This is a charming portrait of childhood in the Russian market town where the great painter and his wife grew up. Bella's warm, humorous stories of her pious Jewish family are illustrated by 36 of her husband's pen-and-ink line drawings.
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Abrashke afraid asleep Bashinke Bashke basket beard begins Bella Chagall benediction blessing blows Book of Esther breath bride brothers burning candles cards chair chometz cold comes cook courtyard dark door drags dress drop eyes face fall father feet fingers flame give glass grandfather Gut yom-tov haggadah Haman hands Hanukkah Havah head hear heart holiday horse hurry Ivan jump kiddush kitchen latkes legs light little flame look matzah mikvah mother mouth nose palm branch Passover piece Pinye plates pray prayer Purim push Reb Laib rebbe Sabbath samovar Sasha says scroll seder seems Selichot shake shining shofar shul silver Simchat Torah sleigh smile snow stands stop street suddenly sukkah Sukkot tablecloth tall teacher tears thick thing Torah turn voice waiting wall warm weeping whole window wine