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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 22, 2013 Typhoon Haiyan relief provided by Jewish groups Typhoon Haiyan over the Philippines on Nov. 8. NASA By Penny Schwartz BOSTON (JTA)--A gift- giving, angst-ridden purple gorilla is among the char- acters who help enliven the Chanukah celebrations in eight new holiday books for children, families and young adults. One, "With a Mighty Hand," is not about Chanukah but will be a treasured gift to add to a family's bookshelves. Tilda Balsley, the author of many children's books, in- cluding four Jewish-themed "Sesame Street" titles about Grover, Big Bird and friends, brings two new offerings, "Eight is Great" and "ABC Hanukkah Hunt." "Thank You For Me!" is perfectly timed for the con- fluence this year of Chanu- kah and Thanksgiving. For young adults, award- winning writer Ruth Feld- man in a coming-of-age novel spins an intricate tale of historical fiction and fantasy set in 1964 Berkeley, Calif., at the dawn of the city's free speech movement. Here are the new titles for Chanukah: "Eight is Great" Tilda Balsley, illustrated by Hideko Takahashi Kar-Ben ($5.95 board book, $4.95 eBook) Ages 1-4 Simple rhymes and illus- ( Jewish groups organized relief efforts fol- lowing Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. Authorities said it is possible that more than 10,000 people died from the storm. "We immediately activated our networkofglobal partners andwill leverage our previous experience in the region to provide immediate, strategic relief to survivors in their time of need," Alan Gill, CEO of The American Jewish Joint Distri- bution Committee (JDC), said in a statement. The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) is collecting donations that will be distrib- uted to aid groups working in affected areas. "The URJ's General Disas- ter Relief Fund enables the Reform Jewish community to respond quickly to all types of disasters, swiftly allocating funds directly to aid groups working in affected areas with the guidance of the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief (JCDR). Recent relief efforts have included hurricanes, floods and wildfires in North America, Haiti, and Sudan," URJ Senior Vice President Rabbi Daniel Freelander told in an email statement. JCDR is a JDC initiative. Also collaborating with JDC is the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) umbrella. JFNA's Emergency Committee "is coordinating the Federation response with JDC and its global disaster relief partners," according to a press release. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Filipino people suffering from this terri- ble storm's unimaginable destruction," said Cheryl Fishbein, chair of the JFNA Emergency Committee. The American Jewish Com- mittee and B'nai B'rith Inter- national are both contribut- ing to Israeli relief organiza- tion IsraAID for humanitarian efforts to assist the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. "It's hard to even imagine the widespread devastation they're experiencing in the Philippines. Each disaster has its own unique challenges and this one will truly be a giant undertaking," B'nai B'rith President Allan J. Jacobs said in a statement. The relief efforts "are espe- cially poignant for us given the Philippines's life-saving actions during the Second World War when the country offered safe haven to more than 1,000 Jewish refugees New books: Marvelous menorahs, purple gorillas and back to '64 Berkeley trations enliven the colorful toddler board book that plays on the theme of the eight nights of Chanukah. "Thank You For Me!" Rick Recht; illustrated by Ann Koffsky Jewish World Publishing ($10) Ages 1-3 The illustrated lullaby, which can be read or sung, encourages young ones to appreciate themselves and all that surrounds them. A free download to Rick Recht's companion song, "Kobi's Lullaby," and a link (www. to a color- ing page by illustrator Ann Koffsky are included. "ABC Hanukkah Hunt" Tilda Balsley; illustrated by Helen Poole Kar-Ben ($17.95 hardcov- er; $7.95 paper; $6.95 eBook) Ages 3-8 A lively rhyming alphabet romp through Chanukah provides plenty of entertain- ment for young kids. Each large-format page is filled with cartoon-like illustra- tions and a simple riddle that can be solved by looking at the pictures of flames on a menorah, a maze to Jeru- salem's Holy Temple and plates full of sugar-coated doughnuts, or sufganiyot. "Sadie's Almost Marvelous Menorah" Your in fleeing the Nazi onslaught," said JDC's Gill. American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is also collect- ing disaster funds. "As Jews, we must act together to help those in need in the wake of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan," Ruth Messinger, president of AJWS, told in an email statement. "We are asking American Jews and others to donate funds so that we can provide urgent aid to local groups in the Philippines that under- stand their own communities and what survivors need to recover from this heartbreak- ing disaster. 