Books by Nina Jaffe

THE GOLDEN FLOWER by Nina Jaffe
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 30, 2005

"The illustrations in luscious tropical colors, with shapes and patterns (especially spirals) reminiscent of pre-Columbian art, are perfect. (Picture book/folktale. 5-10)"
The island of Puerto Rico, originally called Boriquén by its Taino inhabitants, was once, according to legend, a barren mountain. Read full book review >
OLDER BROTHER, YOUNGER BROTHER by Nina Jaffe
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 1995

"It's a debate worth having, though, nicely argued here. (Picture Book. 3-8)"
 A morality tale from Korea illustrates the values of loyalty, respect, and compassion. Read full book review >
PATAKIN by Nina Jaffe
FICTION
Released: July 1, 1994

"Miscellaneous explanatory notes (including a classification of drums); glossary; extensive bibliography and discography, including addresses of sources; meticulous source notes for each story. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
 Ten folktales from parts of the globe as widely separated as the Arctic and Fiji. Read full book review >
WHILE STANDING ON ONE FOOT by Nina Jaffe
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Glossary; notes on the stories. (Folklore. 8+)"
 Eighteen stories testifying to the tradition of quick-thinking mother wit that has saved countless individuals, as well as larger Jewish populations, from harm—like the man who, offered a choice of how he'll be put to death, contemplates briefly and replies that he would like to die of old age. Read full book review >
THE UNINVITED GUEST by Nina Jaffe
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Notes on sources; glossary; bibliography; recommended reading list. (Folklore. 6+)"
 Seven stories for different Jewish holidays, with brief explanations of some of their rituals. Read full book review >
SING, LITTLE SACK! by Nina Jaffe
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 1993

"Cruz's realistic illustrations are attractive, though a few of his faces verge on caricature. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
 On Level 3 of the ``Bank Street Ready-to-Read'' series, a prosaic reshaping of Pura BelprÇ's ``The Earring'' (The Tiger and the Rabbit, 1965), about a girl who, after taking off her earrings to play by the shore, is caught in a sack by an imp-like man who then earns money in the marketplace with his ``magical singing sack''; she's rescued when her song is recognized. Read full book review >
IN THE MONTH OF KISLEV by Nina Jaffe
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A winning tale, unusually well told and presented. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
 Mendel the peddler and his hard-working wife are so poor they can't buy a single potato for Hanukkah but, miraculously, their daughters fall asleep contented each night after smelling the delicious aroma of latkes emanating from the home of Feivel the merchant. Read full book review >