Jewish Story Finder: A Guide to 363 Tales, Listing Subjects and Sources

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A subject guide to hundreds of Jewish stories, this book's purpose is to help teachers, rabbis, librarians, folklorists, parents, and storytellers find the right story to match their need. It also will lead educators to a wealth of Jewish stories on universal themes for use in multicultural programs for all ages.

The stories are numbered for easy reference and grouped in broad categories—for example, God, faith, and prayer; rabbinic wit and wisdom; tricksters and fools; festivals and holidays. For each story, a list of tellings (author and book title) provides numerous options for the story seeker, and a list of keywords connects the story subject categories.

Two cross-referenced indexes make locating stories easy, whether by subject keywords or by title. An appendix lists recommended stories for children of different ages, from lower elementary through middle school. The bibliography of almost 200 story collections and picture-book tales gives the information needed to locate a source for every story in the book.

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Editorial Reviews

AJL Newsletter
a thoughtful, beautifully executed piece of work and a welcome addition to the field of Jewish children's literature...a handy reference tool...carefully-prepared guide
Jewish Book World
the book that Jewish librarians, teachers, and storytellers have been waiting for has finally arrived, fulfilling almost all of our high expectations...marvelous source...highly recommended
"a very useful source...suitable for multicultural programs... a good addition"
Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter
"A thoughtful, beautifully executed piece of work and a welcome addition to the field of Jewish children's literature."
Jewish Book World
"The book that Jewish librarians, teachers, and storytellers have been waiting for...a marvelous source...highly recommended."
"A very useful source...suitable for multicultural programs... a good addition."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786421923
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/6/2005
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Barcan Elswit has been working as a children's librarian for nearly thirty years. She currently teaches in New York City. She writes reviews for Jewish Book World and has published in School Library Journal, Writer's Digest, and other magazines. Visit her website at .

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Table of Contents

Foreword 1
I God, faith, and prayer 11
II The Torah, the Talmud and their study 26
III Biblical characters and events 35
IV Quests for sacred objects and holy encounters in later times 58
V Rabbis : wit and wisdom 76
VI Wonder weavers : tales of magic 88
VII Angels, demons, spiritis, gilguls, dybbuks, and golems : the supernatural 115
VIII Talking animal tales and fables 138
IX Tricksters and fools 148
X Human stories 175
XI Tales for festivals and holidays 199
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