Butterflies under Our Hats

Butterflies under Our Hats

by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Joani Keller Rothenberg
     
 

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"Once there was a town called Chelm where there was no luck. If something could go wrong, it did. The roofs of the houses always leaked. The sidewalks were cracked. The gardens grew only weeds. Nothing was ever right." So begins best-selling children's author, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso (nearly 500,000 copies of her books are in print), in this charming,

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"Once there was a town called Chelm where there was no luck. If something could go wrong, it did. The roofs of the houses always leaked. The sidewalks were cracked. The gardens grew only weeds. Nothing was ever right." So begins best-selling children's author, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso (nearly 500,000 copies of her books are in print), in this charming, original story inspired by a Jewish folktale. Through her remarkable storytelling, Sandy Sasso has brought to life the mythical town of Chelm, and created another classic for reading aloud and discussing with children.


Butterflies Under Our Hats has been selected as a finalist for the Koret International Jewish Book Award in the BabagaNewz Children's Literature category! Congratulations to the author and illustrator!


Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-The author of God's Paintbrush (Jewish Lights, 1992) tries her hand at a story set in the old-world town of simpletons made popular through Jewish folklore. Stripped of any of the usual Yiddish-tinged humor or sense of place, the story revolves around the human desire for luck and need for hope. The plot is simple. After searching everywhere, the people of Chelm despair of ever finding any luck. One day a strange, beautiful woman with a purple hat comes to town and tells them that there is something better than luck. She tells them to try to capture hope, in the form of butterflies, under their hats. When they find they cannot, they despair again at their bad luck. But when they look under their hats again, they find that the butterflies have left a faint powder-a trace of hope-and that was all they needed to be happy. The book is clearly meant to serve as a discussion starter about what is important in life, but as a story, it falls a bit flat. The illustrations and design are lovely, especially the bright and appealing oil paintings of butterflies, but this fanciful tale has no roots in any Eastern European village.-Lisa Silverman, Sinai Temple Library, Los Angeles Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781557254740
Publisher:
Paraclete Press
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 12 Years

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