Gali Girls, Inc. 48 Cranford Place, Teaneck, NJ 07666
(201) 862-1989 www.galigirls.com
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CONTACT: Lee Stein, firstname.lastname@example.org (201) 862-1989
MEET REYNA LI FROM KAIFENG, CHINA
THE NEWEST CHARACTER IN THE GALI GIRLS JEWISH HISTORY SERIES
Latest book and doll for young Jewish girls explores the fascinating history of Jews in China in 1175.
TEANECK, N.J. (June 30, 2006) – Reyna Li is a bright and bold 12-year-old Jewish Chinese girl living in Kaifeng, China in 1175. Reyna is the second in a series of books and dolls that teach young Jewish girls about Jewish values and Jewish history. Whether girls are fascinated by this heroine’s ability to understand the true character of those she meets, or are inspired by her acts of courage in the face of real danger, Reyna is sure to attract readers with her adventurous spirit and the love and commitment she shows for those she loves.
Reyna and the Jade Star, written by award-winning author Robin Levinson, takes readers on a Silk Road adventure with Yehuda Li and his beautiful 12-year-old daughter, Reyna, who possesses a powerful ability to interpret body language. Reyna's gift helps Yehuda become a successful trader, but also alienates Reyna from all her friends. When the mysterious Mr. Virat makes Yehuda an offer he can't refuse, Reyna's intuition leads her into a daring rescue attempt in the desert hundreds of miles from home. In addition to providing historical background, the book introduces children to the silk-making business, which was a major component of Old China’s economy. Information on Jewish religious practices and beliefs, Confucianism, and commerce are also woven into the tale.
A beautiful 18-inch Reyna doll will also be available, complete with a pair of matching Jade and Garnet Magen-David necklaces (for doll and for owner). Dressed in a light blue traditional Chinese brocade dress with matching shoes, Reyna comes packaged in a royal blue presentation box, with complete care instructions.
Reyna and the Jade Star has been praised by numerous Jewish organizations and families who have adopted children from China. Susan M. Katz, National Chapter Coordinator of Stars of David: A Jewish Adoption Information & Support Network feels that "with so many Chinese girls being adopted by Jewish-American families today, it is wonderful to see that they will have a doll and book that not only reflects their special identity but also teaches them the amazing history of the Jews of China!"
Reyna and the Jade Star, book and doll, will be available in July 2006 through www.galigirls.com and major Judaica retailers throughout the U.S. A lesson plan will be available to religious and public school teachers who wish to use the book as an educational tool, and author Robin Levinson will be visiting schools to read the story to children and engage them in an exciting and thought provoking discussion about Jewish communities throughout the world.
For review copies of Reyna and the Jade Star, or further information about the origin and development of the Gali Girls doll line or book series, please call Lee Stein at (201) 862-1989.
Reyna and the Jade Star
Author: Robin K Levinson
Illustrator: Drusilla Kehl
72 pages, full-color illustrations
Juvenile Historical Fiction/Judaica
Ages 7 and up
$12.00 ISBN: 0-9773673-1-2
PUB DATE: July, 2006