10 funny Yiddish folktales about the Jewish trickster Hershel, rooted in the shtetl village community of the nineteenth-century Ukraine.
Hershel of Ostropol can out-wit anyone! This funny collection of stories follows the celebrated Jewish folk hero as he gulls a stingy innkeeper, fierce bandits and even his own father.
Quick-thinking, clever, and funny, the legendary Hershel of Ostropol is one of folk-lore’s greatest tricksters.
Author Eric A. Kimmel collected these stories growing up in Brooklyn, New York as well as from anthologies of Jewish folklore and oral histories.
A perfect gift for Hanukah, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and even graduations!
Kimmel writes in his forward, “These stories reflect the values and cultural traditions of the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe. However, one does not have to be Jewish to enjoy them. Hershel, like Coyote, Anansi, B’rer Rabbit, and Tyll Eulenspiegel, belongs to all of us.”
Caldecott-medalist Trina Schart Hyman’s beautifully detailed illustrations introduce each story and decorate the cover.
Kimmel and Schart Hyman also collaborated on the classic Caldecott Honor book Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins.