Diamond Tree: Jewish Folktales from Around the World

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"A beautifully designed collection comprises fifteen Jewish tales that span many centuries and come for the most part from countries of the Middle East, Africa, and eastern Europe. There are stories that readers will recognize as familiar tales, moral tales that teach lessons, and there is even a story about a giant who went with Noah on the ark. [Caldecott medalist] Uri Shulevitz's watercolors . . . add just the right touch of wit and fantasy." —H.

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Overview

"A beautifully designed collection comprises fifteen Jewish tales that span many centuries and come for the most part from countries of the Middle East, Africa, and eastern Europe. There are stories that readers will recognize as familiar tales, moral tales that teach lessons, and there is even a story about a giant who went with Noah on the ark. [Caldecott medalist] Uri Shulevitz's watercolors . . . add just the right touch of wit and fantasy." —H.

Notable Children's Books of 1992 (ALA)
Notable 1991 Children's Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)
Children's Books of 1991 (Library of Congress)

Author Biography: Howard Schwartz has edited three collections of Jewish folklore: Elijah's Violin & Other Jewish Fairy Tales, Miriam's Tambourine: Jewish Folktales from Around the World, and Lilith's Cave: Jewish Tales of the Supernatural. Mr. Schwartz lives in St. Louis, MO.

Barbara Rush has edited Jews of Kurdistan and Seventy and One Tales for the Jewish Year: Folktales for the Festivals. She lives on Long Island, NY.

Uri Shulevitz has illustrated The Fool of the World & the Flying Ship: A Russian Tale, retold by Arthur Ransome, for which he received the 1969 Caldecott Medal. He lives in New York, NY.

A collection of Jewish traditional nursery tales from many different countries.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ten folktales feature both new and familiar characters: Noah and King Solomon rub shoulders with giants and witches. "These tellings roll trippingly off the tongue," said PW. All ages. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
These fifteen short gems are classic Jewish tales. But they are universal in spirit, and in fact some of them are distantly related to Grimm or Perrault. They are also meant to instruct as well as entertain, and they do a great job of both. The "Sources and Commentary" at the end is fascinating. Highly recommended. 1998 (orig.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064406956
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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