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Stories for Children Paperback – October 1, 1985
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This collection opens in Chelm, the village of idiots young and old. Even the people have funny names--Gronam Ox, Dopey Lekisch, Zeinvel Ninny, Shmendrick Numskull and Feyvel Thickwit. The way they speak and act is still funnier.
Gronam, for example, would have been a happy man, but for the elders who regularly visited--to whom he regularly spoke nonsense. His first wife Genendel would reproach him, to which he replied, "In the future, whenever you hear me saying something silly, come into the room and let me know. I will immediately change the subject."
She refused. "If they learn you're a fool, you'll lose your job as head of the council." Instead, each time he said anything silly, she offered to hand him the key to their strongbox. "Then you'll know you've been talking like a fool."
That year, the town met with a scarcity of sour cream, which was sorely needed for the coming Pentecost, a holiday on which the townsfolk normally ate a lot of it. Gronam had the solution. He proposed making "a law that water is to be called sour cream, and sour cream is to be called water." Given the wells full of water, he noted, all the women would have barrels full of sour cream as a result.
Sender Donkey, Treitel Fool and their most foolish compatriots all heartily approved. So the new law was written. But Genendel shortly appeared with the strongbox key.Read more ›
One caveat: a few of these stories have sexual allusions which may be (or should be) beyond the grasp of kids under 10, though most of these stories can be enjoyed even by single-digit young people.
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I have given out several of these books to friends and family. It is a magical gift and full of wonderful stories that touch me and everyone who shares them.Published 22 months ago by gary ian worob
The books were a big hit -- sent along with 16 others to a movie star couple for their new baby! Thank you!Published on July 3, 2014 by Nora L Egan
I. B. Singer is a great novel writer who earned Nobel Prize, and I love to read this book even though I'm a muslim.
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Having read Isaac Bashevis Singer's stories for adult readers, along with his charming autobiographical writings, the title "Stories for Children" on a book of this beloved... Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Daniel L. Berek
Even for fiction, this book fails to convince me to believe in its stories. Also, the ideas are many times not believable even for a 5 year old. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by Tex