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The Tale of Meshka the Kvetch

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Book by Carol Chapman
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Published by Puffin Books (first published October 1st 1980)
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Matthew Parks
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A delightful tale that teaches how an attitude of complaint creates misery and an attitude of gratitude fosters joy.
Miri
Cute, funny Yiddish story about Meshka, the woman who couldn't open her mouth without complaining. One day she contracts "the Kvetch's Itch," which makes everything she says come true. When she complains that her son is as useless as a bump on a kosher pickle, he turns into a pickle. When she moans that her feet feel like ten-pound melons, they turn into ten-pound melons. Finally the rabbi tells her that, though she can never be cured, if she can say positive things for the rest of her life ...more
Tori
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I love this book! It's so fun to do Meshka's voice and it has a wonderful message of being grateful for what you have.
Bailey Marissa
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
A short Yiddish story about how it is always better to talk about how things are good instead of complaining all of the time.
Megan
Sep 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Lori
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Can't believe this old book is new to me. Great life lesson.
Meredith
One day all of Meshka's exaggerated complaints unexpectedly come true.

Based on the Yiddish folktale, this is the story of Meshka who is the village kvetch. All she does from morning till night is complain. The house that her deceased husband built is too small. Her daughter is too busy with her own family to pay Meshka as much attention as she feels she deserves. Her son is a lazy layabout (although as an adult male still living at home with his mother who appears to be unemployed, she may be on
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Debbie
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I can't believe I haven't added this book yet. We first discovered it at a public library in Houston, Texas back in the 1980's and immediately fell in love with this story. Back in the day I made this into a flannel board story and re-told it in K-6 library story times.

"Kvetch" is the Yiddish word for complainer and that's what Meshka (the protagonist) does - complain, "from morning until night, nothing was right!" Fun story with a great little message for people of all ages.

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Jennifer Voigt  Kaplan
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This is a fantastic picture book for kids of any religious faith. It is an old, traditional Jewish tale about a woman who kvetches (complains) too much, but the message easily translates to modern times. The story highlights Jewish traditions and lifestyle, rather than Jewish religion, so anyone of any faith can relate. My six year old, who whines a bit more than she should, reflected on her own behavior after we read the book. It's a good read-aloud picture book (not too wordy) with dynamic ...more
Rachel Clark
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this story even more now than I did when I was a child! The Tale of Meshka the Kvetch is a simple, easy to understand story that, with both words and wonderful, at times humorous, illustrations, offers to readers an important lesson on how we create our own realities-- how the things that we believe to be true about our lives, are. Everyone should have a copy of this book!
Michael
As a gentile reading this book, it is hard not to feel like you are stereotyping, but the book has a good message, and teaches you a few Jewish terms in the process. It is told in a clear and visually captivating way, with quite a bit of humor. (Love the pickle and the melons!)
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