Rifka Takes a Bow
Rifka’s parents are actors in the Yiddish Theater in New York, but one day Rifka finds herself center stage in a special role! A slice of immigrant life on New York’s Second Avenue, this is a unique book about a vanished time and a place – the Yiddish theater in the early 20th century―made real through the telling of the true life story of the 96-year-old author as a little girl.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Genre||Picture Books, Social Studies|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Kar-Ben Publishing ®|
|Number of Pages||32|
- Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
- Sydney Taylor Book Award Honor
- Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
- Tablet Magazine Best Jewish Kids Books of the Year
- Kirkus Best Children's Books
The New York Times Book Review
“Vividly capturing a bygone New York, ‘Rifka Takes a Bow’ also celebrates the enduring pleasures of childhood…Written in English, it offers a charming tribute to the droll cadences, reassuring logic and irrepressible humor of Yiddish itself.” —The New York Times Book Review
School Library Journal
“Perlov, herself a child actor in the days of Yiddish radio, paints an affectionate and nostalgic picture of the era with her words. A nice addition to collections wishing to highlight the American Jewish experience.” —School Library Journal
“A memoir told with love and nostalgia….Unusual and unabashedly charming.” —starred, Kirkus Reviews
Author: Betty Rosenberg Perlov
Betty Rosenberg Perlov, age 96, grew up in the Yiddish Theater, where her mother was an actress and her father a producer. Always artistic, she was a "child star" on her father’s weekly Yiddish radio soap opera. In her 50's, she decided to go to college, where she acquired a BA and then, in her 60's, an MS in Speech Pathology. She has always worked hard to share her artistic vision; this book is her triumph. She lives in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, New York and will be personally promoting her book in the New York area.
Illustrator: Cosei Kawa
Cosei Kawa is an award-winning Japanese artist. His many accolades include the CCBC Choices best-of-the-year list, the Sydney Taylor Book Award Silver Medal, and the Turry's Picture Book Award.