of the Baal Shem Tov, written on the occasion of his 175th yortsayt.
Collection item number 211514

Shokhet, Malke
Vos Khayiml veyst vegn Khanike
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213196
Havana: 195– (11 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Khayiml can’t wait to see Zeyde, because Zeyde will give him Khanike gelt. But when he is with Zeyde, Khayiml is entranced by the story of Khanike.
Collection item number 213196

Shokhet, Malke
Vos Yisrolikl veyst vegn Lag Boymer
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Havana: 195– (12 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Yisrolikl is excited to see Zeyde, because Zeyde will give him twenty-five groshen. However, Yisrolikl is entranced when Zeyde tells him the story of Lag Boymer. A poem about Bar Kokhba by Abraham Liessin prefaces the story.
Collection item number 213197

Sholem Aleichem
Dertseylungen un monologn
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213199
Eshvege: 1947 (42 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Four Sholem Aleichem tales: “Mister grin hot a dzshab,” “A mayse mit a grinhorn,” “Sa lign!,” and “Fun der riviera.”
Collection item number 213199

Sholem Aleichem
A farshterter Peysekh
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213200
Kiev: 19– (30 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
A Sholem Aleichem story.
Collection item number 213200

Sholem Aleichem
Di fon
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc210889
Winnipeg: 19– (24 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Sholem Aleichem’s story about a child and his flag.
Collection item number 210889

Sholem Aleichem
Getsl
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213202
Warsaw: 1936 (29 pages)
Translated by M. Rubinstein
May be suitable for intermediate
Three Sholem Aleichem stories, adapted for children: “Getsl,” “A feygele,” and “A begegenish.”
Collection item number 213202

Sholem Aleichem
Khanike gelt
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc203709
New York: Matones, 1925 (32 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
A comedy in one act with three scenes.
Collection item number 203709

Sholem Aleichem
Kinder
Mexico: 1959 (48 pages)
Edited by Shaul Federman
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Seven Sholem Aleichem stories adapted for children: “Elyohu hanovi,” “Khaver sirko,” “Dray keplekh,” “Khanike-gelt,” “Motl dertseylt,” “Di fon,” “A farshterter peysekh.” Difficult words are glossed at the bottom of each page, with pronunciation given for Hebrew/Aramaic words.

Sholem Aleichem
Kinder
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213203
Warsaw: 1951 (68 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Selections from the series of Sholem Aleichem stories known as Mayses far yidishe kinder, including the stories “Dray keplekh,” “Afn fidl,” “Baym kinig akhashveyresh,” “Ek velt,” “Funem barg- sinay,” and “A farshterter peysekh.” Hebrew/Aramaic words are glossed at the bottom of each page of text.
Collection item number 213203

Sholem Aleichem
Kinder-dertseylungen
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc210914
Kharkov: 1935 (70 pages)
Translated by Der Nister, illustrated by M. Fradkin
May be suitable for intermediate
Five Sholem Aleichem stories adapted for children by Der Nister: “Dos meserl,” “Getsl,” “Dray keplekh,” “Mesushelkh,” and “Rabtshik.”
Collection item number 210914

Sholem Aleichem
Kinder-dertseylungen
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213232
Vilna: 19– (15 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Two Sholem Aleichem stories: “Dray kepelekh” and “Tsar balekhayim.” Hebrew and Aramiac words are spelled phonetically.
Collection item number 213232

Sholem Aleichem
Kitser Sholem Aleykhem far seminar un mitlshuln
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213233
Buenos Aires: 1959 (123 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
An anthology of Sholem Aleichem stories and skits: “Di geferlekhe matse,” “Di suke,” “Getsl,” “A got nist,” “Emigrantn,” “Motl in Amerike,” and “Di fon.” Includes a short article about Sholem Aleichem by L. Lehrer, and a poem by Y. Adler.
Collection item number 213233

Sholem Aleichem
Mayses far Yidishe kinder
New York: Sholem-Aleykhem folksfond, 1919–1920
May be suitable for advanced
Here, the master storyteller turns his pen to the lives of Jewish children. Most of the stories involve young children and are told from the child’s perspective. They portray with humor the needs, wishes, and observations of young children, and their rewards, disappointments, and embarrassments. Together, the stories provide a full picture of the difficult lives of Jews in pre-modern Eastern Europe, including their families, homes, schools, occupations, and even animals. The stories in Volume 1 cover events of everyday life, and those in Volume 2 relate specifically to the Jewish holidays. Two volumes.

