The Jar of Fools: Eight Hanukkah Stories from Chelm

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Drawing on traditional Jewish folklore, these Hanukkah stories relate the antics of the people of Chelm, thought--perhaps incorrectly--to be a town of fools.

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Eric A. Kimmel is the author of many books for children, including the Caldecott Honor Book Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Mordicai Gerstein is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including The Wild Boy and Victor. He makes him home in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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Ages 4-8. The best retellings of the Fools of Chelm stories, such as Isaac Bashevis Singer's When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw (1968), reveal a wry absurdity in the literal truth. Rooted in daily shtetl life, they cut down our most earnest endeavors and show us as survivors making the best of the worst. Kimmel gets the shtetl setting, the humanity, and the farce; but his collection is uneven. Some tales, such as "Wisdom for Sale," go on much too long, with elaborately contrived fantasy and heavy explanations of the wise-fool paradox. And Kimmel's sources are vague: only two of the stories are traditional Chelm tales; some are adapted from "other traditions," and some are Kimmel's own work. There are, however, some memorable tales. One of the best is "The Magic Spoon," in which the villagers talk themselves into making latkes together. Gerstein's detailed ink-on-oil paint artwork, one full-page picture per story, captures the intricate silliness and slapstick, and it's fitting that the type uses upside-down question marks. Hazel Rochman
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