No one in the village had ever seen a full moon. Ever! If the sky was cloudy, the moon was covered; if the night was clear, the gaggle of witches would emerge from their cave and create such a noisy ruckus that people were too busy covering their ears. One day, a grandmother went to the Rabbi with a request. She wanted to see the full moon one time before she died. Could he help? He thought about the problem and came up with a solution, but it would take 29 of the brave men in the village. Were they brave enough?
Picky readers and kids of all ages can enjoy this folktale all year long. This is an excellent choice for reading with kids of multiple ages, reluctant readers, or classroom read-alouds.
"This is funny," she said when we read this the first time. She particularly liked the cleverness that the rabbi used to solve the problem. AT first she thought it was going to be about Halloween, but it really doesn't have anything that hints at October 31.
What a fun book to share! It is a great folktale with an element of humor, too. The colors are very basic - pale blue, black/grey, and white - and, when combined with the simple drawings, really evoke that "classic" story feel. This is a great selection for a dormant reader.
This is a folktale for all ages.
Use this as a tool for explaining how folktales work as a story and as a cultural medium. You could also use this to talk about creative problem solving, and weather, too.
7 to 9
4 to 8
Read with and by an 8-year-old girl.
Borrow, at least. This ranks up there with Aesop's fables as a book every family should have handy.