Shlemiel Crooks

Shlemiel Crooks In the middle of the night on a Thursday two crooks onions should grow in their navels drove their horse and wagon to the saloon of Reb Elias Olschwanger at the corner of th and Carr streets in St

  • Title: Shlemiel Crooks
  • Author: Anna Olswanger Paula Goodman Koz
  • ISBN: 9781588381651
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the middle of the night on a Thursday, two crooks onions should grow in their navels drove their horse and wagon to the saloon of Reb Elias Olschwanger, at the corner of 14th and Carr streets in St Louis This didn t happen yesterday It was 1919 So begins a modern folktale based on the Yiddish community of the author s great grandparents in the early 20th century In the middle of the night on a Thursday, two crooks onions should grow in their navels drove their horse and wagon to the saloon of Reb Elias Olschwanger, at the corner of 14th and Carr streets in St Louis This didn t happen yesterday It was 1919 So begins a modern folktale based on the Yiddish community of the author s great grandparents in the early 20th century In original and engaging storytelling, Shlemiel Crooks introduces young readers to the history of Passover, as Pharaoh and a town of Jewish immigrants play tug of war with wine made from grapes left over from the Exodus from Egypt Punctuated by colorful Yiddish expressions, the customs and language of a Jewish community of another time come alive.In a review, Booklist noted Shtetl humor and magic realism come to St Louis in 1919 in this wry Pesach story The best thing here is Olswanger s Yiddish storyteller s voice, particularly the hilarious curses she weaves into the story Great for reading aloud Shlemiel Crooks is a Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Young Reader s Category from the Association of Jewish Libraries and a PJ Library Book.

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    1. This book is based on a true incident reported in the St. Louis Jewish Record in 1919 in which two bumbling thieves try to rob the author's great-grandfather, Reb Elias Olschwanger's liquor store of its Passover wine. They get scared off by some noisy neighbors and their talking(?) horse. The humorous telling of the tale rings true with the voice of a Yiddish storyteller who weaves in priceless curses, "His teeth should fall out, except one, then he could have a toothache." The bold, colorful wo [...]

    2. This is one of my favorite Jewish books!The storytelling is delightful and the language is so authentic, you really can hear the accent, see the characters and smell the liqueur in the store.The crooks outsmart themselves and that incident, based on a true story from the author's family's history makes the paper.Olswanger tied up the story with the passover tale in a very clever way.The illustrations done in woodcut are gorgeous.This is a children's book but the humor and wit will be enjoyed jus [...]

    3. What a beautiful book. I cannot wait to present this to my grandchildren for a reading fest; it will open up an unknown world to them. The most you can hope for from any good story. The color! The vocabulary! The questions it will raise! I hope we wear it out together.

    4. This folksy telling of a family story, flecked with Yiddish asides, in fact with the rhythm and sound of Yiddish, we discover the history of Passover. What a fun read-aloud.

    5. Hear an interview about Shlemiel Crooks with author Anna Olswanger on The Book of Life podcast's April 2006 episode at jewishbooks.

    6. This was a very cute, adventure of a read. The illustrations were beautiful and captivating. The narrative was fun and sassy and I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this book, whatever their age!

    7. This was a very cute, adventure of a read. The illustrations were beautiful and captivating. The narrative was fun and sassy and I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this book, whatever their age!

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