Rifka Takes a Bow

A slice of immigrant life on New York's Second Avenue.

By Betty Rosenberg Perlov Read by Elizabeth Cottle Children’s Fiction / Historical / Jewish English, Unabridged 9m Sell Sheet Also available on
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1 Audio CDs July 28, 2015 $9.99 $9.99 9781681411644 Add to Cart
							Rifka's parents are actors in the Yiddish Theater, and one day she finds herself center stage in a special role!

"A nice addition to collections wishing to highlight the American Jewish experience." - School Library Journal

"Children won't know what the Yiddish theater was (until they read this title's informative afterword), but that doesn't matter much. Here, the focus is on the magic of performing and the wonder a little girl feels when she is - accidentally - on stage. In a direct first-person voice, Rifka begins by telling readers how Papa pastes on a mustache, and Mama puts on a white wig; suddenly they are old. Life can be fun for the child of thespians - stopping at the Automat for snacks and wearing makeup for fun. But when Rifka hits the boards, she is the one who gets the applause. Author Perlov, now in her late 90s, is the daughter of Yiddish theater thespians, so much of what she writes is from her own memories. Kawa's imaginative mixed-media artwork, reminiscent of Pamela Zagarenski's stylistic pictures, captures the fantasy world of the theater. A few photos at the end give a better idea of New York's Lower East Side. As the old rye bread ad used to say, you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy this." - Booklist