Mother-Daughter Collaborations

My mother and I worked on these books together; I wrote the text and she did the illustrations.

Yona Zeldis McDonough Childrens BooksTHE LIFE OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: An American Original
Illustrated by Malcah Zeldis

McDonough chronicles Franklins significant accomplishments and contributions in clear, simple prose that captures both the essence of the extraordinary man and of the times in which he lived. Zeldis’ trademark folk-art illustrations are bright and vibrant. —School Library Journal

Yona Zeldis McDonough Childrens BooksHAMMERIN’ HANK: The Life of Hank GreenbergMeet one of America’s earliest Jewish-American heroes. The 1930s were a time when “outsiders” were not welcome in Major League Baseball. Henry Benjamin Greenberg began as one of those outsiders, but went on to become one of baseball’s greatest right-handed batters. Hammerin’ Hank dominated baseball from 1933 to 1948 and was eventually inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. But Hank Greenberg was more than an amazing athlete. While Jews had been playing baseball since the 1800s, Hammerin’ Hank was baseball’s first Jewish superstar.
Yona Zeldis McDonough Childrens BooksANNE FRANK
Illustrated by Malcah Zeldis

A biography that introduces young children to the story of the Holocaust follows Anne Frank who, by studying, writing in her diary, and putting up pictures of film stars, bravely tries to retain a sense of normalcy in the face of turmoil.

Yona Zeldis McDonough Childrens BooksSISTERS IN STRENGTH: American Women who Made a Difference
Illustrated by Malcah Zeldis

Eleven American heroines come alive in these accessible biographies illustrated with vibrant paintings. Told with graceful simplicity, these marvelous stories of passion, wisdom, and unyielding fortitude will encourage a new generation of readers to find role models in the pages of history. Those included are: Pocahontas, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Emily Dickinson, Clara Barton, Mary Cassatt, Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, and Margaret Mead.

Yona Zeldis McDonough Childrens BooksPEACEFUL PROTEST: The Life of Nelson Mandela
Illustrated by Malcah Zeldis

A biography of the black South African leader who became a civil rights activist, political prisoner, and president of South Africa. “Against the tide of history, Mandela brought peaceful change to a country that was heading for civil war. An excellent biography by McDonough highlights the turning points that made such a result possible…. McDonough’s dignified narrative is complemented by the illustrations of her mother, Malcah Zeldis, whose bright colors and flat perspectives give equal weight to the remotest detail and break down the distance between subject and viewer.” NY Times Book Review

Yona Zeldis McDonough Childrens BooksGOD SENT A RAINBOW AND OTHER BIBLE STORIES
Illustrated by Malcah Zeldis

More than a dozen Bible stories are retold for children and illustrated with the unique folk paintings of well known artist Malcah Zeldis.The stories are clear , exciting and compelling. The vibrant paintings serve as a vivid complement to the stories. A must for parents who want their young children to appreciate the beauty of the Bible in stories and art.

Yona Zeldis McDonough Childrens BooksEVE AND HER SISTERS: Women of the Old Testament
Illustrated by Malcah Zeldis

Here are 14 women of the Bible—wives, mothers, and daughters, but also prophets and judges, warriors and queens—whose names and deeds echo through history. Sarah, Rachel, Deborah, Ruth, Esther, and others are brought vividly to life in this collection of simply-told Bible vignettes.

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