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Wonder Child and Other Jewish Fairy Tales

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Giants, undersea realms, shape-changers, heroic adventures--all are gathered together in this lavish collection of eight Jewish fairy tales from around the world. The wonder of each story is gloriously captured by Stephen Fieser's striking full-color pictures. A perfect book for holiday gift giving.

An illustrated collection of traditional Jewish tales from various countries.

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Giants, undersea realms, shape-changers, heroic adventures--all are gathered together in this lavish collection of eight Jewish fairy tales from around the world. The wonder of each story is gloriously captured by Stephen Fieser's striking full-color pictures. A perfect book for holiday gift giving.

An illustrated collection of traditional Jewish tales from various countries.

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Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
A lovely selection of tales retold by masters and illustrated to perfection by Stephen Fieser. These stories come from almost all over the world: Morocco, Egypt, Libya, as well as Poland and the generic "Eastern Europe." But common themes occur a "lovely Jewish girl who sleeps night and day after an evil queen tries to kill her," various giants, demons, omens, a black cat who isn't what she seems, and a determined Jewish mother. This book would be fun to read and retell the stories again.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6Eight tales from Ashkenazic and Sephardic traditions reveal both similarities to familiar European motifs and differences that highlight the stories' Jewish origins. In the title selection, an Egyptian variant of "Snow White" and "Sleeping Beauty," a rabbi and his wife pray for a child on Shavuoth. "The Long Hair of the Princess" is a Libyan tale with the familiar motif of a princess having to choose her husband from among seven deserving suitors. The importance of good deeds is stressed in "The Black Cat," a story from Morocco. Another tale with a Biblical flavor is "The Forest Witch" from Eastern Europe, which reinforces the sanctity of marriage vows. The giant Og makes an appearance in "The Tailors and the Giant," also from Eastern Europe, which explains the origin of tailors' pale faces. The three concluding stories feature more otherworldly characters: "The Rabbi Who Became a Werewolf" and "The Peddler and the Sprite" from Eastern Europe, and "The Purim Dybbuk" from Morocco. Lovely, full-page, full-color illustrations and spot art enhance the mood of the text. Detailed notes provide sources and groupings, and a brief glossary explains the Hebrew and Yiddish words used. A solid collection with magic, mystery, and humor.Susan Pine, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060235185
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.39 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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