Sholem Aleichem
Dos meserl
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213235
Buenos Aires: Ikuf, 1959 (32 pages)
Illustrated by Nota Koslowsky
May be suitable for beginner
A young boy, Sholom, about nine or ten years old, has always wanted a real pocketknife. He’s had some make-believe ones and one real one, but his strict (and ill) father always takes them away. His family is very pious and he has a miserable time in kheder, with a bullying melamed [did Catholic nuns learn their knuckle-whacking techniques from such “traditions”?]. He steals a lovely pocketknife from their German Jewish lodger and much as he covets it, he begins to suffer terrible guilt. He considers confessing or returning it secretly, but fears punishment, so he finally throws it in the well and faints away from all the tension. His family fears for his life, but he recovers, and is rewarded by his father becoming less stern and by being sent to a new kheder.
Collection item number 213235

Sholem Aleichem
Dos meserl
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc210445
New York: Bildungs-komitet fun Arbeter-Ring, 1937 (47 pages)
Illustrated by Nota Koslowsky
May be suitable for beginner
Sholem Aleichem’s tale of a lad who wants nothing more in life than a penknife, what he goes through to get one, and what he goes through with one. Difficult words are glossed at the end of each chapter. The original text is abridged.
Collection item number 210445

Sholem Aleichem
Motl Peysi dem khazns
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213236
Mexico: 1959 (192 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
An abridged version of the Motl stories, edited for use in schools. Difficult words are glossed at the bottom of each page. The typeface is a little larger than usual.
Collection item number 213236

Sholem Aleichem
Motl Peysi dem khazns
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New York: Matones, 1946 (237 pages)
Illustrated by Nota Koslowsky
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Sholem Aleichem’s stories about Motl, abridged for children. Glossaries of difficult vocabulary are appended to each story.
Collection item number 200058

Sholem Aleichem
Rabtshik
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New York: Sholem-Aleykhem folks-fond, 1918 (16 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
An offprint of pages 79–94 of the Sholem Aleichem story, drawn from the posthumous New York collected-works set.
Collection item number 202385

Sholem Aleichem
Tevye der mikhiker: oysgabe far shul un heym
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc201620
Buenos Aires: 1961 (144 pages)
Edited by Chaim Szlama Kazdan
May be suitable for intermediate
A selection of short stories, chiefly about Tevye’s daughters. Includes a chronology of Sholem Aleichem’s life and later writings.
Collection item number 201620

Shovkoplias, Iu. Iu. (Iurii Iuriiovych)
Di pasirungen funem hintl Dzhemki
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213237
Kharkov: 1934 (33 pages)
Translated by N. Shechtman, illustrated by Kesho
May be suitable for intermediate
The adventures of a little dog in town and field, among humans, animals, and other dogs.
Collection item number 213237

Shtern, Yekhiel
Der nosi hillel
Montreal: Yidishe shul, 1946 (14 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
In ancient Jerusalem, crowds flock to the Bes-medresh to learn from the great teachers Shamai and Avtalyon. A guard bars entrance to Hillel, a simple wood- cutter who cannot afford the entrance fee. Hillel must work very hard chopping wood for families all over the city to pay the guard. One day, there is not enough work for Hillel, and he can’t earn the money for entrance. Hillel climbs a ladder to the roof of the Bes-medresh, where he is almost overcome by the cold. The next morning, Shamai and Avtalyon find him, and they light the oven to warm him even though it is Shabes. The lesson is clear: saving a life is more important than the strictest religious observance. There is another lesson to be drawn: entrance to the great Bes-medresh should be free to all.
Collection item number 213238

Shtraykher, Yaakov
Kinder-lider
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213239
Buenos Aires: 1961 (34 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of rhymed verse. One poem is accompanied by a musical score.
Collection item number 213239

Shtuker-Payuk, Mashe
Gut yontev
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc210344
Buenos Aires: o. fg., 1957 (194 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of poems and poetically arranged “historical” dialogues and scenes. Very lightly done, with humor. There is one about the joys of having a rich uncle so summer vacations with him are a pleasure that remains on returning to the city. Also a very cute description of the young Spring getting into trouble out of curiosity about Winter. And a short piece about a palm tree and what it might do with its “hands.” Another about a class clown looking forward to playing jokes on a new teacher, foiled by the teacher who’s well aware of such stuff. There is also a piece about Moses having to drag the Jews kicking and screaming through the desert, when they just wanted to sit and eat manna. And a nice moral tale of Rabbi Hillel keeping his temper through the teasing of a pair of boys, one of whom bet he could make him lose it.
Collection item number 210344

Shtuker-Payuk, Mashe
Kinderlekh
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213279
Buenos Aires: 1947 (115 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
Rhymed verse on a variety of themes, including Jewish and secular holidays, family, nature and the enjoyment of nature, and playtime.
Collection item number 213279

Shtuker-Payuk, Mashe
Der tsoyberboym
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc210347
Buenos Aires: M. Shtuker-Payuk, 1961 (174 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
This is a book of Yiddish stories and many children’s poems. The author is from Argentina.
Collection item number 210347

Shtuker-Payuk, Mashe
Zingendik
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc212827
Buenos Aires: 1951 (122 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
Rhymed verse on a variety of themes, including Jewish and secular holidays, family, play, animals, children, and nature.
Collection item number 212827

Shumiatcher-Hirschbein, Esther
In tol
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc202870
New York: Yidish, [1920] (62 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Four young children, three girls and a boy, ages six to eleven, spend the night in a heavily wooded valley. Acting on their previous dreams, they try to help eleven-year old Esther find her mother. An angel in one of her dreams has told Esther her mother would come down from heaven and meet her in the valley. This turns out to be a confusing adventure with the continuous theme of fear and insecurity for all four children. Esther realizes her mother is dead; an old lady in the woods advises the children to return home.
Collection item number 202870

