Jewish Values: Shlemiel Crooks

Publication Year: 
2005
Number of Pages: 
32 p.
Note: 
This off-beat and funny story, set in St. Louis in the early 1900's, is based on the author's grandfather. It involves the attempted robbery of Reb Olschwanger's saloon by two shlemiel crooks who are instigated by the ghost of Pharaoh and foiled by a talking horse and a neighborhood "shtuss." Flavored heavily with a Yiddish inflected narration and illustrated with earthy, heavily outlined linocuts, the story requires considerable practice before reading aloud. It appeals to children with some knowledge of both Yiddish and Jewish history as well as to adults.
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ISBN: 
158838165X
Book ID: 
876
Sydney Taylor Winner: 
No