Unable to stand his overcrowded and noisy home any longer, a poor man follows the Rabbi's surprising advice.
“The familiar tale of the simple villager whose house was so crowded and noisy, he went to the Rabbi for help. . .Never has the tale been made into a picture book of such beauty and gusto.” Starred, The Horn Book
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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- Product dimensions:
- 10.27(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.38(d)
- Age Range:
- 9 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
Margot Zemach (1931-89) was born in Los Angeles, California. She began illustrating stories by her husband, Harve, in 1959, and their subsequent collaborations led to many enduring children's books, including The Judge: An Untrue Tale, a Caldecott Honor Book; A Penny a Look, an ALA Notable Book; and Duffy and the Devil, recipient of the Caldecott Medal.
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A great tale for those times in everyone's life when the world has gotten you down. Perfect for helping to develop resilience in young children for future times of whoa. A family favorite.
The Yiddish folk tale ¿It Could Always Be Worse¿ is retold and illustrated by Margot Zemach. It was published in 1976 and it is a 1978 Caldecott Honor book. Zemach was born in 1931 and died on May 21, 1989. She was an illustrator for over forty children books, which were mostly adaptations of folk tales from different places of the world. ¿It Could Always Be Worse¿ is a tale about a poor man, his mother, his wife, and his six children. They live together in a one room hut, and it was very crowded. ¿The hut was full of crying and quarreling,¿ and the man couldn¿t take it anymore. So, one day, he ran to the Rabbi for help. ¿Holy Rabbi,¿ he cried, ¿things are in a bad way with me, and getting worse.¿ He told the Rabbi what was happening, and the Rabbi kindly tells the man to take his farm animals into the hut with him and his family. The man done what the Rabbi told him to do, but things only got worse. The man kept going to the Rabbi for help, but he told the man the same thing each time. The poor man already had a hard enough time living in the one room hut with his family, but now he was living with some chickens, a rooster, a goose, a goat, and a cow. Will things get better for the poor man or will they just keep getting worse? This book is brilliant. It teaches a very important lesson to children, which is to be thankful for what you have. The illustrations are marvelous and very entertaining as well. The text is written very well and the story is just outstanding. Children will definitely have a fun time with this book while reading the wonderful text and looking at the warm illustrations. The reading level for this book is ages 4 to 8. Zemach, Margot. It Could Always Be Worse. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1976.
This is a Yiddish folk tale retold by Margot Zemach. It is a tale of a husband, wife, husband¿s mother, and six children. They live in a one room hut where it is very crowded. Everything is driving the man crazy with all the crying and noise. The man goes to the rabbi for help. ¿Holy Rabbi,¿ he cried, ¿things are in a bad way with me, and getting worse.¿ The rabbi keeps telling the man to add his farm animals into the house. Once all the animals are in the house, the man goes back to the rabbi. This time the rabbi tells the man to let all the animals out of the house. Now, the man is happy and thanks the rabbi for making his life better. This tale is retold and illustrated by Margot Zemach. Zemach¿s career began by illustrating stories by her husband. They collaborated thirteen books together. She has received numerous awards for her books. The illustrations are warm and eye-popping. Zemach, Margot. It Could Always Be Worse. New York: Sunburst, 1976. Reading level: Ages 4-8