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In the month of Kislev: A story for Hanukkah
"In a charming story from the oral tradition, a rich man begrudges three hungry children the good smells emanating from his kitchen window, and insists that they should pay for them. The kindly town rabbi comes up with a solution that is completely fair but that also teaches the miserly merchant a valuable lesson. The strong black lines of the woodcuts, combined with the colors of oil paint, give the illustrations the quality of stained glass." -- The Horn Book. PJ Library Selection.

The Golden Flower: A Taino Myth from Puerto Rico // La flor de oro
An enchanting picture book that invites readers to enter the world of a joyful creation myth that tells the origin of Boriquén -- the island of Puerto Rico.“The story is told in a simple, lyrical style that will quickly involve young listeners in the myth... A welcome addition to the folklore shelves.” —Kirkus

La flor de oro: un mito taíno de Puerto Rico
El libro relata sobre como se creó la isla de Puerto Rico, basada en la leyenda indígena de los Taínos. El cuento lleva a lector a una época antes de la llegada de los españoles, cuando los taínos que vivían en la isla le llamaban a su tierra Boriquén. Con ilustrucaciones de Enrique O. Sanchéz.


The Way Meat Loves Salt: A Cinderella Tale from the Jewish Tradition
In this flavorful Jewish Cinderella tale, Mireleh's courageous journey is peppered with a perfect blend of magic and romance, leading to a reconciliation with her beloved father. Lavishly illustrated in Louise August's bold linocuts, The Way Meat Loves Salt -- a PJ Library selection -- makes a wonderful gift for read-aloud with young children or independent readers (7 and up).


Patakín: World Tales of Drums and Drummers (with bonus CD)
Jaffe has assembled an impressive collection of ten folktales from around the world, each involving a drum. A classic Korean story; an eerie Inuit legend; a scary Irish tale...One cannot read these pages without wanting to tap out a rhythm, the very heart of the story. A fine collection of stories to read and tell. - School Library Journal; NYPL Best Book for the Teen-Age Selection.

The Cow of No Color: Riddle Stories and Justice Tales from Around the World
With tales from Africa, Asia, and Europe, to schools and courtrooms in the U.S., The Cow of No Color is truly an international gathering. Ranging from tricks to watch for in playground games to big issues to ponder for a lifetime, here is a book with insights and challenges for every member of every family. NCSS Notable Book for the Social Studies; Keystone State Reading Association Young Adult Book Award.

In the month of Kislev: A story for Hanukkah -- A PJ Library Selection
An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists and a Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year

Selected Works

picture book
"Mendel the peddler and his hard-working wife are so poor they can't buy a single potato for Hanukkah but, miraculously, their daughters fall asleep contented each night after smelling the delicious aroma of latkes...A winning tale, unusually well told and presented". (for purchase)
Folktale picture book
"Glowing colors, stylized figures... are the hallmarks of the eye-catching art, while the spare, clipped prose makes this a folktale beginning readers can tackle". - SLJ (for purchase)
"Children will enjoy the triumph of the outcast as well as the loving connections between the generations and between the stories." -Booklist (for purchase)
Folklore collection
Recounting ten myths about drums and drummers from around the globe, Jaffe shows readers both the universal power of drums and the richness of folk traditions. Patakín brings rhythm to life -- on the page! (for purchase)
Folktale anthology
" This fine collection of folktales underscoring differing cultural values and way of considering justice...seem particulary timely for families with school-age children". -New York Times Book Review (for purchase)