The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness: A True Story

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Algonquin Books, Sep 2, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
3 Reviews
"Wonderful!” (Grace Paley).

“Heartwarming and smart and wonderfully written” (Detroit Free Press).

“Provides edifying advice, intimately given, like the best-selling Tuesdays with Morrie” (the Dallas Morning News).

“Altogether original” (Dr. Laura Schlessinger).

“This story will speak to the humanity of the reader” (Jewish Book World).

The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness is that rare, magical book—a book that tells a good story but also shows us how the tales we learned when we were children shed light on our adult lives. Joel ben Izzy had the unusual opportunity to relive those lessons when he lost his voice and reconnected with his old teacher, Lenny, a retired storyteller. Through his meetings with Lenny, Joel rediscovers the wisdom of ancient tales and takes us on a journey into a world of beggars and kings, monks and tigers, lost horses and buried treasures—and in the end tells us the secret of happiness.
 

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A must read for storytellers. This author's story and many more may not have been told if his voice was not lost and many life lessons learned. Take the journey and gain the experience the less painful way, don't forget what you read and laugh out loud the whole way. Read full review

BEGGAR KING & THE SECRET OF HA

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A storyteller losing his voice? Hard to imagine, and yet that is exactly what happened to ben Izzy. Sure that he has found the secret to happiness-two beautiful children, a profession he loves, and a ... Read full review

Contents

The Beggar King
1
The Lost Horse
13
The Cricket Who Jumped to the Moon
31
Optimism and Pessimism
51
The Vow of Silence
63
The Search for Truth
83
The Border Guard
99
The Appointment
109
The Strawberry
159
Hershels Last Laugh
173
The Happy Mans Shirt
183
The Fox in the Garden
195
The Secret of Happiness
208
The Beggar King
213
About the Stories
217
Acknowledgments
227

The Wisdom of Chelm
130
Buried Treasures
141

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About the author (2005)

JOEL BEN IZZY tells stories at festivals throughout the world and has written and produced six CDs, which have won awards from the American Library Association and the Parents’ Choice Foundation. He’s been a storytelling consultant to various companies, including Hewlett-Packard, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and Pixar Animation Studios. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and two children.

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