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Solomon And the Ant: And Other Jewish Folktales [Hardcover]

By Sheldon Oberman & Peninnah Schram (Introduction by)
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Pages   165
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 7.5" Height: 10.5"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 28, 2006
Publisher   Boyds Mills Press
Age  7-18
ISBN  1590783077  
EAN  9781590783078  

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A treasure trove of forty-three religious, wisdom, riddle, and trickster Jewish folktales are retold with simplicity and grace, making them perfect for performing and reading aloud.

Publishers Description
A treasure trove of forty-three religious, wisdom, riddle, and trickster Jewish folktales that have been told near the hearth, at the table, and in the synagogue for centuries. Sheldon Oberman, a master storyteller, retells the tales with simplicity and grace, making them perfect for performing and reading aloud. Peninnah Schram, herself an acclaimed storyteller and folklorist, provides lively notes and commentary that examine the meaning of each tale and its place in history.

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Sheldon Oberman wrote two Sydney Taylor Honor Award-winning books--"The Wisdom Bird "and "The Always Prayer Shawl," which also won a National Jewish Book Award. He taught at Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate, Winnipeg, Manitoba, where the Sheldon Oberman Writing Award has been established in his honor.

Peninnah Schramis a recipient of the Covenant Award for Outstanding Educator, awarded by The Covenant Foundation, and winner of the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network. Ms. Schram also has been awarded the National Storytellers Network Lifetime Achievement Award for "sustained and exemplary contributions to storytelling in America." She lives in New York City."

Sheldon Oberman currently resides in Winnipeg.

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These morality tales can be enjoyed by all ages and religions  Nov 27, 2008
These tales are mostly concentrated on the prophets, Solomon and Elijah, and set in a Jewish background, but the priceless messages they impart are universal. As the authors point out several of them overlap with other cultures. Some are reminiscent of the wisecracking Mullah Nasrudin. One of my favorites, "The wisdom of a bird" also pops up as "Three pieces of advice" in Tales of the Dervishes by Idries Shah. The moral of "The best merchandise" is expressed in Best-Loved Chinese Proverbs by Theodora Lau, "By filling one's head instead of one's pocket, one cannot be robbed."
Perhaps the cleverest story in this collection is "Give her what you want." It is an adroit manipulation of semantics and probably translation as well.
A 2007 Sydney Taylor Honor Award Winner for Older Readers  Jan 28, 2007
From simple stories, to valuable lessons, to an idea of what life was like in Rambam's time or how a holiday was celebrated in Russia, these folktales are brilliant in their simplicity. They can be read straight through, compared and contrasted, embellished upon, or edited for educational purposes. While younger readers may be daunted by the size of the book and the lack of pictures, they will enjoy being read these tales. While middle grade and juvenile readers may be put off by the idea of a folktale, they will find wisdom, humor and even intrigue in the stories. Adults will be enchanted by the brilliant ideas conveyed from these "simple" stories. REVIEWED BY KATHE PINCHUCK (BLOOMFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY - BLOOMFIELD, NJ)
Much heart has gone into the creation of this handsome book, where 43 gently humorous, Jewish teaching folktales call to be shared aloud. Selections include religious stories, fables, and wisdom, trickster, and riddle tales, warmly retold by the late Sheldon Oberman, of The Always Prayer Shawl fame, and lovingly wrapped with expert commentary by Peninnah Schram, who prepared the manuscript for publication at his request. Lively dialogue refreshes traditional favorites and introduces many new tales less likely to be found in other modern collections. Character resourcefulness abounds. A merchant tricks a farmer into returning stolen money by letting him think he will be able to steal more. A girl learns how to face a bully by first collecting three hairs from a frightening dog. A discontented man comes to accept his own problems when he sees what is happening in other houses. Maimon wins a poisoning contest without using any real poison at all. King Solomon learns humility from an ant. Stories, some given new settings, take place through time in Holland, Morocco, America, and England, as well as Eastern Europe and Biblical lands. Oberman's notes set historical context for the tales, and Schram's expand what a particular story reveals about Jewish traditions and values. Both generously slide in other stories and delectable tidbits. Classic origins for the tales, along with selected sources and variants and motifs, complete each entry. The book ends with a glossary and comprehensive bibliography of approximately one hundred folklore collections. There is so much here. Attracted by Lloyd Bloom's arresting jacket art, readers will want to stay. Highly recommended for ages 8 and up. Reviewed by Sharon Elswit
The entire family can discuss and enjoy  Apr 11, 2006
Perfect for read-alouds by parents is Sheldon Oberman's retellings of Jewish folktales in Solomon And The Ant And Other Jewish Folktales. Peninnah Schram introduces and provides commentary to these rich stories of over forty religious, wisdom and puzzle tales, each of which demonstrates wisdom and understanding as King Solomon learns lessons from birds and ants, and other protagonists receive valued wisdom. While large print will lend to reading for those who already have skills, it's the read-aloud experience which is so highly recommended here: the entire family can discuss and enjoy.

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