THE PURIM GOAT by Yuri Suhl

THE PURIM GOAT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A spanking story in a drab-looking book: if children get into it, they'll read on--will Braindel's scrawny goat ever produce a whole quart of milk?--but the dead-white paper, the heavy black-and-white illustrations, the many plain pages of primerish type are, en masse, totally uninviting. About that goat: Yossele's mother Braindel purchases her with a loan from Reb Todres, who in exchange will take a quart of goat's milk a day for his ailing son; but the goat, compliant otherwise--at least after Yossele persuades Braindel to stop trying to tie her up--produces, day in and day out, only half a quart. Should Braindel, a poor widow and blameless besides, be forced to sell the goat and return the money? Or should Reb Todres' pampered son make do with half a quart? The judge makes a truly Solomonic decision--the goat should be fattened up to see if she can produce a quart a day--but that's not the end of it: fed everybody's scraps, she's no more productive; the butcher will get her yet! But, no: taking a cue from Eliosha the famous dancing bear, Yossele and friend Berel train the goat to perform, and she makes a triumphant, lucrative debut on Purim. It's high-flavored, animated, affectionate, and very funny--but not, unfortunately, by the looks of it.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1980
Publisher: Four Winds