Naomi's Song

Naomi's Song

by Selma Kritzer Silverberg
     
 

“Silverberg immerses the reader in the era, giving us insights into the experiences and qualities that made Naomi such a strong and dedicated woman.”—Beliefnet.com;

“...This narrative features an old-fashioned style, yet its strong, resilient female characters display an inner strength that adds a very modern, universal appeal...it’s

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“Silverberg immerses the reader in the era, giving us insights into the experiences and qualities that made Naomi such a strong and dedicated woman.”—Beliefnet.com;

“...This narrative features an old-fashioned style, yet its strong, resilient female characters display an inner strength that adds a very modern, universal appeal...it’s the romance and adventure that will keep readers turning pages. A natural choice for religious collections...”—ALA Booklist

A modern midrash for teenage girls

Set in the fortified city of Bethlehem and the mountainous towns of Moab, this young adult novel imagines the life of the biblical Naomi and her deep friendship with her daughter-in-law Ruth. It traces Naomi’s suffering at the hands of warring tribes; her struggles as a woman of low rank in the ancient world; and Ruth’s and Naomi’s perseverance, both individually and together. Filled with adventure and romance, this modern midrash is a story of personal growth, female friendship, and the power of inner strength.

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Beliefnet Editors

"Silverberg immerses the reader in the era, giving us insights into the experiences and qualities that made Naomi such a strong and dedicated woman."—Beliefnet.com
ALA Booklist

"This narrative features an old-fashioned style, yet its strong, resilient female characters display an inner strength that adds a very modern, universal appeal . . . it’s the romance and adventure that will keep readers turning pages. A natural choice for religious collections."—ALA Booklist
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This is a charming book. It was written in the 1950s as a sixteenth birthday present for the author's daughter, but for various reasons it lay untouched until 2005, nearly forty years after she began to write it. After her death, her daughter discovered it, realized its appeal to modern teenagers, and was able to have it published. The story is very simple—it is an elaboration of the Biblical story of Naomi and her daughter-in-law, Ruth, who remained with her after the deaths of both of their husbands. Although the style is slightly dated, this book is very readable and relevant to modern times. One point that is not usually made in children's versions of these stories is how difficult life was in those days, especially for women and most especially for widows. If women were of a different culture from their neighbors—Hebrews rather than Moabites, for instance—questions would always arise about differences in customs. "Where are your idols," for instance, which has no answer at all for a Hebrew. "We don't have them," is simply not understandable. When Boaz falls in love with Ruth and marries her, Naomi is thrilled, but the most thrilling event of all is the birth of their first child, and Naomi is asked to name him! This book is recommended and not just for Jewish libraries. Reviewer: Judy Silverman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780827608863
Publisher:
Jewish Publication Society
Publication date:
02/16/2009
Pages:
142
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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