From CHOICE, January 2013
“Jewish folktales scholar Peninnah Schram writes in her introduction, Within the Jewish oral tradition are all the various genres of folktales that appear in world folklore: fairytales, mystical tales, supernatural tales, allegories, religious tales, Hasidic tales, trickster and “fool of the world’ tales, parables, fables, myths, and more. This oral tradition is central to the reinforcement and transmission of Jewish values. But these individual gems of wisdom and entertainment often are difficult to locate. In this expanded second edition. librarian and author Elswit creates an effective tool to help educators, storytellers, clerics, and general readers find these tales in modern, English-language sources…user friendly and entertaining….
Recommended. Academic, parochial, and public libraries; lower-level undergraduates and above, and general readers —D. Mizrachi, University of California, Los Angeles.