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Unable to stand his overcrowded and noisy home any longer, a poor man goes to the Rabbi for advice
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
Kindergarten-Grade 3-- A retelling of the traditional Jewish folktale of a man distressed by the noise and chaos in his crowded household. Following his Rabbi's advice, he brings the barn animals into his house one by one. The result, of course, is complete pandemonium. Suddenly, the noise and activities of his normal family seem peaceful by comparison. The uncontained, cluttered watercolors, filled with oversized figures, give a much better sense of the story's frantic humor and energy than does the run-on text. The telling is marred by sentences such as, "After a few days it became clear that the situation in the hut was not getting any better, but had actually taken a turn for the worse." Not only do such passages make the story an ineffective read-aloud, but they also detract from the vitality and ethnic flavor of this d ynamic tale. Margot Zemach's It Could Always Be Worse (Farrar, 1977) is still the best version of this tale. Anne McGovern's Too Much Noise (Houghton, 1967) is an ideal choice for preschool children. --Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI
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Book Description Kane Miller Book Pub, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110916291251
Book Description Kane Miller Book Pub, 1989. Condition: New. Hans Poppel (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0916291251