Sienkiewicz, Henryk
Yanko der shpiler
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213240
Vilna: Naye Yidish folksshul, 1933 (11 pages)
Translated by S. Bastomski
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A translation of the Sienkiewicz story “Janko Muzykant,” about a peasant boy whose only strength and virtue in life is a talent for music.
Collection item number 213240

Silver, Louis
Yidn in Amerike: epizodn un portretnbukh eyns 1654-1881
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New York: Bildungs opteylung fun Arbeter Ring, 1955 (128 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Jewish history in the United States from 1654 until 1881. There is discussion of general themes from particular historical periods, as well as of notable individuals.
Collection item number 208922

Simon, Solomon
H. Leyviks kinderyorn
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc201365
Vilna: Naye Yidishe shul, 1938 23
May be suitable for advanced
This book tells the story of H. Leivick’s boyhood and his growth and development as a sensitive poet. Attempting to quiet a baby brother crying in his crib, 13-year-old Leivick sings the baby a song, the first of the budding poet’s creative efforts. The book includes descriptions of several family moves and severe hardships faced by young Leivick.
Collection item number 201365

Simon, Solomon
Khakhomim, akshonim un naronim
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc213241
Buenos Aires: Alter Rozental fond, 1959 (123 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of tales from around the world, including tales identified as South American, Indian, Irish, and Scandinavian.
Collection item number 213241

Simon, Solomon
Khumesh far kinder
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc200408
New York: Yehoash farlag, 1940 (270 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
I.L. Peretz sought a translation of the Tanakh into modern Yiddish. The poet Yehoash accomplished this, capturing the style and flavor of biblical Hebrew in modern Yiddish. The Workmen’s Circle later abridged this literary masterpiece into a volume for children that recounts narra- tive portions of the Pentateuch, dividing roughly into three sections: 1) from Creation to the three Patriarchs; 2) from Joseph to the Exodus; 3) from the Jews at Mount Sinai to Moses’s last testament and death. There are also sections detailing the various laws, the Ten Commandments, laws relating to trials, justice, war, the kingdom, food, etc. (presented by subject and not in the original order, scattered through Leviticus and Deuteronomy).
Collection item number 200408

Simon, Solomon
Kinder yorn fun idishe shrayber
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New York: Matones, 1936–1945
May be suitable for intermediate
One of the most popular and prolific authors of children’s books describes the childhood years of famous Yiddish writers. Each chapter begins with a photo and one-page biography and relates memorable and formative events of an author’s youth. The writing is crisp and filled with action and dialogue. Volume 1: Sholem Aleichem, Bialik, Liesen, Kobrin, Pinski, A. Reisen, Hirschbein, Mani Leib, Sh. Niger, and Opatoshu. Volume 2: Mendele, Peretz, Dubnow, M. Rosenfeld, Zhitlovsky, Asch, Libin, Leivik, and I. J. Singer. 2 volumes.
Collection item number 201114

Simon, Solomon
Dos kluge shnayderl
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New York: Matones, 1933 (127 pages)
Illustrated by Isaac Friedlender
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A simple but clever tailor is able to use his wits to prevail in many fantastic situations. He goes up against a band of robbers and a gang of giants and gets mixed up in intrigues in faraway lands. Though the tales are connected sequentially, they can be read as separate stories.
Collection item number 208928

Simon, Solomon
Roberts ventures
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc208920
New York: Matones, 1938 (192 pages)
Illustrated by Nota Koslowsky
May be suitable for advanced
The adventures of young Robert Gingold of New York, in good times and bad. Simon, Solomon
Collection item number 208920

Simon, Solomon
Shmerl nar
yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc208927
New York: Matones, 1931 (112 pages)
Illustrated by Aaron Gudelman
May be suitable for intermediate
Poor Shmerl is so foolish his parents don’t know what to do with him. The other children tease him, and he gets no wiser with the passing years. But when he finally does head out into the world, he has many amusing adventures, often managing to save the day through his seemingly foolish bumbling.
Collection item number 208927

Sinclair, Upton Beall
Koylngreber
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Vilna: Naye Yidishe folksshul, 1930 (15 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A portion of the Sinclair book King Coal.
Collection item number 213243

Singer, Israel Joshua
Vili
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New York: Nyu-yorker Arbeter-Ring mitlshul, 1948 (111 pages)
Edited by Zalmen Yefroikin
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A novel abridged for use in Yiddish schools. Difficult vocabulary is glossed on each page.
Collection item number 201123

Skopin, V.
Der ershter iberfli fun a kleyn feygele
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Minsk: 1929 (35 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The adventures of a group of birds while migrating south for the winter from Russia to Africa.
Collection item number 213246

Skuditsky, A.
A khaver in shlakht
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Kharkov: 1934 (54 pages)
Illustrated by A. Pleshchinskii
May be suitable for intermediate
Three stories about Soviet soldiery: “A khaver in shlakht,” “Oyb di revolutsye fodert,” and “Inderluftn.”
Collection item number 213246

Slutzky-Kohn, Grunia
Lider un proze
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Montreal: 1987 (241 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
An anthology of prose and poetry that features a selection of children’s poetry on pages 104–128, along with material intended for adults. An appendix includes several prose pieces translated into both French and English.
Collection item number 208941

