A Jewish Bestiary: Fabulous Creatures from Hebraic Legend and Lore

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Penn State University Press
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7.55 X 9.33 X 0.67 inches | 1.11 pounds

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About the Author

Mark Podwal achieved early recognition for his drawings on the New York Times Op-Ed page. His art is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Israel Museum, and the Jewish Museums in Berlin, Prague, Vienna, and New York, among other venues. He is the illustrator of a number of books, including Hebrew Melodies, also published by Penn State University Press.


"A children's book for grown-ups, A Jewish Bestiary is modest in appearance, broad in learning and deep in subtle humor."

--The New York Times

"In repurposing symbols of non- and anti-Jewish dominance, the page asserts a Jewish read of history and the animal kingdom--exactly what a Jewish bestiary should do."

--PJ Grisar, The Forward

"Just in time for Chanukah and Hanukkah gifting, Mark Podwal's latest volume of myth and lore, A Jewish Bestiary: Fabulous Creatures From Hebraic Legend & Lore (The Pennsylvania State University Press), is a menagerie between covers."

--Steven Heller, Print

"A Jewish Bestiary is a treasure trove of Jewish beliefs about the actual and mystical roles animals play in our lives."

--Fred Reiss, San Diego Jewish World

"It is a beautiful book to enjoy and makes a good present, suitable for a wide audience."

--Maria Cioată, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

"A Jewish Bestiary, updated from the 1984 version, is a book truly for all ages."

--Ellen Share, Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews