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Folktale Collections

Agnon, Shmuel Yosef; Friend, Robert; Zeldich, Arieh (Illustrator). Agnon's Alef Bet: Poems. Jewish Publication Society; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-827605-99-4.
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Friedlander, Gerald; Beckett, Sheilah (Illustrator). Jewish Fairy Tales (Dover Children's Thrift Classics). Reading level: Ages 9-12. Dover Pubns; 1997. Paperback. ISBN 0-486298-61-2.
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Geras, Adele (Compiler); Cope, Jane (Illustrator). A Treasury of Jewish Stories (A Treasury of Stories Series). Ages 4-8. Kingfisher Books; 1996. Paperback. ISBN 0-753450-28-3.
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Goldreich, Gloria; Allon, Jeffrey (Illustrator); Schwartz, Howard. 10 Traditional Jewish Children's Stories. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Pitspopany Press; 1996. Hardcover. ISBN 0-943706-69-6.
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Schwartz, Howard; Heller, Linda (Illustrator). Elijah's Violin & Other Jewish Fairy Tales. Oxford Univ Pr (Trade); 1994. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-195092-00-7.
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Schwartz, Howard; Waldman, Neil (Illustrator). Next Year in Jerusalem: 3000 Years of Jewish Stories. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Puffin Books; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-140564-38-1.
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Schram, Peninnah; Allon, Jeffrey (Illustrator). Ten Classic Jewish Children's Stories. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Pitspopany Press; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-943706-96-3.
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Folktales (Non-Collection)

Gilman, Phoebe. Something from Nothing. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Scholastic Trade; 1993. School. ISBN 0-590472-80-1.
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Jaffe, Nina; August, Louise (Illustrator). The Way Meat Loves Salt: A Cinderella Tale from the Jewish Tradition. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Henry Holt & Company, Inc; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-805043-84-5.
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Prose, Francine; Podwal, Mark (Illustrator). You Never Know: A Legend of the Lamed-Vavniks. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Greenwillow; 1998. Library binding. ISBN 0-688158-07-2.
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Schur, Maxine Rose, Root, Kimberly Bulcken; Arico, Diane (Editor). The Peddler's Gift. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Dial Books for Young Readers; 1999. School binding. ISBN 0-803719-78-7.
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Singer, Isaac Bashevis; Zemach, Margot (Illustrator). When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw and Other Stories. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Farrar Straus & Giroux (Juv); 1986. Paperback. ISBN 0-374483-65-5.
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Singer, Isaac Bashevis; Shulevitz, Uri (Illustrator). The Golem. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Sunburst; 1996. Paperback. ISBN 0-374427-46-1.
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Silverman, Erica; Gaber, Susan (Illustrator). Raisel's Riddle. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Farrar Straus & Giroux (Juv); 1999. Hardcover. ISBN 0-374361-68-1.
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Taback, Simms (Illustrator). Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (Caldecott Medal Book, 2000). Reading level: Ages 4-8. Viking Childrens Books; 1999. School binding. ISBN 0-670878-55-3.
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Tarbescu, Edith , Mills, Judith Christine (Illustrator). The Boy Who Stuck Out His Tongue: A Yiddish Folk Tale. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Barefoot Books; 2000. Hardcover. ISBN 1-841480-67-3. [What will become of the boy who sticks out his tongue once too often?]
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Adler, David A.; O'Malley, Kevin (Illustrator). Chanukah in Chelm. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Lothrop Lee & Shepard; 1997. Library binding. ISBN 0-688099-53-X.
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Asher, Sandra. The Wise Men of Chelm. Dramatic Pub Co; 1992. Paperback. ISBN 0-871291-65-7.
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Simon, Solomon; Fischel, Lillian (Illustrator). The Wise Men of Helm and Their Merry Tales. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Behrman House; 1996. Paperback. ISBN 0-874414-69-5.
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Singer, Isaac Bashevis; Shulevitz, Uri (Illustrator). The Fools of Chelm and Their History. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Farrar Straus Giroux/Harcourt Brace Jovanovic; 1973. Hardcover. ISBN 0-374324-44-1.
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Dealing with Antisemitism/Other Faiths

