Seven Good Years: A Yiddish Folktale

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9.1 X 8.7 X 0.4 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author
Shoham Smith studied industrial design at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design at Tel Aviv University. She is the author of collections of short stories and children's books. Smith received the Prime Minister's Prize and is a two-time winner of the ACUM Award for Furthering the Publication of Children's Books. Smith has also won the Devorah Omer Prize and the Lea Goldberg Prize. Smith lives in Tel Aviv with her partner and three children. Eitan Eloa graduated with excellence from the Department of Visual Communication at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design at Tel Aviv University and continues to teach illustration classes there. Eloa Illustrates children's books, graphic novels, editorial illustrations, and illustrated branding. His works have won the Israel Museum Award for Children's Book Illustration, a silver Medal from the American Society of Illustrators, and The Israeli Design Award among others.Ilana Kurshan is an American-Israeli author who lives in Jerusalem. She is the author of Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?: The Four Questions Around the World and If All the Seas Were Ink. The latter won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature in 2018.
PreS-Gr 2-Tuvia, a poor man with a wife and two children at home, is a porter in the local marketplace. When work runs out and he has no money to get food for Shabbat, the dejected man silently wishes "If only I could return home with something for my family." Suddenly, a man clothed all in green appears and informs the porter that "there are seven good years in store for you"--which just happens to include a pile of gold behind Tuvia's dilapidated house. And, when the seven years of good fortune are over, Tuvia and his family will simply return to the lifestyle they now have. The years go by in a flash, and when the man in green next encounters Tuvia, he is shocked at his appearance, his home, and his family. Just what happened in those seven years? A parenthetical phrase, "I'm glad you asked," appears throughout the tale as the narrator speaks directly to readers and answers self-posed questions. The pleasant ending reveals two surprises: how Tuvia and his family spent the gold, and what happens next to the family of four. The colorful, flowing cartoon illustrations set on white backgrounds provide a lighthearted setting. VERDICT Based on a story published in the early 1900s, Smith's retelling of this clever Yiddish folktale offers much food for thought and discussion.--Maryann H. Owen "School Library Journal, March 2023"