By Richard Michelson
What a beautifully illustrated story of friendship between two boys—one Jewish and one black. It is a great conversation starter for elementary-age children as slavery, Nazism and segregation issues are lightly introduced. See how two friends who live “Across the Alley” defy the ethnic and racial stereotypes by taking on each other’s seeming crafts of baseball and violin. It is a sweet story of friendship and support that crosses color and cultural boundaries.