Lemuel, the Fool by Myron Uhlberg

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Lemuel is a fisherman and a fool. He dreams of building a boat that will take him across the sea to the enchanted, magical city that he is sure must lie just beyond the horizon. As time passes, his dream grows stronger, and despite his wife’s protests, Lemuel sets out on his journey. How will he know he’s going the right way? He ties a red scarf on the bow and a rope to the stern; as long as the scarf waves before him and the rope trails behind, he knows he’ll be heading in the right direction.

Disoriented after a storm, Lemuel lands near a strange new village—except that it’s strangely familiar, from the boats drawn up on the dock, to the hissing cats in the street, to the woman who looks and talks exactly like his own dear wife and lives in a house exactly like his own. The strange woman even calls him by name and makes him come home for dinner—where the furniture looks just like that in his home and the clothes he changes into fit him quite well. Later that night, a very confused Lemuel sets sail for home, telling himself, "I’ve had enough of this madness." With the red scarf before him and the rope trailing behind, he’s confident he’ll arrive home again—and be safely back among the familiar.


About Myron Uhlberg

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Myron Uhlberg is the author of several picture books. A retired businessman, he lives in California. Sonja Lamut has received numerous awards for her work in the U.S. and in Europe. She has illustrated more than thirty books, including Lemuel the Fool, How Many Candles?, Alex and the Cat, and The Private Diary of Katie Roberts. She lives in New York and teaches illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Published March 1, 2001 by Peachtree Pub Ltd. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Uhlberg (Mad Dog McGraw, 2000, etc.) presents a properly poker-faced retelling of a popular European folktale.

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