Shlemiel Crooksby Anna Olswanger, Paula Goodman Koz (Illustrator)
"In the middle of the night on a Thursday, two crooksonions should grow in their navelsdrove their horse and wagon to the saloon of Reb Elias Olschwanger, at the corner of 14th and Carr streets in St. Louis. This didn't happen yesterday. It was 1919." So begins Anna Olswanger's charming folktale Shlemiel Crooks, the story of Reb Elias and the/i>
"In the middle of the night on a Thursday, two crooksonions should grow in their navelsdrove their horse and wagon to the saloon of Reb Elias Olschwanger, at the corner of 14th and Carr streets in St. Louis. This didn't happen yesterday. It was 1919." So begins Anna Olswanger's charming folktale Shlemiel Crooks, the story of Reb Elias and the thieves who try to steal his Passover wine. Based on a true story, Shlemiel is an imaginative introduction for young children to the history of Passover, as Pharaoh and a town of Jewish immigrants play tug-of-war with wine made from grapes left over from the exodus from Egypt. A modern-day parable, Shlemiel has a music all its own. In its Yiddish-inflected English, punctuated by amusing curses, young readers hear the language of a Jewish community of another time, while delighting to brilliant illustrations on every page. The New York Times Book Review called Shlemiel Crooks "well told and illustrated." Booklist noted, "Shtetl humor and magic realism come to St. Louis in 1919 in this wry Pesach story . . . The best thing here is Olswanger's Yiddish storyteller's voice, particularly the hilarious curses she weaves into the story. Great for reading aloud." It was named 2006 Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Young Reader's Category from the Association of Jewish Libraries and a 2005-2006 Koret International Jewish Book Award Finalist in the BabagaNewz Childrens' Literature category.
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.86(w) x 10.66(h) x 0.34(d)
- Age Range:
- 7 - 9 Years
Meet the Author
Anna Olswanger is the coordinator of the Jewish Children's Book Writers' Conference each fall at the 92nd Street Y in New York, and is a literary agent with Liza Dawson Associates in Manhattan. She teaches writing at the Center for Training and Education at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and Hospital. She lives in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.
Illustrator Paula Goodman Koz was born in Peru and grew up in Philadelphia, the West Indies, Central America, Pittsburgh, and Riverdale, New York. She settled in Manhattan and enrolled in a printmaking program at the National Academy of Design. She also studied at the New School, and has been a freelance illustrator in New York. She lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.
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