The Magic Pomegranate: A Jewish Folktale (On My Own Folklore)

by Peninnah Schram

Other authorsMelanie Hall (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2008





Millbrook Press (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 48 pages


Three handsome and clever brothers compete to find the world's most unusual gift. Includes a note on doing good deeds, or mitzvot, and discusses the symbolism of the pomegranate in Judaism.


Physical description

48 p.; 8.27 inches


0822567466 / 9780822567462



User reviews

LibraryThing member mrichter
I have found Pomegranates are fascinating to children. My son calls them the jewel fruit. This jewish folktale is about a princess who is looking for the most nobel man to marry. The winner of her hand in marriage is "he who performed the greatest good dead, because he gave up something of his own" that being the magic pomegranate. This is a great book with fascinating illustrations. Would be great when introducing fo;lklore to children.… (more)
LibraryThing member annashapiro
Three brothers travel to foreign lands and 10 years later, bring back a unique object each, to share with each other. The oldest brother, who has traveled to the west, brings back a crystal ball which allows him to see to the far corners of the kingdom. The second brother brings back a magic carpet which will take the rider anywhere he wants to go. The youngest brother finds a magic pomegranate from a tree that disappears! When the brothers meet 10 years later, the first brother takes out his crystal ball to share with his brothers and immediately sees a sick & dying princess, daughter of King Solomon. The second brother takes out his magic carpet and the three brothers are able to be at the princess's side in no time. The youngest brother feeds the princess some of his pomegranate, and its magic heals her sickness. The King promises the princess's hand in marriage to the man who heals her, but which brother really saved her? The brothers quarrel. The oldest brother identified the problem, the middle brother got them to the kingdom, and the youngest brother's fruit was the medicine. The wise young princess asks them each a question which determines her husband. She asks each of them if they lost anything in the process of giving? Only the youngest brother really lost part of his pomegranate, which means that he gave the greatest gift. The princess marries him and the brothers agree and all live happily ever after in the kingdom.… (more)
LibraryThing member mschurchill
This was a neat little tale I'd never heard before (granted, I'm not Jewish). I liked its "lesson" along with the author's note and glossary at the end.
LibraryThing member toribori19
A story about three brothers and their search for magical items. Each brother finds a different item and returns in ten years to tell what he had found. When sharing their gifts the three brothers learned of a princess that was on the verge of death. With their magical gifts each one goes and helps the princess, but only the pomegranate really saves the princess' life and the power of giving selflessly.… (more)
LibraryThing member Ms.Kunz
An interesting tale of brotherly adventure, cooperation, and competition with a lesson that sacrifice for the gain of others is valued. We have the motif of princess as commodity again, but she has some choice in the matter and demonstrates wisdom in exercising that choice.
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Part of the On My Own Folklore series, which presents early readers with world folktales adapted to their reading level, The Magic Pomegranate was originally collected in Peninnah Schram's Jewish Stories One Generation Tells Another.
A cumulative tale of three questing brothers, each of whom sets out to discover an extraordinary gift, and who use those gifts to heal a sick princess, this engaging story has elements that will appeal to both girls and boys. Folktales are an ideal method of communicating important cultural, religious and ethical values, and as Schram notes in her afterword, this tale embodies the Talmudic concept of self sacrifice as the highest form of "mitzvah," or good deed.

With the brief author's note, glossary, and list of further reading, this title is both entertaining and educational. I recently read and reviewed Schram's collection, The Hungry Clothes and Other Jewish Folktales, which I greatly enjoyed, and was consequently quite happy to find another children's book by the same author.
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