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Shlemazel and the Remarkable Spoon of Pohost

by Ann Redisch Stampler

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This is a great story for kids because it illustrates how a person can make their own luck with hard work.

Can be difficult for kids who are not Jewish since the names can be confusing. ( )
  kjarthur | Aug 11, 2010 |
Bright, colorful, animated illustrations enhance this delightfully entertaining story of Shlemazel who is so convinced that he is the most unlucky person in the world that he is afraid to get off his front porch. But when Moshke convinces him that he has the amazing, remarkable spoon of Pohost, Shlemazel learns the pleasure of a good day's work, finds a wife, performs a mitzvah, and discovers that he doesn't need luck to be happy. In an author's note, Stampler explains that as with her previous picture book, Something for Nothing, this story comes form her grandmother, a native of Pohost. The glossary also explains Yiddish terms like tsimmes, mensch, poretz and zlotys. A wonderful edition to folklore collections, the story will be enjoyed by both younger and older readers. REVIEWED BY RACHEL KAMIN (TEMPLE ISRAEL LIBRARIES & MEDIA CENTER, WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI) ( )
  STBA | Aug 21, 2007 |
Hear an interview about Shlemazel and the Remarkable Spoon of Pohost with author Ann Redisch Stampler on The Book of Life podcast's January 2007 episode at www.jewishbooks.blogspot.com.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618369597, Hardcover)

Lazy Shlemazel is convinced he has no luck. But Moshke the tinker promises him that his luck will change if he sets to work using the “amazing, remarkable spoon of Pohost.” Shlemazel gets busy—tilling the poretz’s field, helping the miller, and baking cakes with pretty Chaya Massel. Although “luck” remains elusive, what Shlemazel does find is even better.

Lively Chagall-like illustrations capture the spirit of this traditional Jewish tale, a funny and thought-provoking look at how we make our own luck. Author’s note, glossary.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:44 -0400)

A retelling of an Eastern European tale in which Shlemazel, the laziest man in town, is tricked into believing that the lucky spoon given to him by a neighbor will bring him fortune and fame, if it is used in the right way.

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