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The Sign Is Mendel's Window

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Mendel's sign has the whole town asking questions! Times are tough, so Mendel must rent out half his butcher shop. When a stranger arrives needing a room, he seems the answer to Mendel's prayers. But someone in the village is a thief, and only Mendel's wife can tell who the villain might be. Margot Zemach's illustrations brim over with keen humor and storytelling in this classic tale of life in a small European village.

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Overview

Mendel's sign has the whole town asking questions! Times are tough, so Mendel must rent out half his butcher shop. When a stranger arrives needing a room, he seems the answer to Mendel's prayers. But someone in the village is a thief, and only Mendel's wife can tell who the villain might be. Margot Zemach's illustrations brim over with keen humor and storytelling in this classic tale of life in a small European village.

When a stranger comes to Kosnov and accuses Mendel the butcher of stealing his money, the whole town joins in to show the police who is really guilty.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Caldecott Medalist's illustrations bring just the right combination of warmth and wit to this tale set in a tiny Eastern European village. Ages 4-8. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 A folk-like tale, told with charm and a style apt for its old-world Jewish setting. When a stranger appears in Kosnov to rent space in Mendel's butcher shop, he says his work is thinking. But it seems to be making trouble, for after overhearing Mendel count his weekly earnings, he borrows a horse, goes to the city and returns with two policemen, claiming the money is his and telling them to arrest Mendel. The entire village supports Mendel, but it is Molly, Mendel's wife, who proves his innocence. Zemach's watercolors vividly capture the atmosphere of village life with both humor and affectionchickens in the street, Mendel making frankfurters, the expressions on people's faces. Rich browns and purples predominate in the weathered wooden buildings and street scenes, but there is an effective use of pastels and a bit of brilliant color. These illustrations seem so perfect for the text that one cannot imagine any others. Children will relish the outwitting of the villain and enjoy coming back to these pictures again and again. Ronald Van de Voorde, Graduate Library School, University of Arizona, Tucson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689809798
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 10/8/1996
  • Series: Aladdin Picture Books Series
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.93 (h) x 0.11 (d)

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