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WHILE STANDING ON ONE FOOT by Nina Jaffe

WHILE STANDING ON ONE FOOT

Puzzle Stories and Wisdom Tales from the Jewish Tradition

By Nina Jaffe (Author) , Steve Zeitlin (Author) , John Segal (Illustrator)

Age Range: 8 & up

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-8050-2594-4
Publisher: Henry Holt

 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. After narrating each story up to its denouement, the authors invite readers to come up with a solution to the seemingly implacable problem before providing the classic answer. Thus, this unusual and appealing collection can be used as a teaching tool offering examples of graceful logic; it's also a fine source for storytellers, and should enjoy wide usage in a variety of venues. Attractive format; Segal's stylized b&w illustrations are at once comic and wonderfully austere. Sources and suggestions for further reading and research. Glossary; notes on the stories. (Folklore. 8+)