Smolar, Boris
Kindervelt
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Warsaw: 1938 (16 pages)
Illustrated by Issachar Ryback
May be suitable for beginner
Lighthearted, short, rhymed poems.
Collection item number 213250

Smolar, Boris
Di kishefmakhern
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Warsaw: 1922 (14 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
A four-act play with four characters. In the first act, Dina warns Nokhem not to venture into the woods, because there lives a terrible witch. If you please her, she gives you nuts, but if you anger her, she can change a person into a bird. In the second act, an old woman comes out of the woods. Who can it be? Dina and Nokhem are very nice to her. They bring her water and give her chocolate, and she gives them nuts before departing. In the third act, Dina and Nokhem crack the nuts to find that they contain only the kernels. In the fourth act, the children encounter their teacher Freyde. They complain that the nuts contained only kernels, and not golden thimbles or other good things. Freyde explains that there is no such thing as a witch, and that the old woman was just a nice old woman.
Collection item number 213251

Solomonov, D.
Purim-shpil
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Warsaw: Goldener horn, 1927 (30 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Purim in the shtetl. A Purim play featuring shtetl characters as well as the luminaries from the Megillah of Esther.
Collection item number 213253

Spector, Mordecai
Kinder
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Kishinev: 1914 (24 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A story of two pals, Notke and Leybitshke. Second edition.
Collection item number 213255

Spritzer, Victor
Morgnfreyd
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Buenos Aires: A. Shpritzer, 1936 (108 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Songs, poetry, one- to two-page short stories.
Collection item number 202686

Stal
Di zilberne glitshers: loyt Stal
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Vilna: Naye Yidishe folksshul, 1938 (62 pages)
Translated by Helene Khatskels
May be suitable for intermediate
The story of Hans Brinker and the silver skates.
Collection item number 213425

Staniukovich, K. M.(Konstantin Mikhailovich)
Far dem “shvakhinkn”
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Bialystok: Kultur-lige, 1921 (24 pages)
Translated by Zeev Grosman
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A translation of a 19th-century Russian sea story. From the series “Yam-dertseylungen.”
Collection item number 213258

Stavi, Moses
Lovon hoArami
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Warsaw: Kultur-lige, 1922 (27 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A young child in a shtetl is enchanted with his family’s horse Lovon, who must adapt to family life. Lovon comes to a sad end, though, after breaking a leg. Abridged for children.
Collection item number 213259

Steinbarg, Eliezer
Di ku un di kukavke
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Montreal: 1946 (7 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A cow wanders into the woods and gets lost. A mischievous cuckoo pretends to lead the cow out of the woods, but in reality leads the cow deeper into the woods, where a wolf eats the cow. That night, the cow’s orphaned calf comes to the cuckoo in a dream, and when the cuckoo awakes he hears the calf’s lament. From then on, the cuckoo’s song is also a lament that calls out for the cow:“ku, ku, ku!”
Collection item number 211442

Steinbarg, Eliezer
Di mame mit di finf zin
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Montreal: 1946 (7 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A one-page story. Once upon a time, a mama had five sons. When a gang of thieves demands that she give up one of her sons, they all stand up against the thieves and scare them away.
Collection item number 213261

Steinbarg, Eliezer
Mayselekh fun Breyshes
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Czernowitz: 1923 (15 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The Steinbarg tale “Vi azoy di feygelekh hobn gelernt khumesh.”
Collection item number 211032

Steinbarg, Eliezer
Viazoy di feygelekh hobn gelernt khumesh
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Iasi: 1948 (15 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Steinbarg’s parable of the birds and the Bible.
Collection item number 211155

Steinbaum, Israel
Leyenbikher far der idisher shul 1
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New York: Ertsiyung, 1924 (160 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Summary: This is a child-friendly collection of fifty-three poems and short stories intended for eight- to nine-year-olds in their second semester of Yiddish. The pieces increase in difficulty as the type size changes from large to normal. Most are clever stories of children or animals, without reference to time or place. The pieces are by many well-known authors and include such early works as a children’s rhyme by the novelist Der Nister and a short story by the poet Malka Tussman. Also included are a few translations from H. C.Andersen and others. This is volume one of a six-volume series.
Collection item number 208261

Steinbaum, Israel
Shpilbukh far kleyn un groys
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New York: Arbeter-Ring, 1921 (128 pages)
Illustrated by Aharon Gudlman
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
An anthology of children’s games, divided into such sections as: counting- rhymes; word-games; games played with nuts; seek and find games; mimicry games; and other themes.
Collection item number 201614

Steinberg, Judah
Dertseylungen
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New York: Idish-natsyonal arbeter farband, 1926 (146 pages)
Edited by Sh. Shapiro
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A collection of thirteen of Steinberg’s stories in intermediate Yiddish. Difficult vocabulary is glossed on each page. Each story is followed by questions for discussion. The editor prefaces the stories with a brief biography.
Collection item number 210354

