How Children’s Books Discovered Their Jewish Roots

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In many ways, 2013 has afforded Jewish children’s literature the big break it has needed for some time — perhaps akin to the widespread attention that Jewish comic books and graphic novels have received for years, with their Jewish mice and superhuman men punching out Hitler.

At the Chicago Humanities Festival in November, Paul Reitter, a professor of German at Ohio State, addressed the Zionist identity that informed Felix Salten’s book, “Bambi.” San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum is showing, through March 23, “Frog and Toad and the World of Arnold Lobel.” And the Holocaust Museum Houston is exhibiting, through June 15, works by the authors of “Curious George” in the traveling show, “The Wartime Escape: Margret and H.A. Rey’s Journey from France.”

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