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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Beech Tree Books; 1st edition (September 24, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688163637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688163631
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Rabbi Gellman's stories about stories in the Bible-or modern midrashim, if you prefer-will delight parents and children alike. Using imagination and humor-did you know about the 11th-16th commandments that Moses wrote on his sleeve but his wife washed off?-Gellman's retellings of Bible stories provide readers with whole new perspectives on stories they may have known for years. The story about how Moses and a wisecracking frog convinced Pharaoh to let the Jews leave Egypt is particularly funny and contains elements that would surely make God smile, if not laugh out loud. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7?As demonstrated in Does God Have a Big Toe? (HarperCollins, 1989) and How Do You Spell God? (Morrow, 1995), Rabbi Gellman is an expert at making Bible stories interesting and accessible. Using a thoroughly modern vocabulary, a completely informal style, and plenty of sly humor, he highlights the Creation, the Garden of Eden, Jacob's ladder, the Exodus, Moses and the Ten Commandments (expanded here to 16), and bits of wisdom from Leviticus and Deuteronomy. As little as one Scripture verse inspires a neat lesson, as it is expanded into a clever new form, complete with lots of hip dialogue and amusing anachronistic details. The danger of trivializing the sacred is avoided by the appropriate, unmistakable message in each tale and the retention of the basic characters and events. Unabashedly urging readers to love the Bible, God, and people, Gellman shows them that human experience hasn't changed. Some knowledge of the original stories is almost essential to appreciate fully these interpretive expansions of Scripture. Their positive points, made with humor and simplicity, however, are valid far beyond the Judeo-Christian tradition.?Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 2001
Format: Library Binding
I was struggling to help my 6 year old understand, at her level, the meaning behind the ten commandments and other bible stories. This book hit the nail on the head. Everyone needs to read the section on the 6th commandment ("You Shall Not Murder"). We take turns reading it and each chapter has enabled us to have fabulous discussions. This book is a gem that we will treasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David M. Gilbert on February 6, 2010
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Another excellent volume by Marc Gellman (the other is DOES GOD HAVE A BIG TOE?). His stories are midrashim, that is, stories about Bible stories, or more precisely, Torah stories. Gellman's creativity and sense of humor make these stories worth telling and retelling. Children and adults find something in them which helps make sense of our often-chaotic lives. My personal favorites are "Smack The Coconut" (about how Adam and Eve met, but also about how human beings find one another); "Painting People Purple" (you'll have to read it to find out); and "The Commandments on Moses' Sleeve" (did you know about Commandments XI - XVI?) I have used many of Gellman's stories when working with both students and their parents, whether as a brief sermonette, or to comment on the Torah portion of the week, as well as teaching religious school classes. The responses have ranged from "Thanks - now I understand that Parshat" to "Where can I get a copy of that book for my kids?"
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By Barbara E. Koenig on April 12, 2014
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This is a book I use a lot and it did not move with me. I purchased a second copy so I could continue to use it. Good stories for children's time in church
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