Steinberg, Judah
Fragn
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New York: M. N. Mayzel, 1918 (32 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Four Hebrew short stories, from a series of books by the same author and translator, present issues of morality: A boy questions such inequities as the furniture maker’s empty house; an arrogant rich man brings ruin on himself through hatred of his poor neighbors; two brothers are estranged through the wickedness of their wives, but reconcile and force their wives to change (a very unmodern story); two boys imitate the character of their respective fathers (one stingy, one generous), and each gets a fitting reward from a magical stranger. The writing is clear and direct with action and dialogue.
Collection item number 204525

Steinberg, Judah
In yene teg
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Montreal: Yidishe shul, 1971 (39 pages)
Edited by A. Indlman, translated by M. H., illustrated by Ezekiel Schloss
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
An abridged translation of Steinberg’s fictional account of Jewish children kidnapped to fulfill the needs of the czarist “cantonment” system. Difficult vocabulary is glossed on each page.
Collection item number 204341

Steinberg, Judah
Shimen ikh zol azoy lebn/ Di farsholtene printsesin/ Di gefangene kale
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New York: 1918 (32 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Three short stories.
Collection item number 213275

Strugatch, Moishe
In heln tog
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New York: Aroysgegebn fun a komitet fun lerer un tuer, 1960 (124 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Rhymed poems, some short, some moderately long, as well as two songs (music is included) and two short stories. Themes include school, the outdoors, evening, wintertime, and Jewish holidays.
Collection item number 208883

Strugatch, Moishe
Der letster prints
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New York: A grupe lerers, 1952 (96 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A queen gives birth to a king’s long-awaited heir and hires a local woman as a nursemaid. One day the baby goes missing, and the nursemaid replaces it with her own child without telling the parents. The prince grows into an admirable young man, but as he is about to take the reins of power the people begin to revolt against the king, led by another charismatic youth. The story closes with the establishment of a republic and the resolution of mistaken identities.
Collection item number 209044

Swift, Jonathan
Kleyne menshelekh
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New York: Hebrew Publishing Company, 19– (92 pages)
Translated by D. M. Hermalin
May be suitable for advanced
An adaptation of Gulliver’s Travels.
Collection item number 211643

Tabachnikov, Khaskel Khaimovich
Danye
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Kharkov: 1934 (78 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Three stodnyeper.
Collection item number 212829

Tajchman, M.
Mayn yor
Warsaw: 1938 (168 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
A novel about a teacher in a Jewish secular school in Poland.
Collection item number 212834

Tarant, Deborah
Kinder: onfanger lernbukh farn ershtn yor
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New York: 1931 (160 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
A language and reading text for school use. Amply illustrated. It appears to be aimed at children who already have vernacular command of Yiddish. The book begins with simple reading practice passages and ends with substantive prose and poetry pieces. The reading texts contain many ref- erences to the Soviet Union and to Lenin.
Collection item number 212831

Tarant, Deborah
Mayn alefbeys
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New York: 1937 (79 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
A reader designed for first grade at the Jewish workers’ school. Teaches the alphabet with rhymes, images, and simple exercises. Emphasizes Jewish trades in brief readings about tools, work, a farm, a cobbler, a tailor, firemen, a baker, and a carpenter.
Collection item number 207830

Tarant, Deborah
Mayn bukh
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New York: 1938 (89 pages)
Illustrated by Moris Pas
May be suitable for beginner
This language primer and workbook is intended for children who have learned the alphabet and can read a little. It contains stories, fables, poems, and riddles on a variety of themes, including nature, animals, and daily life. In keeping with its ideological slant, the book contains some sketches on labor, rich and poor, Soviet Russian, and Birobidzhan. All Hebrew words are spelled phonetically.
Collection item number 202827

Taytsh, Yakov
Di naye mashin
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Moscow: Emes, 1935 (78 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Ten short stories.
Collection item number 212835

Tencer, L.
Mayselekh far kinder
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Montreal: [1970] (36 pages)
Illustrated by Rita Briansky
May be suitable for intermediate
A number of short stories, including a couple of fables by Eliezer Steinbarg and adaptations of folktales.
Collection item number 205381

Tetyurev, V. A.
Natur visnshaft
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Kharkov: 1934 (95 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
A school text on geology intended for the third grade. Translated from Russian.
Collection item number 212839

Teyf, Moyshe
Parizsher komune
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Minsk: 1933 (18 pages)
Illustrated by L. Ran
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A long rhymed poem about the stirring saga of the Paris Commune. Louis and Madeleine, two young siblings, figure prominently in the action.
Collection item number 212836

Tkatch, Meyer Ziml
Dos taykhl katshet zikh oyfn baykhl
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Chicago: Tseshinsky, 1933 (62 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
This is a collection of short poems (mostly one page or less) written in a variety of meters. The major theme in the poems is nature, e.g., the first section contains poems about rain, the second about snow and cold, etc. There are poems about the sky, seasons, and winds. In addition, there is a section of poems on animal fables.
Collection item number 207893

Tolstoy, Leo
In shlakht hoyz
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Chicago: 1915 (15 pages)
Translated by H. Goldblum
May be suitable for advanced
A translation of Tolstoy’s “Na Boinie”/ “In the Slaughter House.”
Collection item number 207893

