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Book and Ebook Reviews of the Best Kids' Books - Read over 653 reviews for Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer,Maurice Sendak and see what others have to say about this book before you download. Read&Download Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer,Maurice Sendak Online Author:Isaac Bashevis Singer,Maurice Sendak Formats:Hardcover,Paperback,Audio,Cassette Publication Date:May 22, 2001


Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer introduces readers to
the village of Chelm in this Newbery Honor Book. Chelm is a village of
fools. The most famous fools—the oldest and the greatest—are
the seven Elders. But there are lesser fools too: a silly irresponsible
bridegroom; four sisters who mix up their feed in bed one night; a
young man who imagines himself dead. Here are seven magical folktales
spun by a master storyteller, that speak of fools, devils, schlemiels,
and even heroes—like Zlateh the goat.

The New York
Times
called Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories, "beautiful
stories for children, written by a master." The New York Book
Review
said, "This book is a triumph. If you have no older children
on your list, buy it for yourself." Singer's extraordinary book of
folklore is illustrated by Maurice Sendak, who won a Caldecott Medal for
Where the Wild Things Are.

Supports the Common Core
State Standards


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Reviews for Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories:

4

Oct 15, 2009

How to scare your kid stiff, old-country style, by Isaac Bashevis Singer, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak
4

Sep 24, 2019

A collection of Yiddish tales, some funny, others quite touching. The title story, the last in the book, was one of the latter, and probably my favorite in this volume. Many are set around Hanukkah, so this would be a perfect read for that time of year. If you have an interest in Eastern European Jewish village tales, or enjoy short story collections in general, this one is actually lovely.
3

Jan 13, 2018

A fun little book of very short Jewish folktales, all set around Hanukkah. Not much else to say about this one, except that fans of Maurice Sendak will enjoy his illustrations.
5

May 04, 2018

Whimsical, magical, and delightful children's stories, Zlateh the Goat is a collection of Jewish folktales that teach lessons. I am always captivated and drawn in by Singer's stories, and this book is no different, but these tales are not for just any children. Save them for the edgy kids who are not afraid of the dark side. Maurice Sendak's illustrations just add to the enjoyment.
3

Nov 01, 2017

I have really mixed feelings about this book. It is a collection of short stories written in folklore style and based on Jewish culture. There's no doubt that Singer's writing, Maurice Sendak's illustrations and Elizabeth Shub's translation into English are all top-notch and work well harmonically. However, I feel it's a mixed bag with the stories themselves: some are delightful; some strike me as strange and somewhat dark.

I relish the opportunity to "learn around the world" with my kids. I find I have really mixed feelings about this book. It is a collection of short stories written in folklore style and based on Jewish culture. There's no doubt that Singer's writing, Maurice Sendak's illustrations and Elizabeth Shub's translation into English are all top-notch and work well harmonically. However, I feel it's a mixed bag with the stories themselves: some are delightful; some strike me as strange and somewhat dark.

I relish the opportunity to "learn around the world" with my kids. I find that many well-written books based on other cultures invite the reader in, excite imagination, teach about the culture without really trying, and generally enhance appreciation, acceptance and understanding . I've found many other well-written books that are tailored to their own cultural audience, and though they are great books, well-suited for their intended readers, they don't offer a "bridge" of sorts to help those from other cultures understand/appreciate new ways of thinking, feeling, or communicating. Rather than helping my kids fall in love with the amazing culture and history of Jewish people, I am a bit concerned that this book falls in the second camp and may even push them away a little because it comes across to them as weird or scary. ...more
5

Apr 03, 2015

This book first made it on my radar because of the beautiful illustrations by Maurice Sendak. It turns out that the stories by the Polish born / Yiddish author Singer are delightful as well. There are are lots of references to Hanukkah and dreidel and the devil makes a couple of appearances. There are wise elders who aren't really so wise after all but who may give us a good laugh and there are certainly many lessons to be learned along the way. One of them from a dear old goat. Put all that and This book first made it on my radar because of the beautiful illustrations by Maurice Sendak. It turns out that the stories by the Polish born / Yiddish author Singer are delightful as well. There are are lots of references to Hanukkah and dreidel and the devil makes a couple of appearances. There are wise elders who aren't really so wise after all but who may give us a good laugh and there are certainly many lessons to be learned along the way. One of them from a dear old goat. Put all that and Sendak's illustrations together and you have one delightful book! ...more
1