Arrick, Fran. Chernowitz! Reading level: Young Adult. New American Library; 1990. Paperback. ISBN 0-451162-53-6. [A boy who suffers anti-Semitic abuse at the hands of a classmate during his ninth and tenth grade years plots revenge against his tormentor.]
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Bush, Lawrence; Vorspan, Albert (Commentary); Lemelman, Martin (Illustrator). Rooftop Secrets and Other Stories of Anti-Semitism. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Union of American Hebrew Congregations; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-807403-14-8.
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Farnsworth, Bill (Illustrator), Cohn, Janice. The Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Albert Whitman & Co; 1995. School and Library binding. ISBN 0-807511-52-8. [Based on a true incident that occurred in Billings, Montana, this story begins when a rock is thrown through a boy's bedroom window in which a menorah is displayed.]
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Nolan, Han. If I Should Die Before I Wake. Reading level: Young Adult. Harcourt Brace; 1996. Paperback. ISBN 0-152380-41-8.
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Ray, Karen. To Cross a Line. Reading level: Young Adult. Puffin; 1995. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-140375-87-2.
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Siskind, Leda. The Hopscotch Tree. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Yearling Books; 1995. Paperback. ISBN 0-440409-59-4. [About being Jewish in a hostile environment]
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Sussman, Susan; Robinson, Charles (Illustrator). There's No Such Thing As a Chanukah Bush, Sandy Goldstein. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Albert Whitman & Co; 1993. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-807578-63-0.
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Importance of Tradition

Grode, Phyllis; Haas, Shelly O. (Illustrator). Sophie's Name. Kar-Ben Copies; 1990. Hardcover. ISBN 0-929371-18-6. [Sophie thinks her name is old-fashioned...]
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Herman, Charlotte. What Happened to Heather Hopkowitz? Reading level: Ages 9-12. Jewish Publication Society; 1994. Paperback. ISBN 0-827605-20-X. [Heather comes from a thoroughly assimilated family. She cannot imagine the value of religious ritual or observance until she spends time with an Orthodox family while her parents are away on vacation.]
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Oberman, Sheldon; Lewin, Ted (Illustrator). The Always Prayer Shawl. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Boyds Mills Pr; 1994. School binding. ISBN 1-878093-22-3. [An ancient prayer shawl teaches Adam the importance of tradition and change in a story that spans six generations, from czarist Russia to the present day. Mr. Oberman has a web page at]
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Asher, Sandy. With All My Heart, With All My Mind: Thirteen Stories About Growing Up Jewish. Reading level: Young Adult. Simon & Schuster, 1999. Hardcover. ISBN 0-689820-12-7. [Winner of the 1999 National Jewish Book Award in children's literature, this anthology brings together original stories by twelve noted Jewish authors, including Johanna Hurwitz, Eric A. Kimmel, Sonia Levitin, and Carol Matas. Covering the issue of growing up Jewish from many viewpoints and in a variety of times and settings, the stories are followed by interviews with each of the authors. An American Booksellers Association "Pick of the Lists" and a Sydney Taylor Award "Best of the Bunch" for 1999.]
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Levitin, Sonia. The Singing Mountain. Reading level: Young Adult. Simon & Schuster (Juv); 1998. School binding. ISBN 0-689808-09-7.
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Rosen, Sybil. Speed of Light. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Atheneum; 1999. School binding. ISBN 0-689824-37-8.
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Schnur, Steven; Treatner, Meryl (Illustrator). The Koufax Dilemma. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Unknown; 1997. Hardcover. ISBN 0-688142-21-4.
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Weilerstein, Sadie Rose; Hirsh, Marilyn (Illustrator). The Best of K'Tonton: The Greatest Adventures in the Life of the Jewish Thumbling, Collected for the 50th Anniversary of KTonton Ben Baruch Reuben. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Jewish Publication Society; 1988. Paperback. ISBN 0-827601-87-5.
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