Come, Let Us Be Joyful!: The Story of Hava Nagila

Come, Let Us Be Joyful!: The Story of Hava Nagila

by Fran Manushkin, Rosalind Charney Kaye, Rosalind Charney Kaye
     
 
�It is a fine thing to be joyful. And is anything more joyful than coming home after a long journey? I�m going to tell you a story about a song and a journey home that took two thousand years!� So begins this charming picture book, which brings to life the real history of �Hava Nagila��a song that is sung at Jewish simchas and baseball games alike!

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�It is a fine thing to be joyful. And is anything more joyful than coming home after a long journey? I�m going to tell you a story about a song and a journey home that took two thousand years!� So begins this charming picture book, which brings to life the real history of �Hava Nagila��a song that is sung at Jewish simchas and baseball games alike!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
One of the best known of Jewish melodies is the joyful Hava Nagila, the one played at weddings and festivals, at any gathering where a Jewish tune is needed by the secular world, at camps and schools everywhere. Here is a tale of how that melody was carried to the Holy Land by Jews returning from thousands of years of exile, and of how it came to have words. Manushkin's writing is as joyful as the tune—"He told his music class, 'Boys, listen to this song.' Well, some boys listened, and some did not." And Kaye's pictures are a perfect accompaniment, their pastels ranging from the barren browns of the land's years of exile to the rich greens of its rebuilding by the pioneers. Only on one page does she falter, changing Moshe's face for some reason—a trap she falls into in others of her books also. Still, this is a beautiful and happy book that should find a large audience among music lovers as well as children who like a good story. 2000, UAHC, $12.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Judy Chernak

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807407318
Publisher:
URJ Press
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Pages:
29
Product dimensions:
8.08(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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