Goldie's Purim

by Jane Breskin Zalben

Book, 1991



Call number

E 249 ZAL



Henry Holt & Co (1991), Edition: First Edition, 28 pages


Although Goldie is scared at first, she overcomes her stage fright to play Queen Esther in the synagogue's celebration of Purim.

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LibraryThing member melsmarsh
Very cute little children's book on Purim. Preschool to lower elementary (many words are easy but some words are a bit on the long side so parents should help read for the younger set.) There is a recipe for hamantaschen in the back.
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Goldie is excited to play the role of Queen Esther in her synagogue's Purim play in this charming picture-book from author/illustrator Jane Breskin Zalben, but when the moment comes for her to perform, she is struck by stage fright. Fortunately, she remembers that Queen Esther too must have been
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afraid, and she finds the fortitude she needs to continue...

One of a number of picture-books from Zalben to feature this extended family of bears celebrating the Jewish holidays - others include Happy New Year, Beni, Leo & Blossom's Sukkah and Happy Passover, Rosie - Goldie's Purim pairs an engaging story with cute illustrations. While the cultural and religious background here are Jewish, the central dilemma of the story - getting stage fright - is one with which children of all backgrounds will be able to identify. The back matter includes a discussion of the Purimspiel (Purim play), and a recipe for the Purim treat, Hamantaschen. Recommended to picture-book readers looking for cute Purim tales.
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Physical description

28 p.; 7.75 inches


0805012273 / 9780805012279
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