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Elijah's violin & other Jewish fairy tales [electronic resource] /
selected and retold and with an introduction by Howard Schwartz ; illustrations by Linda Heller ; calligraphy by Tsila Schwartz.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
description
308 p. : ill.
ISBN
0195092007 (Paper)
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imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
isbn
0195092007 (Paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Title from e-book title screen (viewed October 16, 2007).
catalogue key
7372204
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 294-306).
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Reviews
Review Quotes
"A fresh treasury--rediscovered and retold--of wonderful old tales new to English-speaking lovers of the ancient, the enthralling, the marvelous, the delightful, kings, emperors, witches, beggars, demons, princesses, dragons; but also Jews and rabbis and Sabbaths and sacral study....I rejoicein the splendor--imagination's bliss--of Howard Schartz's collection."--Cynthia Ozick
"A fresh treasury--rediscovered and retold--of wonderful old tales new toEnglish-speaking lovers of the ancient, the enthralling, the marvelous, thedelightful, kings, emperors, witches, beggars, demons, princesses, dragons; butalso Jews and rabbis and Sabbaths and sacral study....I rejoice in thesplendor--imagination's bliss--of Howard Schartz's collection."--CynthiaOzick
"Exotic enchantment and timeless truth."--Jewish Journal
"Good stories deserve retelling, and Scwartz tells them beautifully."--Jewish Chronicle
"Good stories deserve retelling, and Scwartz tells thembeautifully."--Jewish Chronicle
"In this era of 'realistic' children's literature, a new collection of fairy tales is to be celebrated. All [the stories] are timeless in their appeal to that part of us that seeks another world than the one we inhabit daily. Linda Heller's illustrations are the perfect accompaniment and willhave most children (and adults) flipping pages ahead to 'get the story with the pictures.'"--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"In this era of 'realistic' children's literature, a new collection offairy tales is to be celebrated. All [the stories] are timeless in their appealto that part of us that seeks another world than the one we inhabit daily. LindaHeller's illustrations are the perfect accompaniment and will have most children(and adults) flipping pages ahead to 'get the story with the pictures.'"--St.Louis Post-Dispatch
"Schwartz supplies a concise introduction and retells the stories in a plain and simple prose which serves them well. An exotic and varied collection, intriguingly illustrated by Linda Heller."--The Sunday Times (London)
"Schwartz supplies a concise introduction and retells the stories in aplain and simple prose which serves them well. An exotic and varied collection,intriguingly illustrated by Linda Heller."--The Sunday Times (London)
"Superb....Brimming with color and design....A treasure for all generations."--Peter Schram, The Melton Journal
"Superb....Brimming with color and design....A treasure for allgenerations."--Peter Schram, The Melton Journal
"[These] are stories told by a gifted writer and poet to be read and savored, and to provide inspiration for other storytellers....Schwartz has given a new and powerful expression to the ancient voice of the traditional Jewish storyteller, a voice which deserves to be heard--and indeed needsto be heard--in our generation."--The Sagarin Review (The St. Louis Jewish Literary Journal)
"[These] are stories told by a gifted writer and poet to be read andsavored, and to provide inspiration for other storytellers....Schwartz has givena new and powerful expression to the ancient voice of the traditional Jewishstoryteller, a voice which deserves to be heard--and indeed needs to beheard--in our generation."--The Sagarin Review (The St. Louis Jewish LiteraryJournal)
"Good stories deserve retelling, and Scwartz tells them beautifully."--Jewish Chronicle"Schwartz supplies a concise introduction and retells the stories in a plain and simple prose which serves them well. An exotic and varied collection, intriguingly illustrated by Linda Heller."--The Sunday Times (London)"A fresh treasury--rediscovered and retold--of wonderful old tales new to English-speaking lovers of the ancient, the enthralling, the marvelous, the delightful, kings, emperors, witches, beggars, demons, princesses, dragons; but also Jews and rabbis and Sabbaths and sacral study....I rejoice in the splendor--imagination's bliss--of Howard Schartz's collection."--Cynthia Ozick"Superb....Brimming with color and design....A treasure for all generations."--Peter Schram, The Melton Journal"Exotic enchantment and timeless truth."--Jewish Journal"In this era of 'realistic' children's literature, a new collection of fairy tales is to be celebrated. All [the stories] are timeless in their appeal to that part of us that seeks another world than the one we inhabit daily. Linda Heller's illustrations are the perfect accompaniment and will have most children (and adults) flipping pages ahead to 'get the story with the pictures.'"--St. Louis Post-Dispatch"[These] are stories told by a gifted writer and poet to be read and savored, and to provide inspiration for other storytellers....Schwartz has given a new and powerful expression to the ancient voice of the traditional Jewish storyteller, a voice which deserves to be heard--and indeed needs to be heard--in our generation."--The Sagarin Review (The St. Louis Jewish Literary Journal)
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Summaries
Long Description
In this magical collection, Howard Schwartz has gathered together and retold thirty-six Jewish fairy tales that are at once otherworldly and earthy, pious and playful. Drawn from sources as diverse as Morocco and India, Spain and Eastern Europe, Babylon and Egypt, the stories are characterized by their infusion of traditional Jewish characters with the archetypal forms found in all fairy tales, or by their treatment of Jewish religious themes. The book combines the playfulness of fairy tales that will be loved by children with the author's depth of knowledge of the historical origins of the tales. Throughout one can find the quests and riddles of the traditional fairy tale along with the divine intervention that characterizes the Jewish fairy tale.
