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

UPDATE TIME: 2016-04-24 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 5 user ratings
ISBN:1402726511
LANGUAGE:English

"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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