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To read my Glorying Client Testimonials and my BIO!!!!! Member Congregation Ohev Shalom Parent of 2 Jewish Academy Alumni Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando Supporter REAl. ESTATE SERVICES Julie Fortenberry's color- ful illustrations allow kids to tell the story through the expressive and energetic art. "The Eighth Menorah" Lauren L. Wohl, illus- trated by Laura Hughes Albert Whitman ($16.99 hardcover) Ages 4-7 In this delightful story, a young boy named Sam makes a Chanukah meno- rah in Hebrew school using a shiny rock he picks at a park outing. But he frets: What will his family do with one more menorah? In phone conversations with his grandmother, Sam confides that he's keeping a special Chanukah secret for the family. Their relationship feels authentic and warm. Readers will wonder along with Sam as he tries to figure out the perfect new home for the menorah. Laura Hughes' illustra- tions convey a contempo- rary, real-world feel. Grand- ma lives in a condo in an urban high-rise, and there's a refreshingly diverse group of kids at Hebrew school. Rules for how to play dreidel are included. "Esther's Hanukkah Di- saster" Jane Sutton, illustrated by Andy Rowland Kar-Ben ($17.95 hard- cover. $7.95 paperback, $6.95 eBook) Ages 4-9 Poor Esther: The endear- Kar-Ben Publishing The title aside, Esther the purple gorilla and friends cel- ebrate the holiday in "Esther's Hanukkah Disaster." ing purple gorilla is look- ing forward to celebrating Chanukah with her jungle friends, but all the gifts she selects turn out wrong. Worse, the friends give her the "perfect" Chanukah gifts. But Esther makes it all right at a Chanukah party where good friends celebrate together and swap the gifts. "Esther's Hanukkah Di- saster" is a new favorite book for Barbara Krasner, the author of many chil- dren's stories who is active in the Association of Jewish Libraries. "The illustrations are hysterically funny," she writes in an email. For young adults "The Ninth Day" Ruth Tenzer Feldman Ooligan Press ($13.95) Older teens and up Hope Friis, the teen pro- tagonist here, has an envi- able relationship with her grandfather, who as his health declines gives Hope the gift of a tallit that be- longed to her grandmother, Miryam, for whom she is named. The blue threads woven into the tallit call forth a mysterious visitor, Serakh, who beckons Hope on a journey back in time to 11th century Paris, where she is challenged to save the life of a Jewish baby. The mature material, which includes references to LSD and tragic Jewish history during the Crusades, is not overly dark or depress- ing. Through curiosity and courage Hope, who has a stutter, finds her own voice as she faces toth, conse- quential decisions. The book takes place dur- ing the eight days of Chanu- kah, which that year fell very close to Thanksgiving, as it does this year. Great for a gift "With a Mighty Hand: The Story in the Torah" Adapted by Amy Ehrlich, paintings by Daniel Nevins Candlewick ($29.99) All ages Readers of any age will sa- vor the beautifully designed "With a Mighty Hand," Amy Ehrlich's adaptation of the five books of the Torah with stunning art by Daniel Nev- ins. Based on the original biblical text, Ehrlich ap- proaches the Torah's stories as a lyrical narrative. She includes the nuanced details and weaves a story line that brings the characters to life as humans, with strengths and flaws. Nevins' illustrations draw from a rich palette of purple, red, brown, blue and ocher. In a full-page illustration of one of Joseph's dreams, a copper-skinned Joseph stands tall and regal in his multicolored coat looming above the stars and moon. A two-page Torah geneal- ogy, Ehrlich's introduction and end notes offer read- ers helpful explanations to supplement the narrative.