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Raisel's Riddle by Erica Silverman
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Raisel's Riddle

by Erica Silverman, Susan Gaber (Illustrator)

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Beautiful illustrations, but I admit to being a little hesitant about the Cinderella "she's saved by marrying well" storyline. It does afford much opportunity for discussion with the kiddos, though, especially when her employers seem so oblivious to how poorly the cook treats her. I mean, seriously; you don't have to marry her, just notice her. The focus on study is nice, though. I do appreciate that her husband-to-be loves her for her mind, not just her looks (although would he have noticed her intellect had she not been so beautiful?). ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Feb 3, 2016 |
Great story! ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
Great story! ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
Origin: Jewish Holiday of Purim (Poland). Raisel wanted to attend the Purim Play, to pose a riddle to the rabbi's son; old beggar woman who Raisel had fed granted her three wishes, and she became Queen Esther.
  hbcoates | Dec 6, 2014 |
grades 1-5. She falls for rabbis son he falls for her intelligence shown in her riddle. Shows students that education is important.
  CaseyKamps | Dec 9, 2013 |
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To Beverly, for planting the seed. - E.S.
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Once upon a time in a village in Poland there lived an orphan girl named Raisel.
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A Jewish Cinderella

What's more precious than rubies, more lasting than gold?

Raisel knows. She learned it from her grandfather, a poor scholar who taught her. When he dies, Raisel finds work in the home of a rabbi. His jealous cook makes Raisel toil from sunup to sundown. And as the Jewish holiday of Purim approaches, Raisel works even harder. The rabbi's son presides over the Purim dinner, and Raisel listens closely when he responds to riddles posed by his guests. Is it possible that this young man can answer Raisel's riddle? Erica Silverman's lively retelling of the Cinderella story features a heroine for whom knowledge is as essential to happiness as love. In striking paintings, Susan Gaber captures all her beauty, external and internal.

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A Jewish version of the Cinderella story, in which a poor but educated young women captivates her "Prince Charming" a rabbi's son, at a Purim ball.

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