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Nobel Prize winner Isacc Bashevis Singer wrote both autobiographical and fantasy tales for children which are deeply rooted in the lost cultural tradition of his native Poland. This very special collection combines the stories he wrote of his childhood with exuberant and timeless tales that can be included among the world's great folk literature.
"Singer's memories of his youth in Poland make a powerful, brilliant children's book. The author lays out a panorama of Jewish life in the city— the rabbis in black velvet and gabardine, the shopkeepers, the street urchins and schoolboys, the poverty, the confusion, the excitement of the prewar time. But even more, the author reveals himself; and the torments and mysteries that plagued him as a child will make his stories fascinating to other children....Reflecting a bygone world, the photographs add a further note of realism and power."—The Horn Book
Posted May 28, 2004
By no means the most important of Singer's work yet these vignettes of his Warsaw childhood can in just a few brilliant lines move deeply . Worth reading just to feel again a world lost , and fleetingly recaptured only on the page.
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Posted November 20, 2001
It was very interesting to see a totally different life then ours. But so many confusing parts and sometimes too much action, I would have to rate it 3 stars. I still do recommend it... an excellent autobiographyWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.