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Jewish Lights Publishing, a small press in Woodstock, Vt., knows something simple but important about books for kids. Combine good stories or interesting content with illustrations that captivate and hold kids' attention, and you've got a keeper. Jewish Lights is willing to go the extra mile to achieve attention-getting visuals, something readers cannot take for granted in a time of spiraling costs for color illustrations.
Review of But God Remembered, by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, illustrated by Bethanne Andersen (Jewish Lights, 1995).
But God Remembered is a feminist collection of stories about four fascinating women from the Old Testament: Lilith, Serach, Bityah and Zelophehad. I wish I had been able to read this fascinating collection as a child, when I often was interested in the women in the stories but unable to find any information about them. Lillith, tradition tells us, was Adam's first wife. In But God Remembered, Lillith's story involving her departure from the Garden of Eden is all about her quest for equality. Serach, the granddaughter of Jacob, has a musical talent that leads to the responsibility and honor of telling Jacob that Joseph is still alive. Perhaps the most unusual tale is of Zelophehad, whose five daughters, after the death of their father, ask Moses to inherit their father's land, since he left no sons. Because Moses cannot make the decision, the daughters speak directly to God, who grants them a place in the Promised Land. The illustrations for this intriguing collection of stories are dramatic and colorful and will appeal to all ages, although the stories are geared for ages 9 to 12.