Next Year in Jerusalem: 3000 Years of Jewish Stories

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Jerusalem is a city that captures the imagination. This beautifully-illustrated collection of eleven timeless stories, folktales and legends celebrates the unique spirit of the city in which everything is holy, even the dust under one’s feet. Share these stories with someone special, as the state of Israel reaches it’s 50th anniversary on May 14th, 1998. This beautiful collection of Jewish stories is true to its heritage....[The] paintings, in soft sunset watercolors, reflect the dreamy, hopefilled tone of the ...
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Overview

Jerusalem is a city that captures the imagination. This beautifully-illustrated collection of eleven timeless stories, folktales and legends celebrates the unique spirit of the city in which everything is holy, even the dust under one’s feet. Share these stories with someone special, as the state of Israel reaches it’s 50th anniversary on May 14th, 1998. This beautiful collection of Jewish stories is true to its heritage....[The] paintings, in soft sunset watercolors, reflect the dreamy, hopefilled tone of the stories. -- Kirkus Reviews Howard Schwartz is a top anthologist and collector of Jewish folktales. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Neil Waldman also illustrated The Passover Journey (Viking and Puffin) and many other children’s books. He lives in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

Jewish stories set in Jerusalem, adapted from the Talmud and Midrash, Hasidic sources, and oral tradition, with origins in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Spain, Italy, and Greece.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Reverent, peaceful watercolors in rainbow hues accompany this collection of Jewish stories adapted from a variety of sources that explain ancient customs and history, such as the importance of tzedakah, or charity, and the miracle at King David's tomb. All ages. (May)
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This is the kind of book that needs to be longer. It's only 56 pages long, but that's not enough for this reader. The stories span three thousand years - from legends of Jerusalem's founding all the way to Hasidic tales - and catch the spirit of the holy city beautifully. Waldman's illustrations are superb, and Schwartz is a master storyteller. Jewish readers may be especially moved by some of the tales but, like Jerusalem itself, this book is for everyone. For ages 8 and up to read alone, or 6 and up to read with an adult.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-A collection of 11 Jewish folktales and legends from around the world, all centering on the city of Jerusalem. Stories are taken from the Talmud and Midrash, from folklore, or from mystical or Hasidic sources. The selections, printed in readable typeface, take up two-thirds of the page width, while in the wide margin, Schwartz has provided commentary on the story. From Iraq's oral tradition comes ``The Bird of Happiness,'' a fairy tale that recalls the Exodus story as a magic bird guides wanderers in the desert to Jerusalem. ``The Mountain That Moved,'' from ninth-century Italy, may have been written to explain an esoteric psalm (22:22) by King David centuries before. ``The Vampire Demon'' from first-century Greece, pits the wisdom of King Solomon against the vampire who tries to stop the building of the Temple. From 19th-century Spain comes the ``Princess of Light.'' Like many of these tales, it can be read on two levels-as a fairy tale or as a parable. Waldman has suffused the pages with the peach-colored dawns, golden sunlit days, and turquoise and lavender twilights of Jerusalem. His masterful watercolor artwork makes this fine anthology an outstanding selection.-Marcia W. Posner, Holocaust Memorial and Educational Center of Nassau County, Glen Cove, NY
Ilene Cooper
nger for reading aloud. Schwartz, an accomplished folklorist, has collected Jewish folktales, midrashim, and legends with ties to Jerusalem and presents them here in a handsomely illustrated book. He begins with a brief history of the city, both its actual history and the one of legend, from which these stories come. The tales, which originated in places like Iraq, Eastern Europe, Spain, and, of course, Israel, cover a wide range. There's the legend of Serah bat Asher, who lived hundreds of years after being blessed by Jacob when she told him his son Joseph was alive; there are tales of King David and his son Solomon, stories of peace, generosity, and God's love. Sidebars set the tales in a factual framework, and all are lovingly illustrated by Waldman in a dreamy style colored with the golds, pinks, and blues that shine from the real city of Jerusalem.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670861101
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.23 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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