“I was disappointed,” she recalls. “But I didn’t give up. I just kept writing because I felt compelled to write. I had something to say.”
It was not until many years later, as Smith Hyde was raising a family and had become a Jewish educator, that she began writing books dealing with Jewish subjects but that explored both Jewish and universal values.
“I feel writing is a big responsibility,” Smith Hyde said. “Children are very precious, and I want to make sure that I write something of value, something that teaches.”
Penny Schwartz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.