Adaptation of classic Yiddish tale wins top Sydney Taylor award


013015_mishmash_israelBOSTON — A new adaptation of a classic Yiddish tale and folk song is among the winners of this year’s Sydney Taylor Book Awards for children’s books.

The awards, which are presented annually by the Association of Jewish Libraries, also went to a graphic novel and a retelling of the Noah story for teens, the association said in a statement this week.

“My Grandfather’s Coat,” by Jim Aylesworth and illustrated by Barbara McClintock, took the coveted prize in the younger readers category. The story is about a young girl who narrates the life of her immigrant tailor grandfather, all in rhyming verse, and was adapted from a traditional Yiddish song. As his handmade coat becomes worn, it gains a new life as a jacket, a vest, a tie and later a toy for a grandchild.

“Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust,” by Loic Dauvillier, Marc Lizano and Greg Salsedo, won in the older reader category. The graphic-style novel, which features colorful cartoon-like illustrations, reveals a grandmother’s story of how she and her mother were kept alive through the Holocaust with the help of courageous neighbors and families.

In “Storm,” a novel by Donna Jo Napoli that won in the teen category, a teenage girl stows away on Noah’s ark and provides a behind-the-scenes look at Noah, his family and the animals they cared for in close quarters.

Six honor books and 16 notable books also won awards, which will be presented in June.

The awards are named for Sydney Taylor, author of the classic “All of A Kind Series,” the tales of an immigrant Jewish American family originally published in the 1950s. The sequels were reissued recently by Lizzie Skurnick Books.

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