Sholom’s Treasure: How Sholom Aleichem Became a Writer
Farrar Straus, Giroux
Grades 1 - 5
Written by Erica Silverman
Illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
Awards and Honors
Sydney Taylor Book Award, Association of Jewish Libraries, 2006
Mordicai Gerstein's loose, scratchy pen seems just right to illustrate the story of the great Yiddish comic writer's Russian childhood … Mischievous Sholom's spirited personality comes alive both in Gerstein's drawings and Silverman's fluent text.
As Silverman recounts Sholom's evolution as a writer, Gerstein delights in side-by-side panel illustrations that show Sholom aping his classmates, teachers, and relatives. An engaging portrait of a man who asked in his will that his name "be recalled with laughter."