Raisel’s Riddle by Erica Silverman

I’m late for Purim. Thanks to the encouragement of my good friend Amy Meltzer (plug: check out her blog at: http://homeshuling.wordpress.com/), I’ve been planning to return to my discarded blog. I had high hopes of getting back in time for Purim but, while today is technically still pre-Purim, my good suggestions are hardly timely enough to help you order some good reads. So apologies and I’m going to go with a classic story that takes place during Purim but can be read all year long.

Raisel's Riddle

Raisel's Riddle

Raisel’s Riddle by Erica Silverman can be thought of as the Jewish Cinderella story — complete with a poor young woman who works for a pittance, the folks around her who mistreat her, the perfect caregiver who has passed away and the stroke of luck that allows her to meet her prince charming and capture his heart. However, while Cinderella is a classic, it also provides us with some dubious morals. Not so for Raisel’s Riddle. Her kindness is what earns her the trip to the ball (here the Purim festival). it’s not Raisel’s beauty that draws the attention of the prince (here the rabbi’s son) to but her intelligence and her wit.

Don’t grow concerned that this is a heavy-handed politically correct too-Jewish for modern comfort fairytale. With lush illustrations by Susan Gaber, and wonderful wordplays from Erica Silverman, Raisel’s Riddle is simply a more upscale version of Cinderella. More importantly, it’s a story that won’t make you cringe. And unlike the original, it’s a version you will be able to stand to read over and over again.

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2 Comments »

  1. homeshuling said

    I just read this book to my Hebrew school class today. I was afraid it was too much of a girl book, but the boys were actually riveted.

    And thanks for the plug! If you’re really back to blogging I’ll put a link to your blog on my site.

  2. Yes, please, do keep up the blog. We need more sites for Jewish kid books!
    Especially one that uses words like cringe.

    When you’ve time, do please take a peek at my websize http://www.JewishEveryday.com. I’m trying to make a useful site for parents trying to raise little kids Jewishly.

    Thanks a bunch,
    Bible Belt Balabusta

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