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A Year of Jewish Stories: 52 Tales for Young Children and Their Families [Hardcover]

By Grace R. Maisel (Author), Samantha Shubert (Author) & Tammy L. Keiser (Illustrator)
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Drawing on Jewish tradition and enlivened by a modern sensibility, A Year of Jewish Stories helps families explore Jewish values and create positive Jewish memories through the magic of story telling. This is a book for parents and children, grandparents and teachers, rabbis and cantors, educators and librarians. Come into the tent, sit down, and listen to a story.

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Studio: URJ Press
Pages   232
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 8.25" Height: 10.25"
Weight:   1.65 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 2004
Publisher   URJ Press
ISBN  0807408956  
ISBN13  9780807408957  

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a heritage embracing experience  Nov 4, 2004
This beautifully illustrated collection of stories is a must have for every Jewish home and would be highly recommended for any home with inquisitive children who wish to understand Jewish heritage.

The tales included draw from Jewish traditions and folklore while keeping today's modern child in mind. Stories borrowed from the Bible, Talmud and traditional teachings are freshened up, sprinkled with humor and kept company by a number of original writings. Virtuous tales abound as well as folklore of the holidays, Shabbat and Biblical characters. Children will delight in hearing entertaining stories and parents will be glad to be passing down traditions that might otherwise be forgotten in today's busy world.

Taking time to read even one story a week from this book will be an educating and heritage embracing experience. However, it is doubtful that children will be willing to hear just one story a week. The authors may need to publish a second collection!

The rich illustrations compliment the text with honor to the stories. The book will be hard to put down for a combination of its beauty, its messages and its very meaningful value. This well made, sturdy book will become a cherished addition to any library.

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A topical index makes stories easy to locate  Oct 12, 2004
Charmingly illustrated by Tammy L. Keiser, A Year Of Jewish Stories: 52 Tales For Children And Their Families is the collaborative effort of Grace Ragues Maisel and Samantha Shubert. Simple yet colorful illustrations add a fanciful touch to this anthology, which includes retellings of classic Jewish stories from the Bible, Talmud, midrash, and traditional folklore, as well as seven original stories. A topical index makes stories about a given subject easy to locate. A Year Of Jewish Stories was expressly compiled for rabbis, cantors, educators, librarians, and especially for parents seeking to introduce their preschool children to the rich traditions of Jewish folklore, culture, and identity. Highly recommended.

Truly a Gem!  Aug 26, 2004

This book is accurately and tenderly written;a winning combination. Maisel and Shubert successfully reworked some famous old folk tales while effectively adding their originals to the mix. Their humor can be enjoyed by all ages. Their stories help to perpetuate Jewish heritage, traditions and customs that might otherwise be lost with the passing of previous generations. I actually wish that there were more that 52 weeks in a year. Whether you buy this collection for yourself or as a gift, it truly is a gem!
Enjoy this collection!  Aug 10, 2004
It's not easy to find a children's book that the adults can enjoy on a repeated basis. This collection kept my interest as well as that of my kids. The flowing prose evokes an "old world," Eastern European feel, which is a fitting homage to a rich heritage. The illustrations, while somewhat uneven in effectiveness, enhance the artful way in which these tales have been crafted by the talented authors. It's a wonderful addition to any library.
A must have for any Jewish Library  Jul 27, 2004
As a Jewish Educator, I think this book will be an invaluable tool. Filled with delightful stories that teach about Jewish Holidays and values, it offers the reader an opportunity to celebrate the cycle of a Jewish year with their children. This book gives new life to some well-know Jewish stories while providing us with some new tales sure to become classics as the years go on. Samantha Shubert and Grace Maisel should be thanked for providing families with such a wonderful book that parents and children can share together.

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