Jewish Folktales for Kids

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Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback

Joseph had a little overcoat, but it was full of holes,just like this book! When Joseph’s coat got too old and shabby, he made it into a jacket. But what did he make it into after that? And after that?

It Could Always Be Worse by Margot  Zemach

An unfortunate man who lives with his mother, wife, and six children in a one-room hut finds his situation going from bad to worse when he follows a rabbi’s unlikely advice.

The Way Meat Loves Salt : a Cinderella Tale from the Jewish Tradition by Nina Jaffe

In this Eastern European Jewish variant of the Cinderella story, the youngest daughter of a rabbi is sent away from home in disgrace, but thanks to the help of the prophet Elijah, marries the son of a renowned scholar and is reunited with her family.