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It Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish Folk Tale (1976)

by Margot Zemach

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Unable to stand his overcrowded and noisy home any longer, a poor man goes to the Rabbi for advice.
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    Could Anything Be Worse?: A Yiddish Tale by Marilyn Hirsh (raizel)
    raizel: My favorite of all the many versions of this story because the pictures show the family preparing for Shabbos---another way of looking at time---as the man and his family discover another way of looking at their space.

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IT COULD ALWAYS BE WORSE is a witty Jewish tale and a Caldecott Honor book. The book tells of a man who is unhappy in his crowded home with his family. He consults with his Rabbi. After several visits, the Rabbi cleverly teaches the man to appreciate what he has. In the end, his conditions are the same as they were in the beginning of the story, but the man finds himself much happier. The illustrations in the book are very detailed and nicely done. ( )
1 vote chunter3 | Feb 28, 2019 |
I think the author of this book is successful in making the language of the book lively. She begins the book with a problem and adds to the problem little by little, making the problem even more ridiculous and hilarious as the story goes on. With the resolution of the problem also comes an important lesson brought to the reader. I illustrations were hilarious and I really enjoyed the book. ( )
  albethea | Dec 3, 2018 |
This is a story about a poor man and his family who seek the help of a rabbi to make their living conditions better. Throughout the story, the rabbi gives the poor man bad advice and instead makes the poor mans living situation worse. However in the end, the rabbi tells the poor man to undo everything that he has told the poor man to do. Without hesitation the poor man’s living conditions go back to how it was in the first place and is now more grateful than ever. This story is a good way to teach students about being grateful for what they have. ( )
1 vote KarenGarcia | Nov 26, 2018 |
be grateful for what you have and things can get worse ( )
  Sherritaperry | Aug 14, 2018 |
Once upon a time a poor unfortunate man lived with his mother, his wife, and his six children in a one-room hut. Because they were so crowded, the children often fought and the man and his wife argued. When the poor man was unable to stand it any longer, he ran to the Rabbi for help. As he follows the Rabbi's unlikely advice, the poor man's life goes from bad to worse, with increasingly uproarious results. In his little hut, silly calamity follows foolish catastrophe, all memorably depicted in full-color illustrations that are both funnier and lovelier than any this distinguished artist has done in the past.
  wichitafriendsschool | Jul 24, 2018 |
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Once upon a time in a small village a poor unfortunate man lived with his mother, his wife, and his six children in a little one-room hut.
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