My Grandmother's Stories: A Collection Of Jewish Folk TalesConsumer Rating
- Number of Pages: 96
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
“ Like all good stories inside the Yiddish tradition, the pleasure of Geras' collection comes as considerably from the telling as from what happens. ” — Booklist, Starred This framing of the stories emphasizes their continuing pleasure across generations; and customs, idioms, traditions, even recipes that the Jews brought with them from Eastern Europe are an unobtrusive component of the telling. These are stories within stories: the narrator remembers herself as a young kid hearing them from her grandmother, as they cooked, hung up laundry, ready for the Sabbath, or cleaned property for Passover.
Inspired by the everyday trinkets and treasures in her apartment, a grandmother tells her curious granddaughter stories according to their Russian Jewish heritage. Even though cutting up apples for a strudel, Grandmother recalls the tale of a very rich, very greedy merchant who learned a lesson at the table of King Solomon. Choosing among carnations, gladioli, and roses in Moshe's flower shop tends to make Grandmother think of a garden of talking--and bickering--flowers. An old tin button box reminds Grandmother about the poor farmer who outwitted a Czar.
This collection of 10 traditional Jewish folk tales, first published in 1990, is now gorgeously illustrated by Caldecott Honor Book recipient Anita Lobel (On Market Street ). (Ages 8 and older) --Emilie Coulter Readers of all ages will love to curl up utilizing the granddaughter for an afternoon of magical, wondrous shared lore. Author Adele Geras, who also penned the critically acclaimed young adult novel Troy, has captured the rhythm and cozy warmth of a loving grandmother's storytelling.
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