Jun 15, 2009

One of our "test prep" books had an excerpt from Zlateh, so I thought this may be a good collection of short stories at my students' reading level. Not. I think one needs to be Jewish to understand the value of any of these stories. Zlateh the Goat even ended up being a really lame story. The commentary on the back cover hails the author as one of the last Yiddish storytellers, so I have a feeling that I'd feel differently about them if it were a part of my heritage.
5

Feb 27, 2014

This little book was something of a revelation. The stories are simple and profound--some humorous, some solemn, but all very good and two or three of them little masterpieces. My five-year-old needed a break from Narnia and this proved to be just the thing. Despite (or because of) the unfamiliar cultural details, he's become quite captivated with the stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer.
5

Mar 05, 2010

A collection of traditional Yiddish folk stories retold by Isaac Bashevis Singer and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. I really liked the story of the first schlemiel, but the title story is the best of all.
4

Mar 11, 2010

zlateh the goat was my favorite out of all the stories, with moments of weird goat sexuality. hmmm. Sendak's pen and ink drawings are quite nice as well.
3

Dec 24, 2018

Isaac Bashevis Singer's Foreword is probably my favorite part of the book - not because the stories are terrible, but because the Foreword sets the tone and background for the stories, which allowed me to understand them and appreciate them. I do not have a great knowledge of Jewish folklore and culture (I am familiar with Hanukkah. Dreidel I heard of, but I had to Google it to learn precisely what it is.), so it was interesting to read folktales from another culture. As with all folktales, Isaac Bashevis Singer's Foreword is probably my favorite part of the book - not because the stories are terrible, but because the Foreword sets the tone and background for the stories, which allowed me to understand them and appreciate them. I do not have a great knowledge of Jewish folklore and culture (I am familiar with Hanukkah. Dreidel I heard of, but I had to Google it to learn precisely what it is.), so it was interesting to read folktales from another culture. As with all folktales, there is a moral (or two) to be learned. I do recommend this book as a read-aloud and a way to introduce other cultural folklore, but I do so with caution. Children today are taught differently than when this book was published, so I feel like adults should be around to explain some things to children if questions should arise - from vocabulary to content. Some of the tales are dark, which may cause problems for sensitive readers. (view spoiler)[There is a picture of the devil that could be viewed as scary. One character wishes to die (Fool's Paradise) and a second character attempts to die (The First Shlemiel). The first character's foolishness is addressed and he learns that it is a blessing to live and dismisses thoughts of death while the second character's death wish is never really rectified and I see no sign of reconciliation. The non-reconciliation bothers me, because children might take away that it is all right to wish to die and attempt it. The author states in the Foreword that some of the characters are foolish and these two characters are clearly an example of this. I may be overreacting and I know the majority of children do not think about death, but recent events in my personal life and in the world have led me to be sensitive on the subject of taking one's own life. (hide spoiler)] These are just some of my concerns with the book, but I definitely think adults should check it out to see if it is something their young readers would enjoy. ...more
5

Dec 25, 2017

I recently retrieved my "Jewish Children's Collection" books from storage and was so pleased to find this book of my childhood. These stories have a Jewish storyteller's voice that imprinted my own writing at a very young age. I loved reading again about stories of Chanukah and winter in Chelm when the snow happens to be swirling outside my own window. From Schlemiel, to the foolish Elders of Chelm, to the loving relationship of a boy and his goat, these stories are full of tradition and wisdom. I recently retrieved my "Jewish Children's Collection" books from storage and was so pleased to find this book of my childhood. These stories have a Jewish storyteller's voice that imprinted my own writing at a very young age. I loved reading again about stories of Chanukah and winter in Chelm when the snow happens to be swirling outside my own window. From Schlemiel, to the foolish Elders of Chelm, to the loving relationship of a boy and his goat, these stories are full of tradition and wisdom.

Read along with I.B. Singer's, "The Power of Light," and of course, "Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins," by Eric Himmel. ...more
3

Dec 01, 2017

This was recommend as a Hanukkah book, and while it frequently mentions Hanukkah it doesn't really discuss it. These stories were generally very silly. Most of my kids laughed at many of them. They frequently made the Elders and other adults seem very stupid. My lower kids didn't follow this book very well, so I would say it was hit and miss.
5

May 04, 2019

Isaac Bashevis Singer is one of my favorite short story writers. Zlateh the Goat is a book about fools. All kinds of fools. And an occasional none fool. The Stories are delightful and have some depth. They bring us back to earlier times and to pre WWII Eastern Europe and a way life that no longer is.this book is written for kids of all ages.


