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The Diamond Tree: Jewish Tales from Around the World

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A witch who turns children into diamonds...A giant who hitches a ride on Noah's Ark...

A prince who thinks he is a rooster....

A girl who wishes upon a star -- and becomes a star herself...

They're all here in this timeless and unique complilation of Jewish folktales -- gathered from as far away as Yemen, Iraq and Morocco, and dating as far back as the 3rd century. Filled wit
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published August 1st 1991 by Harpercollins Childrens Books
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Jun 11, 2014 Intrepid47 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. I just found it on my coffee table and decided to read it and it was wonderful. I really liked the collection of stories that weren't too long, or too short.
April Helms
Mar 29, 2009 April Helms rated it really liked it
Selected and retold by Howard Schwartz and Barbara Rush ; illustrated by Uri Shulevitz. Another one I stumbled upon, and am happy to have done so. This is geared more to younger readers. It's amazing how universal some stories and folktales really are, although each version has its own, localized twist. Loved the story of Thumbelina, and the story about the fools (I wonder if this is where Neil Simon got his inspiration for his play, Fools?)
Fred Kohn
If you don't have the patience or time for one of Schwartz's larger collections aimed at adults, pick up one of his smaller collections aimed at younger readers. An added bonus in this collection is the wonderful illustrations of Uri Shulevitz.
Kristine Hansen
Nov 21, 2013 Kristine Hansen rated it really liked it
An enjoyable collection of folk tales I've never heard before. I've really enjoyed researching these things, and the illustrations in this book are an added bonus - beautiful to look at and very well done. Overall a fun book to read. :)
Sep 06, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember I won this in religious school by reading the most books from the library that year. It turned out to be quite a good prize. I still revisit this little book of tales from time to time. They're great folk stories for any age.
Jan 01, 2013 Naomi rated it it was amazing
A terrific collection of Jewish folktales.
Mar 29, 2011 Bob rated it liked it
I love fairy tales so much.
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