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The book rescuer : how a mensch from Massachusetts saved Yiddish literature for generations to come  Cover Image Book Book

The book rescuer : how a mensch from Massachusetts saved Yiddish literature for generations to come / written by Sue Macy ; illustrated by Stacy Innerst.

Macy, Sue, (author.). Innerst, Stacy, (illustrator.).


Over the last forty years, Aaron Lansky has jumped into dumpsters, rummaged around musty basements, and crawled through cramped attics. He did all of this in pursuit of a particular kind of treasure, and he's found plenty. Lansky's treasure was any book written in Yiddish, the language of generations of European Jews. When he started looking for Yiddish books, experts estimated there might be about 70,000 still in existence. Since then, the MacArthur Genius Grant recipient has collected close to 1.5 million books, and he's finding more every day.

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  • ISBN: 9781481472203
  • ISBN: 1481472208 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 48 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Ages 4-8, K to grade 3.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (page 47).
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader IL: LG; BL: 5.0; AR pts.: 0.5; AR quiz no.: 505090
Awards Note:
A Junior Library Guild Selection.
Subject: Lansky, Aaron, 1955- > Juvenile literature.
National Yiddish Book Center (U.S.) > History > Juvenile literature.
Book collectors > Massachusetts > New Bedford > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Jewish men > Massachusetts > New Bedford > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Yiddish language > Revival > Juvenile literature.
Genre: Picture books.

Available copies

  • 2 of 3 copies available at York County Libraries.


  • 0 current holds with 3 total copies.
Show Only Available Copies
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Glatfelter Memorial Library Kids 020.75 MAC Nonfiction (Text) 34216000991903 Childrens Area Available -
Guthrie Memorial Library: Hanover's Public Library Kids MAC Picture (Text)
Bookplate: Plated 2019: In Memory of Nancy Waltersdorf
34007002389356 Childrens Area Checked Out 12/23/2023
Martin Library Kids MAC Picture (Text) 33454005712211 Childrens Area Available -

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