Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends

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Abela Publishing Ltd, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 240 pages
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Jewish folklore overflows with vivid stories that both entertain and teach. In 1919, "Aunt Naomi" (Gertrude Landa) wrote Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends, a book of 27 fairy tales based on stories of the Jewish interpretations of the Bible. While some of the themes are familiar from contemporary fairy tales and folklore, other stories in this collection are infused with the inimitably Jewish struggle for survival and dignity; all are flavoured with a large helping of gentle humour. Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends tells of the boyish exploits of Abraham, Moses, and David, but also includes stories of higgledy-piggledy palaces, beggar kings, quarreling cats and dogs, waterbabes, bogey-men, magic red slippers, a talmudic Sinbad, Alexander the Great, and even the story of a star child. Aunt Naomi strove to create a collection of Jewish delights that boys and girls could add to their treasuries of general fairy-lore and childish romance. In this she succeeded-Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends not only preserves a cultural history, but also is richly entertaining. We invite you to curl up with this unique sliver of Jewish folklore not seen in print for over ninety years; immerse yourself in the tales and fables of yesteryear. A percentage of the profit from the sale of this book will be donated towards education scholarships for underprivileged Jewish youth.
 

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Contents

PREFACE
1
The Giant of the Flood
14
The HiggledyPiggledy Palace
47
The StarChild
62
The Beggar King
83
Sinbad of the Talmud
101
The Outcast Prince
114
From ShepherdBoy to King
132
King for Three Days
149
The Popes Game of Chess
164
The Paradise in the Sea
181
The Fairy Frog
194
King Alexanders Adventures
214
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Hannah (Annie Gertrude) Gordon married Myer Jack Landa, an Anglo-Jewish writer, and became a writer under the pseudonym "Aunt Naomi." Together the couple published a number of novels and plays. Gertrude Landa wrote a children's column in the Jewish Chronicle and in 1919 published Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends, a book of 27 fairy tales based on characters in the Jewish Bible, Midrash, and Talmud. The stories tell of the boyish exploits of Abraham, Moses, and David, but also includes tales of higgledy-piggledy palaces, beggar kings, quarreling cats and dogs, water babies, magic red slippers, Alexander the Great, and a princess in the tower.