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Lemuel the Fool
Lemuel dreams of building a boat that will take him across the sea to the enchanted, magical city that he is sure must lie just beyond the horizon. How will he know he's going the right way? He ties a red scarf on the bow and a rope to the stern; as long as the scarf waves before him and the rope trails behind, he knows he'll be heading in the right direction.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Peachtree Publishers
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According to the inside back cover, this is based on an old Jewish folktale. (Chalk this up as yet another old tale I've never heard of!) The story seemed a little simple and the ending a bit sudden. The sentence fragment "There, the same pine tale and chairs as the ones in his house." was awkward & bothered me. The illustrations were attractive but nothing special. Mostly it bothered me that the wife called Lemuel a fool (early on in the book) for making a plan to pursue a dream. Do I want ...more
Oct 22, 2009 booklady rated it liked it
Cute young children's story based on an Old World Jewish folktale. About a man who sails away on an adventure, ends up back home but refuses to believe/recognize his own home as home. Should delight children of all ages. A good story to teach about perceptions, reality, acceptance, recognition, etc.
Myron Uhlberg is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of a number of children’s books. He recently published a memoir of his life in Brooklyn, New York, growing up the oldest hearing son of deaf parents. He lives with his wife in Santa Monica and Palm Springs.More about Myron Uhlberg...