Jewish Values: Bachelor and the Bean, The

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Publication Year: 
2002
Number of Pages: 
24 p.
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Jewish tradition has never shied away from shining the spotlight on unlovable behavior. In this version of a Moroccan-Jewish folktale, a grumpy old bachelor, an irritable imp, and a nasty-tempered thief are the focus of interest. It is written with sly humor and an understated sense of the ridiculous, telling the story of a magic pot that is given to the bachelor by the imp and then stolen, not once but several times. When the bachelor recognizes in the thief a woman after his own heart, "they were married under the chuppah." The full-page, deeply colored illustrations reflect the Moroccan setting and the characters' personalities, adding fanciful details and Jewish motifs. Compare this retelling with Eric A. Kimmel's THE MAGIC DREIDEL, which appears to be based on the same source. Clever!
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ISBN: 
374304785
Book ID: 
272
Sydney Taylor Winner: 
No