Sunday, March 6, 2011

Raisel's Riddle by Erica Silverman and Susan Graber

Raisel's Riddle (Sunburst Book)

Purim is in two weeks, so I thought a fitting picture book for today would be Raisel's Riddle by Erica Silverman and illustrated by Susan Gaber, a Jewish Cinderella story set around Purim.

Book description from the publisher:

What's more precious than rubies, more lasting than gold?

Raisel knows. She learned it from her grandfather, a poor scholar who taught her. When he dies, Raisel finds work in the home of a rabbi. His jealous cook makes Raisel toil from sunup to sundown. And as the Jewish holiday of Purim approaches, Raisel works even harder. The rabbi's son presides over the Purim dinner, and Raisel listens closely when he responds to riddles posed by his guests. Is it possible that this young man can answer Raisel's riddle? Erica Silverman's lively retelling of the Cinderella story features a heroine for whom knowledge is as essential to happiness as love.
The good news is that this book is in print and will most likely remain so thanks to its popularity in education and as more unusual Cinderella story,

And now for some images of Susan Gaber's illustrations:

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