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The Answered Prayer: And Other Yemenite Folktales
     

The Answered Prayer: And Other Yemenite Folktales

by Sharlya Gold, Mishael Maswari Caspi
 

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Yemenite Jews were the victims of harsh laws and persecution, yet out of their troubled lives came tales of joy as well as of sorrow. When the Jews left Yemen for Israel, the stories came with them, reflecting their culture, their heritage, and their struggle to survive. Mishael Caspi collected these stories and translated them for Sharlya Gold, who adapted them

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Yemenite Jews were the victims of harsh laws and persecution, yet out of their troubled lives came tales of joy as well as of sorrow. When the Jews left Yemen for Israel, the stories came with them, reflecting their culture, their heritage, and their struggle to survive. Mishael Caspi collected these stories and translated them for Sharlya Gold, who adapted them for children. The wonderful illustrations by Marjory Wunsch highlight the authenticity and spirit of Yemenite Jewish life. This collection of 12 folktales, originally published by JPS in 1990, is sure to entertain new readers and introduce them to the rich lore of this ancient culture.

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Ottawa Jewish Bulletin

"A valuable addition to Jewish Kid Lit and good reading for the whole family."—Ottawa Jewish Bulletin
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-- This collection of folklore reflects the beliefs and traditions of the Yemenite Jews. While the stories provide a glimpse of a lifestyle that is both exotic and unusual, the themes are traditional and appear in other Jewish folklore and in Bible stories. God intervenes indirectly in man's affairs to save threatened communities; prayers are answered in unusual and unexpected ways. Miserliness is punished, while charitable acts are recognized and rewarded. Clever answers to challenges or questions prove or establish legitimacy of claims. The stories will appeal to children, but they vary greatly in quality of writing. Some are well told; others are lackluster and marred by heavyhanded humor and/or moralizing. Each story is accompanied by one black-and-white woodblock-style illustration; these lack subtlety and sophistication and do little to enhance the text. A collection to be sampled and enjoyed selectively by those interested in this unique segment of the Jewish population. --Susan Kaminow, Arlington County Public Library, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780827607729
Publisher:
The Jewish Publication Society
Publication date:
02/23/2004
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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