49th out of 62 books — 25 voters
The Diamond Tree: Jewish Tales from Around the World
Small town prejudices emerge when a love affair between two teenage girls is revealed.
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published August 1st 1991 by Harpercollins Childrens Books
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Mar 29, 2009 April Helms rated it 4 of 5 stars
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?)
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 4 of 5 stars · 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.