Tolstoy, Leo
Lev Tolstoy far kinder
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Vilna: Tomor, 1928 (183 pages)
Translated by Gitl Meisel
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A collection of Tolstoy’s fables and stories. Tolstoy, Lev Nikolaevich
Collection item number 207808

Tolstoy, Lev Nikolaevich
Zamlheft
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Vilna: Naye Yidish folksshul, 1929 (15 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Two short prose pieces and three very short dramatic sketches from Tolstoy. The dramatic sketches discuss children’s views of work and wealth.
Collection item number 213579

Tret’iakov, Sergei Mikhailovich
A khinezish yingl
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Warsaw: 1935 (183 pages)
Translated by M. Taykhman
May be suitable for advanced
Translated from Russian. This book was also translated into English as Chinese Testament: The Autobiography of Tan Shi- Hua as Told to S. Tretiakov.
Collection item number 212956

Trotsky, Leon
Ahin un tsurik
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Kiev: 1926 (92 pages)
Translated by L. R.
May be suitable for advanced
Memoirs and diary entries from 1907.
Collection item number 212957

Tsipor, I.B.
Der ligner
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Warsaw: 1922 (50 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A two-act play with nine parts.
Collection item number 212960

Tsipor, I.B.
Nakhes fun kinder
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Warsaw: 1922 (51 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A two-act play with ten parts.
Collection item number 212964

Tsurmilien, Herminia
Dos groye hintl
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New York: Idishe shul, 1939 (19 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
Benji is a young slave on a southern plantation. He saves the life of Groykop, a small dog ordered killed by the plantation owner. His mother is sent away to the master’s daughter household, after which his father ceases to be the good worker he was and he is sold, leaving Groykop as Benji’s only friend. When Benji is old enough to work, he is beaten and decides to escape, which he does with the help of a blond man with a wagon. Groykop sacrifices his life fighting with a slave-tracker to give Benji time to get away. It is very much a young child’s book in the overly simple plot. The dog’s sacrifice is rather more sad than uplifting.
Collection item number 212540

Turgenev, Ivan Sergeevich
Mumu
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Odessa: 1935 (42 pages)
Translated by Der Nister
May be suitable for intermediate
A story about the cruel suffering that was the lot of the peasant in prerevolutionary Russia. Gerasim, a mute peasant, has only one comfort in life, a stray dog that he has rescued and named Mumu. Mumu displeases Gerasim’s cold and disdainful land- owner, who eventually orders the dog destroyed. This Gerasim does himself…
Collection item number 212966

Twain, Mark
Der prints un der betler
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Vilna: B.A. Kletzkin, 1923 (290 pages)
Translated by Z. Vendrof
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A translation of The Prince and the Pauper.
Collection item number 212969

Twain, Mark
Dos royte kaylkhele
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New York: Yidishe shul, 1939 (16 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
A heartwarming tale set in England during the rule of Oliver Cromwell. A little girl captivates Cromwell’s heart and immediately saves her father’s life.
Collection item number 202837

Ushakov, G.A. (Georgii Alekseevich)
Di Robinzons fun dem Vrangel indzl
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Kharkov: 1932 (30 pages)
Translated by I. Shtulman
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A story of harsh living and survival on Wrangell Island in the Arctic north. The type is light and difficult to read in some passages.
Collection item number 212977

Vagner, Yu
Mayses vegen der erd
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Vilna: 1917 (72 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Stories of the natural history of the earth, for example the formation of mountains, the formation of coal inside the earth, the formation of rock, the geology of the inner earth. Also includes anecdotes about the famous eruption of Vesuvius, and Vesuvius today. Includes a brief Russian/Yiddish glossary. Translated from Russian. Page 34 is completely blurred.
Collection item number 212986

Vaserman, Shneur
Dobele
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Buenos Aires: 1946 (120 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Simple rhymed verse. A collection of poems on a wide variety of themes that would appeal to children.
Collection item number 207284

Vaserman, Shneur
Kind un keyt
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Buenos Aires: 1936 (73 pages)
Illustrated by Yankev Mitler
May be suitable for intermediate
Short rhymed poems on children, family, animals, and other topics that would appeal to children.
Collection item number 213307

Vaserman, Shneur
Shvelbelekh
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Buenos Aires: 1938 (77 pages)
Illustrated by Yankev Mitler
May be suitable for intermediate
A collection of rhymed verse. Themes include nature and the seasons, family, and animals.
Collection item number 213612

Vasertsug, Zalman
Far di kinders-vegn
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Buenos Aires: 1938 (77 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A collection of stories and dramatic skits. Themes include home, school, and life in the city.
Collection item number 213305

Vayzl, L.
Di ayzheyl
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New York: Idishe shul, 1939 (18 pages)
Translated by Ya’akov Levin
May be suitable for intermediate
This is a short (16 pages) charming tale of how King Solomon was compelled to right a wrong which he had committed. It contains all the elements of a fairytale including the king, his daughter, and the loyal would-be suitor. The latter eventually triumphs by ful- filling the king’s manipulative, unrealistic requests. There is a one-page Yiddish/ Yiddish glossary at the end. The targeted audience is the second-year Yiddish student who has a good working Yiddish vocabulary.
Collection item number 203341

