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Rachel the Clever and Other Jewish Folktales
Although the 46 tales in this collection are as varied as the countries or regions from which they come Poland, central Asia, and Morocco, for example nearly all of them have been carried and passed on by immigrants to America. As a result, this collection is a world tour between two covers, but not at the expense of the unifying element common to these stories: their uniq ...more
Paperback, 171 pages
Published December 19th 2005 by August House
(first published January 1st 1955)
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All right, I admit it; I was first drawn to this collection due to the title. :P (Actually, my mother bought it for me when I was young.) But beyond the self-congratulatory pat on the back (I was named after a biblical matriarch after all,) Rachel the Clever encompasses several tales of Jewish experiences, which span the globe, culture to culture. It was my first foray into Judaism's literary history and I wholly reccomend it, especially for those with young children named Rachel! ;)
Apr 28, 2009 Sherry (sethurner) rated it it was amazing
I've gotten lots of use out of this great collection of Jewish folk tales. They're fun to read on their own, but I used them as source material for storytelling, both my own and my forensics students.