Jewish Values: Haym Salomon: American Patriot

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40 p.
Author Rubin delivers an excellent biography of patriotic financier Haym Salomon, important Jewish hero of the American Revolution. She discloses little known facts about his spying, enabling her to stress his wartime derring- do and deliver a spirited, engaging, ever interesting story that includes, but is not bogged down by, his more widely known financial achievements. The pictures are another story. The color scheme is good, the layout enhances action, but the figures confuse the reading level. No doubt their cartoonish nature intends to lighten the text but they also trivialize it. The big noses on every character, including the dog, remove the stereotype from Jewish figures, but they are demeaning for all. These caricatures continually shout cute, detracting from the story’s importance.
10: 0-8109-1087-x; 13: 978-0-8109-1087-4.
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