Main Description
Tales of magic and wonder can be found in every phase of Jewish literature, from the sacred to the secular. The fairy tale in particular--set in enchanted lands and populated with a variety of human and supernatural beings, both good and evil--holds a very special place in the Jewishtradition. For in the fairy tale, where good and evil engage in a timeless struggle, we have a clear reflection of the Jewish world view, where faith in God can defeat the evil impulse. In Elijah's Violin, Howard Schwartz offers a sumptuous collection of thirty-six Jewish fairy tales from virtually every corner of the world. At once otherworldy and earthy, pious and playful, these celebrated tales from Morocco and India, Spain and Eastern Europe, Babylon and Egypt, illustratenot only their Jewish character but also their universality of themes. Invoking the biblical tale of David and Goliath, we read as King David defeats the giant by hovering above its spear in King David and the Giant. In the romantic tale of The Princess in the Tower, a variant of Rapunzel, we watchas the cautious King Solomon recognizes the vanity in trying to prevent Providence from taking place. And we see the religious nature of the quest for Elijah's violin in the title story. The successful completion of the king's quest enables the violin's imprisoned melodies, emblematic of the Jewishspirit, to be set free. Throughout this richly illustrated collection, one can find the quests and riddles of the traditional fairy tale along with the divine intervention that characterizes the Jewish fairy tale. Skillfully translated, these stories will captivate children and adults alike in which romance and magicbecome enchantingly entwined with faith, duty, and wisdom.
Main Description
Tales of magic and wonder can be found in every phase of Jewishliterature, from the sacred to the secular. The fairy tale in particular--set inenchanted lands and populated with a variety of human and supernatural beings,both good and evil--holds a very special place in the Jewish tradition. For inthe fairy tale, where good and evil engage in a timeless struggle, we have aclear reflection of the Jewish world view, where faith in God can defeat theevil impulse.In Elijah's Violin, Howard Schwartz offers a sumptuous collection ofthirty-six Jewish fairy tales from virtually every corner of the world. At onceotherworldy and earthy, pious and playful, these celebrated tales from Moroccoand India, Spain and Eastern Europe, Babylon and Egypt, illustrate not onlytheir Jewish character but also their universality of themes. Invoking thebiblical tale of David and Goliath, we read as King David defeats the giant byhovering above its spear in King David and the Giant. In the romantic tale ofThe Princess in the Tower, a variant of Rapunzel, we watch as the cautious KingSolomon recognizes the vanity in trying to prevent Providence from taking place.And we see the religious nature of the quest for Elijah's violin in the titlestory. The successful completion of the king's quest enables the violin'simprisoned melodies, emblematic of the Jewish spirit, to be set free.Throughout this richly illustrated collection, one can find the quests andriddles of the traditional fairy tale along with the divine intervention thatcharacterizes the Jewish fairy tale. Skillfully translated, these stories willcaptivate children and adults alike in which romance and magic becomeenchantingly entwined with faith, duty, and wisdom.
Unpaid Annotation
In Elijah's Violin, Howard Schwartz presents a sumptuous collection of 36 Jewish fairy tales from virtually every corner of the world. These stories will captivate children and adults alike as they illuminate the Jewish world view, where faith in God can defeat the evil impulse. "Timeless truth".--Jewish Journal.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction: On Jewish Fairy Talesp. 1
Elijah's Violinp. 19
The Witches of Ashkelonp. 25
The Golden Mountainp. 29
The Princess and the Slavep. 36
King David and the Giantp. 44
The Princess in the Towerp. 47
King Solomon and Asmodeusp. 53
The Beggar Kingp. 59
The Eternal Lightp. 67
The Mysterious Palacep. 77
The Flight of the Eaglep. 82
The Wooden Swordp. 89
The Magic Flute of Asmodeusp. 94
Partnership with Asmodeusp. 102
The Demon Princessp. 107
The Enchanted Mountainp. 118
The Nightingale and the Dovep. 122
The Golden Treep. 127
The Golden Featherp. 137
The Mute Princessp. 148
The Princess on the Glass Mountainp. 155
The Wonderful Healing Leavesp. 163
The Princess with Golden Hairp. 169
The Enchanted Journeyp. 181
The Magic Mirror of Rabbi Adamp. 187
The King's Dreamp. 197
The Boy Israel and the Witchp. 203
The Lost Princessp. 210
The Prince Who Was Made of Precious Gemsp. 219
The Water Palacep. 227
The Pirate Princessp. 237
The Golden Birdp. 247
The Imprisoned Princessp. 254
The Exiled Princessp. 263
The Underground Palacep. 270
The City of Luzp. 279
Sourcesp. 294
Glossaryp. 300
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