Jewish Values: I Wish I Were King

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Publication Year: 
2004
Number of Pages: 
49 p.
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The most familiar children's version of this tale is the one by Getzel entitled The Stonecutter Who Wanted to Be Rich (CIS, 1990). Its theme comes from Pirke Avot: "Who is rich? One who appreciates what he has..." (Talmud - Avot 4:1). Wanting to be the powerful person in the world, a humble stonecutter is transformed into a rich man, a king, the sun, the wind, etc., and finally, into a mountain, at which point he realizes that as a stonecutter who chipped pieces from the mountain, he had been exactly what he wanted to be. The storytelling style is creaky, with an excess of sentences beginning with "Suddenly" or "All of a sudden." The illustrations are polished but contain details that do nothing to advance the story. An acceptable version but unlikely to replace the one by Getzel, with its rough but lively illustrations and a fast-paced and predictable text that appeals to young children.
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ISBN: 
1583305904
Book ID: 
789
Sydney Taylor Winner: 
No