MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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, Rifka Takes a Bow, published by Kar-Ben Publishing, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, is a unique book about a vanished time and 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, Betty Rosenberg Perlov, as a little girl.
“A memoir told with love and nostalgia . . . Unusual and unabashedly charming.”
The comic, dramatic, and musical performances of the Yiddish Theater provided a shared experience for Jewish immigrants from different parts of the world who had a language in common, but sometimes little else. With dreamlike artwork by Japanese illustrator Cosei Kawa and striking depictions of Yiddish culture, Rifka Takes a Bow paints a breathtaking vision of the magic of theater in a bygone era.
“Vividly capturing a bygone New York, ‘Rifka Takes a Bow’ also celebrates the enduring pleasures of childhood.” —The New York Times
“A memoir told with love and nostalgia . . . Unusual and unabashedly charming.” —starred, Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
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 acquired an advanced degree in Speech Pathology. But in her heart she has always been an artist; the publication of 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.
About the Illustrator
Cosei Kawa, lives in the ancient capital of Tokyo, Kyoto. She has an MA in Illustration from University College Falmouth in the United Kingdom. In her work she uses a variety of mediums including acrylic, watercolor, collage and digital effects. She won the Macmillan Prize for Children’s books in 2007.
About the Publisher
Kar-Ben Publishing, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, publishes up to 20 new titles of Jewish content each year, growing a significant Jewish library for children and families.
$17.95 Hardcover, Jacketed
32 Pages ● 9 1/4 x 11
To Purchase: Visit your local bookstore , order by phone at 800-328-4929, or visit www.karben.com.