The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales

The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales
Written by Shoshana Boyd Gelfand
US / UK Publisher: Barefoot Books
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-84686-884-9
Year of publication: 2013
80 pages



“There is a considerably lighter feel to the equally handsome but thematically jollier pages of “The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales”, written by Shoshana Boyd Gelfand, an English rabbi. Here, eight stories drawn from sources that range from the Bible to 19th-century Poland are told in eventful, stand-alone chapters that make for excellent reading aloud to children ages 6 and older … Amanda Hall’s inviting illustrations of rabbis, palaces, fruits and challah loaves have such soft edges and delicious colors that they might be made of marzipan.”

Wall Street Journal / Meghan Gurdon ~ Read whole review


“Judaism’s long tradition of teaching through storytelling is affirmed in these eight tales steeped in ethics, morality and belief … each tale’s tenor is individually enhanced through intrinsic borders and paintings created in watercolor ink, pastel, pencil crayon and digital layering.
A lovely collection that will inspire both discussion and contemplation.”
— Kirkus Review ~ Read whole review


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Chris Beetles Gallery stocks some of my illustrations for this book