Emily Schneider is a writer living in New York. Her work has appeared in Tablet, The Forward, Family Reading at The Horn Book, and other publications. She reviews children’s and young adult books at The Jewish Book Council and writes for their Prosen People blog. She blogs about children’s literature at imaginaryelevators.blog/.
As a Jewish holiday approaches — any Jewish holiday — many parents and grandparents look forward to reading with children books about what to expect.
But Purim poses something of a problem.…The story of this festival includes Jewish courage and triumph, but it also features explicit violence, which is difficult to separate from the exciting tale. There are winners and losers — and the losers don’t fare well in the end. Basically, Purim is a holiday about Jewish courage and survival, with some hard to avoid… >> Read More