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Raisel's Riddle

Raisel's Riddle

1999 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 9 yrs.
Author: Erica Silverman
Illustrator: Susan Gaber
ISBN: 0-374-361686
Hardcover Price: $16.00
Review:
A moving and memorable recasting of the story of Cinderella is Erica Silverman's East European tale of Raisel, an orphan brought up by her grandfather, a Talmudic scholar. When he dies, he leaves his granddaughter with little but respect and love for learning. Finding work in the home of a distinguished rabbi, she is mistreated by the rabbi's jealous and mean-spirited cook. How Raisel meets the rabbi's handsome son and wins his heart at a Purim play is both believable and magical. Artist Susan Gaber's handsome full-page pastels make Raisel's world our own, and we are fully satisfied when the well-matched couple marry. Deservedly "they lived and learned happily ever after."
Selma G. Lanes   ©1999 Parents' Choice

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