32pp, color

8.75in x 11in
Juvenile Nonfiction: Social Activism

5 -11
September 2021







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“This book is a must-read for people of all ages and beautifully shows the humanitarian side of a terrific lady, Henrietta Szold. We all can learn from her goodness, kindness and charity in this warm, wonderful story.”
— Jo Reingold, VP, Greater Southwest Region of Hadassah

“Szold’s plea for celebration of our common heritage while tolerating, indeed appreciating, the differences among us concerning religious practice is captivating. I recall her words even to this day when a colleague's position betrays a certain lack of understanding.”

— Ruth Bader Ginsburg

From a letter to a friend’s daughter upon her bat mitzvah: “I am enclosing a souvenir for you about two people I admire, Henrietta Szold, founder of Hadassah, and Anne Frank.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A Queen to the Rescue:

The Story of Henrietta Szold, Founder of Hadassah

By Nancy Churnin

Illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg

Henrietta Szold provides a model for social justice, how to work for it, no matter the obstacles. Her determination and spirit remain an inspiration to women all over the world.

"Henrietta Szold dedicated her entire life to aiding the most vulnerable. As a young child she saw her mother and rabbi father helping escaped slaves in Civil War–era Baltimore. She felt a connection to the Purim holiday and a kinship with Queen Esther, who bravely saved the Jews from the evil Haman. Although women had few opportunities to be heard, Henrietta was determined to emulate Esther and make a difference in the world. She saw Jewish immigrants facing dire poverty and discrimination and took the first of many giant leaps. She opened a night school for immigrants to learn English, and she became the first editor of the Jewish Publication Society. She founded Hadassah—using Queen Esther’s Hebrew name—a women’s organization dedicated to raising funds to address hunger and disease among people of every faith in British-controlled Palestine, and established her own residence there. When Hitler came to power she worked tirelessly to rescue as many Jewish children as possible and, with the support of Hadassah, saved thousands. Churnin presents Szold’s accomplishments with careful attention to historical accuracy. The explanation of Hitler’s extreme actions to destroy all Jews is informative, cogent, and accessible to young readers. The author’s tone is admiring, stressing Szold’s determination, courage, and endless compassion and reiterating her connection to the lessons of Purim. Nayberg employs light and shadow with elongated figures to illustrate the events and express the entire range of emotions felt by Szold, the people with whom she worked, and those whose lives she affected. A powerful introduction to a little known, very brave woman. (author’s notes, timeline, bibliography, photo) (Picture book/biography. 8-13)"

— Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews