Rachel the Clever, and Other Jewish Folktales

by Josepha Sherman

Book, 1993



Call number

J 185 SHE



Little Rock : August House, 1993.


American Bookseller Pick of the ListsAlthough the 46 tales in this collection are as varied as their origins, nearly all of these stories have been passed on by immigrants to America. As a result, this collection is a world tour between two covers, but not at the expense of the unifying element common to these stories: their uniquely Jewish flavor of ..".doing the right thing, on surviving by cleverness and kindness and on the need for keeping a good sense of humor." Sherman's collection includes magical tales; stories about clever folks; tales of ghosts, gilguls, and other strange things; fables that deal with doing the right thing; and stories about the delightfully silly Wise Men of Chelm. Entertaining and illuminating story notes give additional information on the origins and different versions of the tales.… (more)

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LibraryThing member samib
This was a very funny and charming read. Each story is only a few pages long, short enough to entertain the very young, older children, and older grownups too. Each story is characterized by humor, cleverness, and often some little life lesson as well. Something that people of all cultures can
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Teachers and librarians could use this title for curriculum or seasons recognizing Jews, related to folktales, or just for fun storytelling to children of all ages.
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LibraryThing member bostonian71
Short collection of competently told tales, but somewhat generic ... pales in comparison to "Miriam's Tambourine", which has far more variety and gives more context for each story.

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087483306X / 9780874833065

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