Rifka Takes a Bow: 10/23/13
Rifka Takes a Bow by Rebecca Rosenberg Perlov is a memoir in picture book format. Young Rifka helps out back stage while her parents perform on stage. One day she gets distracted with her explorations back stage and poof! she's on stage. What's a budding young actress to do?
Through a combination of Rifka's musings about life in the theater and Cosei Kawa's folksy illustrations, readers are introduced to the theater, and more specifically, Yiddish Theater. It's a very inviting introduction to a type of theater that has all but vanished.
As it happens, Rebecca Rosenberg Perlov did perform in Yiddith Theater with her parents. There's an explanation at the back of the back of the book. I think the story and the short biography would be a good starting point for teachers / parents to talk about the theater and Jewish culture with children.
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