Rifka Takes a Bow

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

By Betty Rosenberg Perlov Illustrated by Cosei Kawa Read by Elizabeth Cottle Children’s Fiction / Historical / Jewish English Age group 3-8 9m Sell Sheet Also available on
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1 Video DVD July 28, 2015 $29.99 $29.99 9781681411583 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 gateway to the magic of live stage performances (which) offers a behind-the-curtain look at what goes on backstage..” - School Library Journal (video review)

"...adaptation of Betty Rosenberg Perlov’s charming tale about young Rifka, whose parents are actors in the Yiddish Theater. This delightful presentation not only fuels some dreams but introduces youngsters to one facet of the American Jewish experience." - Booklist (video review)

"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