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The Hungry Clothes and Other Jewish Folktales (Folktales of the World) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-05-31 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 5 user ratings
ISBN:1402726511
LANGUAGE:English

" A collection of Jewish folktales almost all of which i have heard in my lifetime but without the Jewish part attached. Some of the stories, like most old folktales, are preposterous. But some of them are clever and perfect if you want to read for 4 minutes before bed. " said.

" This is a great anthology of Jewish folk tales. The illustrations are soft and beautiful and the tales are quite good. I think the stories in this book are the perfect length for children to enjoy without becoming bored (four pages max. with illustrations). There are also short paragraphs at the beginning of each story explaining the importance of each tale to Jewish tradition. " said.

"For informative brief descriptions of each tale, please see Abigail’s review.

At the beginning of every folktale there’s a brief blurb with some background information relating to Jewish history, tradition, and the “moral” of the tale. I relished these little summaries because I was not familiar with many of the tales and I welcomed knowing a bit about each tale I was about to read.

I really enjoyed most of the included folktales. I chose to read only one or only a few at a time rather than reading them one right after another with no other books in-between, and I think I appreciated each tale more reading them in this way. Every tale is the perfect length for a read aloud story for children belonging to a wide age range, and they are all basically parables and all are good for eliciting discussion.

I appreciated the included illustrations although, if I’d seen them out of context, I would not have found them particularly aesthetically pleasing. There are pretty multi-colored tale/chapter titles and page borders. There’s a wonderful glossary, and I was gratified to see that I knew many of the words, but not all of them. The sources listed were just as fascinating as the notes that start each tale. This book is worth reading cover to cover.

This is a lovely book and would make a thoughtful gift.
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"To kick off its new Folktales Around the World series, Sterling turned to Peninnah Schram, the Director of the Jewish Storytelling Center and winner of the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network to choose stories that represent the "values, faith, culture, and traditions" of the Jewish people. The twenty-two tales, expertly selected, draw from a wide range of traditional Sephardic and Ashkenazi lore. They include favorite fairytales, legends and trickster tales with familiar characters, such as Honi and Hershele of Ostropol, plus some re-imaginings with Moroccan settings and new protagonists. A wise woman replaces the boy Solomon and King David in proving guilt by discovering gold coins left behind in a pot of honey. A Hakham replaces King Solomon as judge in "How Much Is a Smell Worth?" In three lovely tales not often found elsewhere in English, the scratch in a diamond is transformed into a rose, a prince unknowingly carries news from a free bird that teaches a caged bird how to escape, and a young man wins the contest for laziest man in the kingdom. Short introductions turn many of the tales into parables. With messages laced through each story, this is more consciously a teaching collection than Schram's other works. Thirty-two elegant, full-color illustrations reinforce its formality. For adults to share with children, or ages 10 and up to read alone. With introduction, glossary, and sources. Reviewed by Sharon Elswit" said.

"Once again, Peninnah Schram takes us on an international journey of Jewish culture, sailing to the four corners of the earth through our imagination and hers! The Hungry Clothes is a beautiful work, honoring the tradition of the Jewish storyteller in different countries and giving us the opportunity to taste and smell each special offering.
The book itself is gorgeous! The illustrations by Gianni De Conno are lush and honor their characters, from peasants to kings. Even the quality of the paper enriches and supports these wonderful tales.
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"This book was one of my daughter's favorites and she loves Jewish folk tales! In fact, I have bought her almost all of the Jewish folk tales I can find, and this is one of her favorites. I completely agree! The only other book I would recommend as strongly for someone interested in introducing a loved one to the power and majesty of Jewish folk tales besides this book is Solomon and the Ant, another good collection of Jewish folk tales!" said.

"The stories are charming and full of wisdom. The art is nice. It enhances Jewish culture and folklore; a great addition to one's Judaica collection." said.

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