Wooden Sword by Ann Redisch Stampler, Carol Liddiment

Wooden Sword

Ann Redisch Stampler, Carol Liddiment


Wooden Sword by Ann Redisch Stampler, Carol Liddiment

Disguised in servant's clothes, an Afghani shah slips out of his palace to learn more about his people. When he encounters a poor Jewish shoemaker full of faith that everything will turn out just as it should, the shah grows curious. Vowing that no harm will befall the poor man, he decides to test that faith, only to find that the shoemaker's cheerful optimism cannot be shaken. But the biggest challenge of the poor man's life is yet to come!';This tale of perseverance and confidence is told with well-researched authenticity and offers a positive view of this war-torn nation.'Kirkus Reviews';Despite the man's hardships, the simple yet elegant prose reinforces his optimistic refrain that ';everything turns out just as it should.' The lush, detailed backgrounds of the spreads bring to life the various settings. . . . Ideal for those looking to add ethnic diversity to their folktale collections.'School Library Journal';Liddiment's rich-hued paintings highlight the characters' goodheartedness while carefully incorporating many culture-specific details and motifs; the vibrant patterns and lush costumes play well against the desert backdrop.' The Horn Book Magazine';With the dramatic standoffs, readers will enjoy the uncluttered, double-page spreads and bright, detailed collage images that show the contrasts between palace and street.'Booklist';At its heart, this is a tale about maintaining a positive attitude and making the most of bad situations, and children will, with a little explaining, recognize these important themes.'The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books';Stampler has taken an age-old story about an Afghan ruler and created an uplifting treasure about understanding other religions. . . . This tale also illustrates the power of reflection. This book would make a fine addition to any multicultural collection.'Library Media Connection, starred review';Friendly eye contact between characters rivets readers' attention in this warm retelling of a traditional Jewish folktale where a good shah tests a poor man's faith by throwing roadblocks in his path.'Jewish Book World, starred reviewAnn Redisch Stampler is the author of both picture books and young adult fiction. Her picture books include National Jewish Book Award WinnerThe Rooster Prince of Breslov, as well asThe Wooden Sword,Go Home, Mrs. Beekman!,Ahlemazel and the Remarkable Spoon of Pohost, andSomething for Nothing. She's also the author of a young adult novelWhere It Began. The Eastern European folktales that started her picture book career were beloved stories she heard from her immigrant grandmother. Born on the East Coast and raised mostly in the West, she lives in Los Angeles.Carol Liddiment lives in England, in the Suffolk countryside with her two sons. As a child she spent much of her time riding horses and adopting wild animals! Now shespends her time illustrating books for children.

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1st April 2014




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