Mazel and Shlimazel, Or The Milk of a Lioness
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The spirit of good luck outwits the spirit of bad luck and helps a poor but honest peasant lad marry the king's daughter.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published September 30th 1995 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1967)
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Logan
While neither Logan nor I really liked the 1960s illustrations much, the story (translated from Yiddish)was fun and interesting. Isaac Bashevis Singer has an accessible and folksy style that makes it easy to read aloud. Mazel is the the invisible spirit of good luck and devilish Shlimazel is the spirit of bad luck and destruction. The two have an argument about who is more powerful and end up making a bet to settle the argument: Mazel will have one year to bring some poor sod (Tam) good luck and...more
Katharine
I adore Isaac Bashevis Singer, and I love this style of story. A fairy tale with interesting spiritual elements. Mazel is the spirit of good luck. He makes a bet with Schlimazel (bad luck). Mazel accuses Schlimazel of always using the same old tricks - poverty, famine, death and sickness. Mazel bets Schlimazel that he can't undo what he's done using anything new. Schlimazel says he only needs one second to undo what Mazel takes a year to accomplish. Schlimazel wins the bet, drinks the "wine of f...more
Shannon
Long by today's picture book standards, this book holds my interest to the end. I wanted to known if the good guy would win!
Saralyn
Very cute. Some of the pictures are a little... strange. But I really enjoyed this book about good and bad luck.
Tripleguess
It was okay, your average fairy tale. Everything comes down to luck being on the hero's side.
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Isaac Bashevis Singer was a Polish American author of Jewish descent, noted for his short stories. He was one of the leading figures in the Yiddish literary movement, and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.
His memoir, "A Day Of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw", won the U.S. National Book Award in Children's Literature in 1970, while his collection "A Crown of Feathers...more
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