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Clever Rachel
By (author): Debby Waldman Illustrated by: Cindy Revell
9781554690817 Hardcover, Picture book English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 JUVENILE FICTION / Religious / Jewish Oct 01, 2009
$19.95 CAD
Active 10 x 10 x 0.3 in 32 pages full color images FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
 
Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2009, Commended SYRCA Shining Willow nominee 2011, Short-listed PJ Library Selection 2009, Commended
Two clever kids are better than one.

In this retelling of a Jewish folktale, Jacob tries to stump Rachel with his best riddles but fails repeatedly. When a young woman in need of help presents Rachel and Jacob with the trickiest riddles of all, they discover the only way to solve them is to work together.

Debby Waldman's is the author of a number of children's books based on Jewish folktales, including A Sack Full of Feathers, which was named a 2007 Best Book for Kids and Teens by the Canadian Children's Book Centre, and Clever Rachel, declared by Resource Links to be one of the year's best for 2009. She is also the co-author of two books for parents of children who are hard of hearing. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta. More information, visit www.debbywaldman.com.

Cindy Revell’s illustrations have been used on billboards, wine bottles, magazines and numerous children’s books all over North America. In 2001, Cindy was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s book illustration. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta. For more information, visit www.cindyrevell.com. Follow her on Twitter @cindyrev.

"A vibrant book that tells a story that will entertain and educate young children about cooperation and teamwork… Waldman maintains the beautiful flavour of the folktale using simple and colourful language… 32 pages of sheer delight." - Edmonton Jewish News

"[The] acrylic illustrations…are reflective of the warm, fireside setting of the story…Revell's characters have evocative, believable facial expressions which add detail and drama to the story." - CM Magazine

"A riddle wrapped in old-fashioned, homespun wisdom…Revell's folksy illustrations beautifully complement this simply told story…There is a whimsical, timeless quality to each sketch." - St. Albert Gazette

"This book is absolutely charming and concisely written. It's full of the kind of Jewish values parents want their children to absorb from a very young age: work hard, do your best, cooperate…Any child old enough for a book with real pages will love this story and especially the page at the end with riddles they can use to stump their friends." - Cleveland Jewish News

"The illustrations are bold and whimsical and the text is very entertaining with a feminist slant…There is even a page of riddles to test one's power of deductive reasoning at the conclusion of the book." - JWeekly.com

"This would be a useful book to use during a multicultural or folktale lesson, or as a way to segue into the topic of riddles." - Resource Links

"Waldman writes with tongue-in-cheek, understated humour and includes riddles galore in her story...Facial expressions and body language are particularly clever and telling in Cindy Revell's full-colour acrylic illustrations...A sparkling collaboration between the Alberta-based author and illustrator. Bravo!" - Ottawa Jewish Bulletin

"A delightful story in which readers will like figuring out the riddles with Rachel and Jacob." - Book Notes (Center for Children's/Young Adult Books, MSU)

"This enchanting retelling of a Jewish folktale is laced with riddles that children will enjoy trying to solve...The warm acrylic folk art illustrations do much to enhance this delightful story that provides a glimpse of rich Jewish culture." - Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media

"A pleasure to read aloud. The main characters are made vivid by their rich language and inner thoughts…Children will be attracted to the folk-art vitality on every page." - Canadian Children's Book News

[Starred review] "The pairing of the author and illustrator to bring another Jewish folktale...to read-aloud format works wonderfully. The children in the story help solve many riddles and teach the reader about pride, wisdom, and teamwork. Sprinkled throughout are Jewish values and Yiddish terms that teach culture in an unimposing way. Highly recommended." - Library Media Connection

"Colourfully illustrated in acrylics…The lesson here is that while individual excellence should be encouraged, cooperation is the only path to wisdom." - Canadian Literature

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