The Rabbi And The Twenty-nine Witches


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?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

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.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

"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.

Parent Reaction

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.

Type of Book:
This is a folktale for all ages.
Educational Themes:

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.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read with and by an 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. This ranks up there with Aesop's fables as a book every family should have handy.

Title The Rabbi and the Twenty-Nine Witches
Author Marilyn Hirsch
Publisher Marshall Cavendish Corp/Ccb © 2009
Illustrators Marilyn Hirsch
ISBN 9780761455868
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Fables and Folklore, Judaism
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