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Author: Marilyn Hirsch

Illustrator: Marilyn Hirsch

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Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Children's Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: No one in the village had ever seen a full moon. Ever! If the sky was cloudy, the moon was covered; if the night was clear, the gaggle of witches would emerge from their cave and create such a noisy ruckus that people were too busy covering their ears. One day, a grandmother went to the Rabbi with a request. She wanted to see the full moon one time before she died. Could he help? He thought about the problem and came up with a solution, but it would take 29 of the brave men in the village. Were they brave enough? This is a folktale for all ages.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, independent reading, read aloud book,

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 10

Reading Level: 2.6

Age of Child: Read with and by an 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: "This is funny," she said when we read this the first time. She particularly liked the cleverness that the rabbi used to solve the problem. AT first she thought it was going to be about Halloween, but it really doesn't have anything that hints at October 31.

Adult Reader Reaction: What a fun book to share! It is a great folktale with an element of humor, too. The colors are very basic - pale blue, black/grey, and white - and, when combined with the simple drawings, really evoke that "classic" story feel. This is a great selection for a dormant reader.

Pros: Picky readers and kids of all ages can enjoy this folktale all year long. This is an excellent choice for reading with kids of multiple ages, reluctant readers, or classroom read-alouds.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This ranks up there with Aesop's fables as a book every family should have handy.


Educational Themes: Use this as a tool for explaining how folktales work as a story and as a cultural medium. You could also use this to talk about creative problem solving, and weather, too.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, fables and folklore, Judaism

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2010

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