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The Way Meat Loves Salt: A Cinderella Tale from the Jewish Tradition Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-09-10 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 9 user ratings
ISBN:0805043845
LANGUAGE:English

"In this Jewish Cinderella tale, a man has three daughters who he loves. When he asks how much they love him, the two oldest compare their love to jewels, but his youngest (and favorite) says she loves him the way meat loves salt. He doesn't understand and throws her out, where she is forced to become a beggar and live with a kind rabbi's family far from home. She uses a magic stick she received to make a beautiful dress for herself to attend a wedding and the rabbi's son falls in love with her. This book incorporated Jewish traditions into a traditional fairy tale well, and ending with the girl getting back at her father by showing her what meat without salt actually tastes like. " said.

"What an enjoyable story! Nina Jaffe holds true to the typical Yiddish Folklore style. I would use this book as a study with other folklore both Jewish or not. In fact, I think it would be interesting to read different types of cultural lore and compare and contrast the similarities and differences.

Also, this story would lend itself to practicing predictions for young kids. The story comes full circle very quickly and can be used to find direct text references for what happens like at the end of the story when Mireleh noticed that a "visiting Rabbi" was at the wedding. This is a perfect place to point out to the kids and ask questions like, who do we know is a Rabbi in this story?
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"In this story, we meet a family living in Poland. The family consists of a rabbi, his wife, and his 3 daughters. One day when he asks his daughters how much they love him, his youngest daughter replies, "as much as meat loves salt." The rabbi is very offended by this and drives her away from the house, telling her to never return again. The story continues and Mireleh finds a rabbi who allows her to live in the attic of the home he shares with his wife and son. The traditional Cinderella element arrives here, when Mireleh gets dressed up and attends a wedding that the family doesn't allow her to go to. Being so beautiful, she's gazed at longingly by the rabbi's son. The story continues with the search for the woman who owns the missing shoe and ends happily ever after, of course! The father does appear in the end, only to realize that meat really does need salt; and he was wrong to banish his daughter after all! " said.

"I liked this version of Cinderella. The father of three daughters wanted to know how much they loved him. Two daughters compared their love for him to jewels and material things. The other daughter told him she love him like meat loves salt. The father was apparently offended by that and threw her out of the house. She had to fend for herself on the streets and became a beggar. She ended up marrying a prince. I thought that her response to her dad, "I love you the way meat loves salt" was appropriate. I dont think she was trying to be funny at all. Her answer was straight to the point. The lesson in the story is you can show your love for someone other than giving them material things. I would use this book with students 3-6. After reading them the story you can pose questions such as what are some ways you can show you love someone, or do you think showing your love for someone should be through material things only. Nice illustrations." said.

"The author wrote that she first encountered this Jewish version of the Cinderella tale in the classic collection "Yiddish Folktales." I was interested to see that the author's grandmother grew up in Bialystok, Poland, speaking Polish and Russian. My grandma was born in Bialystok too. She was a gifted storyteller. I have many treasured memories of sitting curled up in her lap listening to her weave adventures. As I read through my other Cinderella themed books I discovered the book, "Moss Gown," by William H. Hooks. It is the same story as "The Way Meat Loves Salt," except it takes place in the deep South of the United States and not in Eastern Europe. I was very excited to make that discovery and realized that would be something very exciting for students to discover as well. I would definitely include both of these books in a "Cinderella Collection" in an intermediate classroom. Both books could be read alouds for younger students." said.

" A unique Cinderella tale...I really enjoyed this Jewish version. " said.

" I love Cinderella stories, especially those from other countries. This Jewish folktale is a fun version of the Cinderella story. " said.

" Really neat to see the Cinderella story from a Jewish perspective, but it was way too wordy. " said.

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