Veynberg, Yehude
Kinder pyesn
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New York: 1929 (32 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Four very short dramatic skits. Two, “Sdom” and “Khoysekh mitsrayim,” are on familiar biblical themes.
Collection item number 213288

Vladimirsky, V.
A kop in shtaygl
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Kiev: 1930 (47 pages)
Translated by Z. Skuditski
May be suitable for intermediate
Three stories about life in China.
Collection item number 213296

Vtoraya, I.
A barn-epl
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Kiev: 1930 (30 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
Vaske and Mishke learn about the wonders of fruit cultivation when visiting an orchard.
Collection item number 213298

Vynnychenko, Volodymyr Kyrylovych
Fedke khalemitnik
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Kiev: 1926 (40 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A story by the Ukrainian statesman and writer.
Collection item number 213292

Waletzky, Tsirl
Mol un dertseyl
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New York: 1963 (47 pages)
May be suitable for beginner, intermediate
A coloring and story-telling book. Black-and-white pictures are accompanied by Yiddish vocabulary. Children color the pictures and write stories in Yiddish to go with the pictures. Includes an English/Yiddish glossary.
Collection item number 213302

Wasserman, Jakob
Peruaner gold
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Warsaw: Kinder-fraynd, 1934 (48 pages)
Translated by Moyshe Taykhman
May be suitable for advanced
A fictionalized treatment of the conquistador Pizarro’s campaign against the Incas.
Collection item number 213308

Weinhaus, Note
Nikolay Shtshors
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Minsk: 1936 (51 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
An anthology celebrating Nikolai Shchors, hero of the postrevolutionary civil war, who died leading his troops against the Ukrainian nationalists in 1919.
Collection item number 212988

Weinper, Zishe
Der gildener hon
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Warsaw: Kinder-fraynd, 1937 (16 pages)
Illustrated by V. Vital
May be suitable for intermediate
Short, simple rhymed verse about children and animals.
Collection item number 213309

Weinreich, Max
Di geshikhte fun beyzn beyz
Warsaw: Kinder-fraynd, 1937 (29 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Poor Gabi, a little boy, is tormented in his sleep by the mischievous letter “beyz.”The other letters of the alef-beys are outraged, and after they find the beyz hiding in Chaver- Paver’s volume of children’s stories on page 40, they bring the beyz to trial. They decide upon his fate: banishment from the alef-beys. But this brings all manner of woes! The remaining letters must appeal to Gabi to forgive the beyz before all is well again.
Collection item number 212234

Weinstein, Bernard
Bilder fun yidishn arbeter-lebn in Amerike
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New York: 1935 (139 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Commencing with his own emigration from Odessa in 1882, the author describes life among the first Russian-Jewish immigrants on New York’s Lower East Side. Chapters focus on working life, sweatshops, strikes, tenement houses, overworked housewives, child labor, the author’s conversion to socialism, Samuel Gompers and the start of the Jewish labor movement, the Haymarket bombing in Chicago, union activities, birth of the radical Jewish press,Yiddish theater, founding of the Workmen’s Circle, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, and Yiddish labor poets. It concludes with a chapter on Jewish unions from Morris Hillquit’s 1934 autobiography (in Yiddish translation).
Collection item number 203573

Weisman, Gabriel
Fun mayn sod
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Tel Aviv: Yisroel-bukh, 1988 (168 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A collection of stories and poems. Some of the pieces are suitable for children or beginning students of Yiddish.
Collection item number 207404

Weisman, Nochem
Lidelekh mayne
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New York: 1940 (41 pages)
Illustrated by Nochem Weisman
May be suitable for beginner
Short rhymed poems. The title of each poem represents a letter of the Yiddish alphabet (including the specifically Yiddish letter combinations). Themes are of animals, nature, children, and children at play. The print is difficult to read in a number of places.
Collection item number 213311

Weisman, Nochem
Dos meydele mitn roytn kleydele
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New York: 1926 (40 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
This book contains twenty short pieces—some in verse and some in prose—about a little girl in a red dress and her adventures with various birds and small animals. Hebrew words and names are spelled phonetically. The text was originally printed in green.
Collection item number 204002

Weissenberg, Isaac Meir
A shtetl
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Moscow: Emes, 1933 (108 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Weissenberg’s famous novella about revolutionary ferment in a Polish shtetl. An appendix analyzes selected themes in the text. A glossary defines difficult vocabulary.
Collection item number 213313

Wells, H. G. (Herbert George)
Ug-lomi
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Kiev: 1927 (87 pages)
Translated by L. R.
May be suitable for advanced
A translation of the Wells story “A Story of the Stone Age.”
Collection item number 210985

Werber, Shyfra
Niseles trer
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Brussels: 1950 (46 pages)
Illustrated by Benn
May be suitable for intermediate
A tale in rhymed verse about young Nisele’s tear, which travels the world seeking help for Nisele’s parents after they are taken away by the Nazis. There is nobody who will help, but when all the tears shed by all the children unite, they are able to make a miracle happen.
Collection item number 213610

Wilde, Oscar
Der gliklekher prints
Moscow: 1921 (18 pages)
Translated by Zalman Wendroff
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A translation of “The Happy Prince.”
Collection item number 213316

