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Fiction Picture Book
Pages: 32
Themes: Jewish folktale, gossip
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/09/2007
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Yankel loves to tell stories, as long as they are someone else's. He does not see the hurt that his stories cause, the way they spread and change. Then the rabbi hands him a bag of feathers and tells him to place one on every doorstep in the village. Yankel is changed by what happens and finds himself with his best story yet, one of his very own.

The Jewish Independent - September 26, 2008
"Its moral and drawings are first class.
Jewish Book World - April 1, 2008
"The paintings are colorful and joyous, indicative of the joy of the 'old country'...This tale sticks with the familiar format of other Jewish folktales, with a lesson that even young children can understand."
Multicultural Review - March 1, 2007
"A valuable addition to any library, this book is highly recommended to people of all ages and walks of life."
Booklist - October 15, 2006
"The fun in this retelling of a Jewish folktale is not in the lesson, but in the setting, the people, and the stories they tell."
CM Magazine - September 29, 2006
"Waldman uses rich language which brings life to the story…Children will enjoy this story as a read-aloud."
Jewish Book World - January 12, 2006
"A wonderfully illustrated book...The art warmly underlines the plot...Refreshing."

Awards

R. Ross Annett Award nominee  | 2007 | Short-listed
CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award nominee  | 2007 | Short-listed
Blue Spruce nominee  | 2007 | Short-listed
CCBC Our Choice  | 2007 | Commended
SYRCA Shining Willow nominee  | 2008 | Short-listed
PJ Library Selection  | 2007 | Commended

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