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While Standing on One Foot; Puzzle Stories and Wisdom Tales from the Jewish Tradition
     

While Standing on One Foot; Puzzle Stories and Wisdom Tales from the Jewish Tradition

by Nina Jaffe, Steve Zeitlin, John Segal (Illustrator)
 

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Here are eighteen stories from the Jewish tradition that challenge you to answer a question or solve a puzzle. When you've done your best, the authors give you answers that have come down through time. Can you outthink the sages, or will they help you out of a tight spot?

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Here are eighteen stories from the Jewish tradition that challenge you to answer a question or solve a puzzle. When you've done your best, the authors give you answers that have come down through time. Can you outthink the sages, or will they help you out of a tight spot?

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"Provocative and entertaining."—New York Times

"A stellar collection that will be read, pondered over, and enjoyed again and again.”—Booklist, starred review

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW's starred review praised the "craftily honed narratives" and "pithy prefatory comments" in this collection of 18 Jewish tales that challenge readers to a test of wits. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-The 17 brief selections in this book come from many eras and places in Jewish history and geography. Among them are ``The Grand Inquistor,'' set in medieval Spain, in which a vicious inquisitor schemes to trick an innocent rabbi into admitting his (and by extension, all the Jews') guilt for a terrible crime. Others tell how a fox outwitted Leviathan, the powerful sea monster; how the boy who would later become King Solomon outsmarted a surly innkeeper; how a jester avoided dying by choosing the right form of death; and how a barren wife kept her husband through cleverness. Those who have read classical versions know that the originals meander, lack drama, and are dull. They have been adapted here so as to be short enough for memorizing and telling; all have a hero, a villain, a challenge, and a punch-line. Introductions supply background information. Just before revealing the outcome of each tale, the teller pauses, sums up the dilemma, and then asks readers what they would do in the same situation. Excellent for group discussions.-Marcia Posner, Federation of New York and the Jewish Book Council, New York City

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805050738
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Nina Jaffe is the author of The Way Meat Loves Salt and the biography of Harold Courlander, entitled A Voice for the People.

Steve Zeitlin is the director of City Lore in New York City. The two authors have also collaborated on a sequel to While Standing on One Foot, called The Cow of No Color.

John Segal's illustrations have appeared in picture books and numerous magazines.

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