Wilde, Oscar
Der yunger kenig
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Warsaw: 1911
Translated by Y. V.
May be suitable for advanced
A translation of the Wilde story “The Young King.” The type is light and difficult to read in some places.
Collection item number 213318

Winiecki, Jose
Tsvey mayselekh
Mexico: 19– (29 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
Two stories. In “Der kleyner berele un der groyser ber,” young Berele wanders in the woods and has an encounter with a bear. It’s quite an adventure, but he comes out all right in the end, having learned not to leave home alone. In “Di zun un dos zumer-feygele,” the sun learns not to laugh at the butterfly’s humble efforts to fly to the heavens.
Collection item number 213319

Workmen’s Circle
Di yugnt redt
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New York: 1934 (64 pages)
May be suitable for advanced
Eleven essays by middle school students from the Arbeter Ring and other New York secular Yiddish middle schools. The thoughtful and well-written essays cover subjects such as “Assimilation,”“The Yiddish Youth Movement in America,”and “Yiddish Organizations in America.” There are also five student essays on various aspects and influences of the Bund in America.
Collection item number 208291

Yehoash
Yehoash zamlheft
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Vilna: 1930 (15 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A short Yehoash anthology, including a portion of his memoirs and a sampling of his poetry. Several of the poems have been set to music, for which notation is included.
Collection item number 213320

Yeramitsky, Inzh
Telefon un telegraf
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Kharkov: 1936 (33 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The story of the telephone and telegraph in straightforward prose. The type is light in some places and difficult to read. There is a chart of Morse code (“Morzes alefbeyz”) but this is one of the pages that is difficult to read.
Collection item number 213321

Yerusalemchick, Nochum
Fablen
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New York: Spetsyale oysgabe far dem Arbeter Ring, 1918 (32 pages)
Illustrated by Lola (Leon Israel) and A. Abramovitsh
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
A selection of fables in rhymed verse.
Collection item number 207945

Yerusalemchick, Nochum
Der feter Elye
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Montreal: 1946 (6 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
Who is this coming on the road? Is it Uncle Elye? It is! He’s come a long way to see us, and he’s brought a big pack with him. Is there something in the pack for us? There is—a sweet pear for each of us children! A tale in simple rhymed verse.
Collection item number 207945

Yerusalemchick, Nochum
Likhtike minutn
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New York: Arbeter Ring, 1932 (159 pages)
Illustrated by Nota Koslowsky
May be suitable for intermediate
The author presents a sampling of poems, ranging in length from two stanzas to ten pages. They include a mix of animal fables, odes to nature and seasons, retelling of biblical and later Jewish history, paeans to workers and May Day, and the tale of an eventful wedding. The writing is impersonal, but in a simple style that makes the poems accessible to several age groups.
Collection item number 200980

Yidale, A.
Di mayse mit der bobitse
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Botosani: 1932 (14 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
A tale in rhymed verse. A bobe has many laughing, active, hungry children. When she goes out to gather food, a sly bear tries to trick the children into opening the door, but the children are too clever. When the bobe returns, the bear flees, and the children rejoice elaborately.
Collection item number 213323

Yofe, Yudl
Artshik bruk
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Moscow: Emes, 1934 (37 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
The adventures of a young worker-lad growing up.
Collection item number 213325

Zabare, Natan
Khevre
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Minsk: 1933 (21 pages)
May be suitable for beginner
Four short stories: “Radio-stantsye,” “An emeser geburt-tog,” “Lernen muzn ale kinder,” and “Hans der pioner.”
Collection item number 213326

Zabila, Natalia
Der vald-tseyler
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Odessa: 1934 (15 pages)
Translated by Leib Kvitko
May be suitable for beginner
Simple rhyming verse that teaches counting to twelve by counting flora and fauna in the woods.
Collection item number 213498

Zacher, A. S.
Idishe geshikhte in 1000 fragn un entfers
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Montreal: 1938 (118 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate, advanced
Jewish history in questions and answers, organized in chapters according to historical period.
Collection item number 207520

Zarzar, V.
Derlang Sovetishe dirizhablen
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Minsk: 1931 (27 pages)
Translated by M. D. and N. V.
May be suitable for advanced
A book about dirigibles.
Collection item number 213327

Zel’din, Iashe
Zyamele matros
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Moscow: 1941 (38 pages)
Illustrated by G. Inger
May be suitable for intermediate
A tale in rhymed verse. Young Zyame is entranced by his uncle’s tales of brave action in the Red Fleet. Zyame wants to be a sailor, too, and steals away to great adventure (in his dreams).
Collection item number 213329

Zerubavel, May
Kleyne heldn
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Buenos Aires: 1949 (24 pages)
May be suitable for intermediate
Three stories about the brave exploits of young Jews during the years when Israel was founded. The photographs are dark and difficult to see.
Collection item number 213330

Zola, Emile
Koylngreber
Vilna: 1926 (20 pages)
Translated by Solomon Bastomski
May be suitable for advanced
Excerpts from the Zola novel Germinal, exposing the exploitation of French coal miners.
Collection item number 213332