Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
The team behind Something for Nothing returns with another shtetl story, Shlemazel and the Remarkable Spoon of Pohost by Ann Redisch Stampler, illus. by Jacqueline M. Cohen. The lazy Shlemazel of the title (his name is the Yiddish word for an unlucky person), with a little well-intentioned trickery and the help of a magical spoon, is transformed into a mensch (a hardworking, upstanding citizen). Cohen's bright watercolors gracefully transport readers back to a world where there was great wisdom to be gleaned from the lives of tinkers, fools and babushka'd beauties. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
In an original tale set in a village down the road from Chelm, a young man named Shlemazel, "without luck," leads a lazy life indeed, for were he to do anything, surely he would meet some great misfortune. Moshke, the village tinker, presents him with the remarkable spoon of Pohost, which "finds luck." Shlemazel proceeds to use the spoon to grow grain, grind it at the mill and bake challah with the lovely Chaya Massel. Now with a bride, a bakery business and a cow to boot, Shlemazel credits all his achievements to hard work, not luck. Stampler's sweet tale of success will resonate with children; Cohen's brightly hued watercolor illustrations depict a cheerful Eastern European village bustling with energy. An author's note credits her mother as the inspiration for the story, and a glossary explains the Yiddish words. Author and illustrator previously collaborated on Something for Nothing (2003); here's hoping they continue to work together. (Picture book. 4-7) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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