The Sign in Mendel's Window

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9780027746006: The Sign in Mendel's Window

When a stranger comes to Kosnov and accuses Mendel the butcher of stealing his money, the whole town joins in to show the police who is really guilty.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3 A folk-like tale, told with charm and a style apt for its old-world Jewish setting. When a stranger appears in Kosnov to rent space in Mendel's butcher shop, he says his work is thinking. But it seems to be making trouble, for after overhearing Mendel count his weekly earnings, he borrows a horse, goes to the city and returns with two policemen, claiming the money is his and telling them to arrest Mendel. The entire village supports Mendel, but it is Molly, Mendel's wife, who proves his innocence. Zemach's watercolors vividly capture the atmosphere of village life with both humor and affectionchickens in the street, Mendel making frankfurters, the expressions on people's faces. Rich browns and purples predominate in the weathered wooden buildings and street scenes, but there is an effective use of pastels and a bit of brilliant color. These illustrations seem so perfect for the text that one cannot imagine any others. Children will relish the outwitting of the villain and enjoy coming back to these pictures again and again. Ronald Van de Voorde, Graduate Library School, University of Arizona, Tucson
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

The Caldecott Medalist's illustrations bring just the right combination of warmth and wit to this tale set in a tiny Eastern European village. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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