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Elijah's Violin and Other Jewish Fairy Tales Paperback – October 20, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0195092004 ISBN-10: 0195092007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 20, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195092007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195092004
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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)

About the Author


Howard Schartz is Professor of English Literature at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. He is the author of Lilian's Cave and Miriam's Tambourine.

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Howard Schwartz is Professor of English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has published three books of poetry, and several books of fiction, including The Captive Soul of the Messiah and Adam's Soul. He has also edited a four-volume set of Jewish folktales, which includes Elijah's Violin & Other Jewish Fairy Tales, Miriam's Tambourine: Jewish Folktales from Around the World, Lilith's Cave: Jewish Tales of the Supernatural and, most recently, Gabriel's Palace: Jewish Mystical Tales. He has also edited three major anthologies: Imperial Messages: One Hundred Modern Parables, Voices Within the Ark: The Modern Jewish Poets (with Anthony Rudolf), and Gates to the New City: A Treasury of Modern Jewish Tales. His recent book, Reimagining the Bible: The Storytelling of the Rabbis, was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for 1999. In addition, Schwartz has also published ten children's books, including The Diamond Tree (with Barbara Rush, which won the Sydney Taylor Book Award in 1992), Next Year in Jerusalem: 3000 Years of Jewish Tales (which won the National Jewish Book Award and the Aesop Award of the American Folklore Society, both in 1996), A Coat for the Moon (with Barbara Rush, which won Anne Izard Storyeller's Choice Award for 1998 and the 1999 Honor Title of the Storytelling World Awards, and The Day the Rabbi Disappeared: Jewish Holiday Tales of Magic (which won the National Jewish Book Award and The Aesop Prize of the American Folklore Society for 2000). His major book, Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism, won the National Jewish Book Award for 2005 in the category of Reference. Schwartz lives in St. Louis with his wife Tsila, a calligrapher, and his three children, Shira, Nathan and Miriam.

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My parents bought me the book when I was about 9.
Peter Braasch
I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in Jewish culture, or in folklore in general.
T. Martagh
I decided to read a few of the stories and ended up reading the whole thing cover to cover!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "lcwmcc" on February 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
Howard Schwartz's Elijah's Violin will appeal to both those who love fairy tales and those who love Jewish folklore. The stories have elements of more familiar fairy tales - birds that speak, mute princesses, magic mirrors, love, fear, good, and evil. However, Jewish elements make the stories distinctive. King Solomon appears in several of the tales, as does Asmodeus, King of the Demons in Jewish folklore. Schwartz's retellings are deft and lyrical and Heller's art complements the stories beautifully. If you're looking to be transported to a palace made of water or wish to go on a journey with a pirate princess, look no farther than Elijah's Violin.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
I have read Elijah's Violin numerous times and think it is a wonderful ride through fairy tales and fantasy. Children will love this book, I have been reading it since the age of 7, and am still enjoying it to this day. I suppose I have a slight bias since the author is my father, but I still think it's a great book!
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By T. Martagh on March 20, 2014
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I have been a fan of Howard Schwartz's story collections since I first read Liliths Cave a few years ago. I bought this for my girlfriend for our anniversary, and she loved it as well. Reading Howard Schwartz's story collections together has become an almost nightly routine. I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in Jewish culture, or in folklore in general. Whether you are looking for something to read to you kid, or (like us) you are a university student...these stories are compelling fun and a great insite into the way our ancestors lived.
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By Rosa Y Torreon on March 9, 2014
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Really enjoyed reading this. Shared it with my mom and dad who re read this book time and time again. The stories provide a window to the Jewish soul.
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