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A Queen to the Rescue: The Story of Henrietta Szold, Founder of Hadassah

Henrietta Szold took Queen Esther as a model and worked hard to save the Jewish people. In 1912, she founded the Jewish women's social justice organization, Hadassah. Henrietta started… Read More →

  • Lexile: 970
  • Copyright: 2021


Moment Magazine

A Queen to the Rescue: The Story of Henrietta Szold, Founder of Hadassah (by Nancy Churnin with illustrations by Yevgenia Nayberg) begins with Henrietta Szold’s birth in Baltimore in 1860. The book covers Szold’s achievements even before and beyond the Hadassah era (who knew that Szold…

Jewish Book Council

“Churnin’s com­pre­hen­sive and inspir­ing text, paired with Nayberg’s rich mul­ti-lay­ered, expres­sive, and art­ful mixed-media illus­tra­tions, bring to life this remark­able woman who was long over­due for a pic­ture book biog­ra­phy.” — Rachel Kamin, Jewish Book Council


Association of Jewish Libraries

“Churnin portrays the organizational skill and human kindness of her subject with love and admiration. She expands the main text with comprehensive back matter that includes additional historical information, facts about the Purim holiday and a timeline. Nayberg’s stylized cubistic…


School Library Journal

“Using concise but informative text, Churnin does an excellent job of introducing this dynamic woman in a picture book format . . . [while] Nayberg’s modernist, expressionistic illustrations effectively capture Henrietta’s powerful persona.”—starred, School Library Journal


Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

“Readers will see the impact of Szold’s work for immigrants, orphans, Jewish publications, and healthcare in Palestine as well as find themselves in awe of how one person can change the world.”—Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle


Publishers Weekly

“Elegant, assured prose (‘The air was thick with tears for lost loved ones’), accentuated by facts and data, will keep readers absorbed alongside Nayberg’s engrossingly abstract, fluid illustrations, tinted in rich hues of blue-green and red. A moving biography of a lesser-known…


Midwest Book Review

“Exceptionally informative, well organized, thoroughly ‘kid friendly’ in presentation, ‘A Queen to the Rescue’ is the highly recommended picture book biography of Henrietta Szold and especially and unreservedly recommended for . . . young readers ages 8-13.”—Midwest Book Review


Kirkus Reviews

“A powerful introduction to a little known, very brave woman.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews"


School Library Journal Online

“A worthwhile addition for any library looking to expand picture book content on powerful women.”