The narrator reminisces about time she spent as a child with her grandmother--helping her prepare traditional meals, wondering why the big blanket chest didn't have wheels, pretending that a piece of lace was her bridal veil. For each circumstance, Grandmother had a traditional tale: stories of Chelm; a version of ""It Could Always Be Worse""; a ghost story about a bride who died on her wedding day; a cautionary tale about a kvetch (complainer) going to ""The Market of Miseries""; a young woman proving her worth by tidying her prospective mother-in-law's yarn basket. The easy warmth between child and grandmother--who apparently live in Israel--is the perfect setting for these ten gracefully told stories. For each, Jordan contributes two delicately detailed drawings--b&w to evoke Grandmother's happy, observant home; a scene from the tale in the same style, delicately tinted with color. A charming collection in handsome, inviting format.