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Happy endings are all alike
Scoppettone, Sandra.
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First edition.
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New York : Harper & Row, [1978]

Small town prejudices emerge when a love affair between two teenage girls is revealed.

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These 15 Jewish fairy and folktales include stories from Yemen, Iraq, Morocco, and Eastern Europe. Young readers will recognize familiar characters and meet new ones such as the foolish Chusham, and Katanya, a Jewish Thumbelina. Full color.

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Booklist Review

Ages 4-9. A tall tale from the Babylonian Talmud in the fifth century, a rags-to-riches fairy tale from Morocco, a fools' tale from Eastern Europe and one from Iraq--the 15 stories collected here range widely in genre, time, and place, reflecting the scattered history of the Jews and also their common tradition. Sources include the Talmud, the Midrash, and Eastern European and Middle Eastern folklore. The tales are good-natured, upbeat, reassuring, and moralistic ("And he always remembered to share with those who were poor"). Perhaps because of the young audience, the demons here are more a nuisance than a danger. One of the most beautiful stories is "A Palace of Bird Beaks" from Yemen, which centers on the character of wise King Solomon. The prophet Elijah appears in two stories, sent to help the Jews when they are in need. Vividly told and direct from the oral tradition is a comic tale of Chelm. Coauthor Schwartz has published several fine adult folklore collections, and the brief notes for older readers here discuss sources and variants for each tale and sometimes explicate the moral. Shulevitz's handsomely designed full-page watercolors in predominantly blue, pale green, and pink reflect the diverse cultures and styles, from a Turkish bazaar and a Polish shtetl to Noah's Ark with the roaring, friendly giant Og perched on the roof. (Reviewed Dec. 15, 1991)0060252391Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

One of the pleasures of reading folk and fairy tales attributed to specific cultures lies in finding the traits they share with stories from other peoples or places; another is coming upon the element that makes the story indigenous to that particular culture. The 15 brief tales collected here contain both delights: witness the story of Katanya, an obvious variant of ``Thumbelina,'' who is a gift from the prophet Elijah to a lonely old peasant woman; and Og, a giant who is rewarded for helping Noah with a berth on top of the ark and is given food, drink and a raincoat by the grateful animals themselves. The editors do a splendid job of incorporating introductions of unfamiliar characters or ideas smoothly into the text--these tellings roll trippingly off the tongue. Shulevitz's ( Dawn ; The Treasure ) illustrations, with their characteristic jewel-like tones, are a perfect match; it seems unfortunate that there are only 10. Ages 7-10. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-- Drawing together the threads of Jewish folk literature from places as distant as Yemen and Eastern Europe, Morocco and Germany, and ranging over 15 centuries, Schwartz and Rush weave a rich tapestry that shows the diversity of Jewish culture. In this collection of 15 stories, Elijah and King Solomon rub shoulders with witches, goblins, and the fools of the town of Chelm. This is often a benevolent universe where gentle justice reigns. Young Chusham, for example, is loved in spite of his foolishness. The story of Og, the giant who takes refuge on the ark during the great flood, illustrates the value of cooperation and repaying kindness while demonstrating the rewards of honesty. Other stories show similarities to those from other traditions. A particularly moving tale tells of how a little bird persuades King Solomon of the cruelty and stupidity of building a palace of birds' beaks. In all, the language is simple and vivid, and the narrative moves along at a good pace. The generous amount of white space makes the book accessible to younger readers. Ten tales are accompanied by Shulevitz's bright, dramatic watercolor paintings. Storytellers of varying degrees of experience and ability will find this a particularly valuable resource. An excellent collection for reading aloud or alone, with selections that are not readily available in other sources. --Susan Giffard, Englewood Public Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.