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Elijah's Violin and Other Jewish Fairy Tales

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ISBN-13: 978-0195092004
ISBN-10: 0195092007
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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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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: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #989,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer 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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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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My wife and I are BIG lovers of Jewish folk tales, so this is the perfect addition to our library! It is intriguing for us to know that some of these stories are old enough that Jesus Himself may have heard them as a young child. Besides that, they add an enlarged understanding for us of other cultures and peoples.
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I bought this for a Birthday gift for a friend who loves fairy tales. Then I started to worry that they might not be any good. I decided to read a few of the stories and ended up reading the whole thing cover to cover! This book is filled with wonderful stories that are well written. I am not Jewish which is probably why I have never hear any of the stories before. My friend however is Jewish and LOVED this book. He said it has all of his favorite stories. SPOILER: I particularly love the stories because they have strong females who occasionally save the men.
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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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