4

May 17, 2019

A fun little book of Jewish folk tales. It must be a children's book because it is a Newbery Honor Book, but other than that, I couldn't really tell.
5

Aug 19, 2017

The existential question for all poor Jews is, "How are we going to get enough pancakes and jam for Hanukkah?"
5

Nov 09, 2019

An unexpectedly wonderful and funny set of folk tales by Singer with gorgeous illustrations by Sendak. A fantastic read of surprising examples of the poor judgements of our species.
5

Jul 10, 2019

I loved this droll book of Yiddish folk tales. Sendaks illustrations made it even better. My favorite is The First Schlemiel. I loved this droll book of Yiddish folk tales. Sendak’s illustrations made it even better. My favorite is The First Schlemiel. ...more
3

May 08, 2018

This book had lots of figuritive language, so I think it would be good to use this book to introduce that concept. The ending was not what I expected, but I was happy that it ended the way it did.
0

Oct 08, 2019

I didnt remember this title but I recognized the first story at the phrase whale meat. I associate it with middle school but I dont know why. I didn’t remember this title but I recognized the first story at the phrase “whale meat.” I associate it with middle school but I don’t know why. ...more
4

Dec 27, 2017

A great book of short stories to read to someone while it snows.
5

Dec 31, 2018

This was so great! I've never felt to Fiddler on the Roof in my whole life. It was a nice immersion into a different culture, and a different way of storytelling.
1

Jun 04, 2018

This is a series of entirely odd stories. I picked it to read to my daughter as it was nominated for the Newberry Award, and it was illustrated by Maurice Sendak (of Where the Wild Things Are). However, I can't say much more for the stores other than that they are in fact odd. They're not particularly funny or poignant, nor breathtakingly clever. We all breathed a sign of relief when we were done with them.
2

Dec 23, 2009

The sharp wit and storytelling ability of Isaac Bashevis Singer have definitely found their mark in the many and varied "Schlemiels" that populate most of the pithy stories in Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories.
These unimaginably foolhardy (yet strangely human) characters are absolutely a laugh a minute, and who better to elicit those laughs than the master of children's Jewish tales himself, Isaac Bashevis Singer? Though each story undoubtedly contains insight beyond the mere plot, young The sharp wit and storytelling ability of Isaac Bashevis Singer have definitely found their mark in the many and varied "Schlemiels" that populate most of the pithy stories in Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories.
These unimaginably foolhardy (yet strangely human) characters are absolutely a laugh a minute, and who better to elicit those laughs than the master of children's Jewish tales himself, Isaac Bashevis Singer? Though each story undoubtedly contains insight beyond the mere plot, young readers will likely love these stories for their unorthodox humor, and the way in which the narrator's voice seems to take so seriously every situation that arises even while it is being packed with a greater and greater number of uproarious and improbable details.
I like this book, which currently (December of 2009) is the only one of Isaac Bashevis Singer's three Newbery Honor books still in publication. In my view the best of the stories is likely the title one, Zlateh the Goat. It doesn't show off the author's humor the way that the other tales do, but instead gives a quieter, more thoughtful look at the affection between a boy and his goat when they face a harrowing danger one blizzardy winter day. ...more
2

Apr 05, 2010

This felt to me like a much longer book than it is. The stories just aren't to my taste. I planned to stretch it out over several days by reading just one story each day, but after reading the first couple of stories, I conveniently "lost" the book under a stack of papers on my desk and stopped reading it. The only reason I finally finished it is that it is a Newbery Honor book and I want to check it off of my list.

I think I enjoyed the story of Zlateh the Goat the most - at least the boy did This felt to me like a much longer book than it is. The stories just aren't to my taste. I planned to stretch it out over several days by reading just one story each day, but after reading the first couple of stories, I conveniently "lost" the book under a stack of papers on my desk and stopped reading it. The only reason I finally finished it is that it is a Newbery Honor book and I want to check it off of my list.

I think I enjoyed the story of Zlateh the Goat the most - at least the boy did something smart when the snowstorm hit. Some of the characters in the other stories were just too silly and I found it frustrating. Do I not understand these stories due to lack of knowledge of this culture? Would I enjoy them if they were stories I had grown up with? I just don't know. ...more

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