A Sack Full of Feathers

Deb­by Wald­man; Cindy Rev­ell, illus.
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By – March 2, 2012
A Sack Full of Feath­ers is pre­cise­ly what Yankel needs to teach him a les­son. Yankel loves to tell his friends the sto­ries he hears about the towns­peo­ple when they come in to his father’s shop. Yankel gets so excit­ed to tell his sto­ries that he only hears them par­tial­ly and then tells the half-truths to his friends. The sto­ry can be read alone by mid-ele­men­tary school stu­dents or read aloud by a par­ent. The illus­tra­tor is known for her spot­ted cats that appear through­out the book. The paint­ings are col­or­ful and joy­ous, indica­tive of the joy of the old coun­try.” The wise rab­bi sees what Yankel is doing and teach­es him, in a very hands-on way, this impor­tant les­son. This tale sticks with the famil­iar for­mat of oth­er Jew­ish folk­tales, with a les­son that even young chil­dren can under­stand. Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 4 – 8.
Rachel Ros­ner is the Direc­tor of the Jew­ish Book Fes­ti­val in Rochester, NY. She also runs Jew­ish Fam­i­ly Pro­grams for the JCC, and has worked there since 1994. She holds a degree in Ear­ly Child­hood Edu­ca­tion from Syra­cuse University.

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