The Sages of Chelm and the Moon (Hardback)
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Welcome to the topsy-turvy world of Chelm – the city of wise fools celebrated in Jewish folklore. According to legend, Chelm was populated by preposterously silly townsfolk. There are numerous tales of their idiotic exploits and the most famous is the story of the people of Chelm and the moon…
The people of Chelm have a problem. They love to walk the streets at night under the light of the radiant moon. But every now and then, the moon disappears from the sky and they can’t find their way home. Perhaps someone is stealing it, or maybe it’s hiding on purpose?
Being very clever, the wise people of Chelm know exactly what they must do. They will buy a brand-new moon – one that will shine clear and bright every night . . .
Shlomo Abas retells the story with a perfect comic touch and Omer Hoffmann illustrates the tale beautifully.
In Shlomo Abas’s droll version of the traditional tale, the wise but unfortunately naive Chelm-dwellers struggle with a recurring nighttime visibility problem:GLLI
The darkest nights were those when the moon disappeared altogether and barely a sliver of light could be seen in the sky. On such nights, the poor people of Chelm bumped into each other, walked into tree trunks, and stumbled over rocks in the road. Sometimes they completely lost their way. Some couldn’t find their own homes and wandered into their neighbour’s houses by mistake.
The solution? Blindingly obvious! Buy a better moon… Ideally one that doesn’t periodically disappear. And so, they set out to do exactly that. Alas, the purchase doesn’t turn out to be quite as successful as they might have hoped. But the town people’s puzzled, unenlightened efforts make for a wonderful story—with readers in on the joke throughout.
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Who would not want to carry home a beautiful full moon, safely secured in a barrel, perfect for nights when the moon is only a crescent or barely visible at all? The Sages of Chelm and the Moon, by Shlomo Abas, with pictures by Omer Hoffmann, retells one of the stories about residents of the legendary town of Jewish folklore, who are not constrained by reality. In a lucid translation by Gilah Kahn-Hoffmann, children read expectantly about people who believe they can carry reflected light home with them, wondering if they will be bitterly disappointed when they learn they have been tricked by a venal innkeeper. They need not worry; the sages of the title are protected by an innocence which makes them vulnerable to deception, but equally prone to seeing the light in a dark situation.Imaginary Elevators
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'Israeli children's books come of age' – by Nicola ChristieJewish Renaissance, 1st January 2020
I read this book with my daughter and she loved the images!NetGalley, Donna Maguire
I thought it was a fun folktale that was easy to follow and I thought the writing style was great, it was easy to read and I can see children finding it funny with lots of giggles when they reading the story about the silly people!
4 stars from me for this one - highly recommended!!
The illustrations are beautiful.GoodReads, Amanda Williams
A well illustrated tale with a sound story.NetGalley, reviewed by Han Hunter
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Tonya Cibelli
I loved this funny little story which reminded me of Bulgarian Gabrovo tales. Beautiful quirky illustrations in exquisite colour schemes add to the kind humour of the story. I can see myself reading this book to my little one many, many times.
Looking forward to more titles in the Chelmite series.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Catherine Hankins
This was great! I love the Chelm stories! Right up there with the Nasruddin and Til Eulenspiegel stories I've heard over my lifetime. I am happy to see someone keeping these tales alive! Illustrations were wonderful!
Simple but good!NetGalley, reviewed by Etienne Breton