BOOK REVIEW: A DAY OF SMALL BEGINNINGS
They say we all have a guardian angel looking after us and you will believe it after reading this book.
The story begins in 1906, in Poland, where Itzik Lieber came to the rescue of three small boys who were being whipped by a Polish peasant. Itzik's nightmare begins when he accidentally kills the Polish peasant.
In an attempt to run away from the angry Poles who were after him, Itzik jumped the wall of a cemetery. From the hundreds of stones at the cemetery, Itzik hid behind one where Freidl Alterman was buried. She died the previous year at the age of eighty-three. She was childless. Back in those days, it was unacceptable for a woman to be childless. She remembered Itzik as "The Faithless One". However, she knew he wasn't faithless that night as he pleaded for God to help him.
A tree nearby snapped. The Poles looked in the direction of Freidl Alterman's grave and shouted "A Jew spirit's out!" They took off because they were afraid of dead Jews. From this day on, Freidl Alterman became Itzik's protector.
Many years later Itzik escapes from Poland. His son, Nathan and his granddaughter, Ellen, each take a journey back to Poland to visit Itzik's hometown. Freidl Alterman's sprit also guides them as they embark on their journey.
While in the town of Zokof, they meet Raphael Bergson, who is the town's last remaining Jew. What does Raphael want from them?
The author, Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum, has written a magical story that will win your heart from the very beginning. The reader will feel many emotions such as the sorrow of Freidl Alterman for being childless and her strong desire to protect Itzik because it is almost like a chance for her to redeem herself. As Nathan and Ellen make their journey back to Itzik's hometown, the reader will also be taken on a wonderful trip guided by the writing style of Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum. Readers will love the character of Freidl Alterman because of her passion for protecting Itzik and his family. You don't come across books like this one very often so be sure to add this one to your reading list. It is one that you will thoroughly enjoy!
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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