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Rachel the Clever and Other Jewish Folktales

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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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Rachel
May 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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! ;)
Sherry (sethurner)
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.
Masha
Jul 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Our office has a pretty random selection of books, but this is one of my favorites. It lasted me an entire evening and I honestly enjoyed it, loved the way Jewish characters and universal plots intertwine. Propp would definitely enjoy it.
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May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a book of several fun short stories, all with a clear moral. It was a lot of fun to read with the kids. They especially liked the pictures that I copied and they colored while I read the stories.
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Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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What a wonderful collection of Jewish stories! This was a delight to read and culturally illuminating.
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Josepha Sherman was an American author, folklorist, and anthologist. In 1990 she won the Compton Crook Award for the novel The Shining Falcon.
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