Raisel's Riddle by Erica Silverman
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A Jewish Cinderella

What's more precious than rubies, more lasting than gold?

Raisel knows. She learned it from her grandfather, a poor scholar who taught her. When he dies, Raisel finds work in the home of a rabbi. His jealous cook makes Raisel toil from sunup to sundown. And as the Jewish holiday of Purim approaches, Raisel works even harder. The rabbi's son presides over the Purim dinner, and Raisel listens closely when he responds to riddles posed by his guests. Is it possible that this young man can answer Raisel's riddle? Erica Silverman's lively retelling of the Cinderella story features a heroine for whom knowledge is as essential to happiness as love. In striking paintings, Susan Gaber captures all her beauty, external and internal.

About Erica Silverman

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ERICA SILVERMAN received a Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor for the original Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa book, the first of six books. In addition, she has written many books for children, including "When the Chickens Went on Strike", " Big Pumpkin", and "Don't Fidget a Feather". She lives in Los Angeles, California. Susan Gaber has illustrated a number of picture books, including "When Winter Comes, The Stable Where Jesus Was Born, " and "The Very First Thanksgiving Day." She lives with her family in Huntington, New York.
Published March 2, 1999 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 40 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Silverman (The Halloween House, 1997, etc.) tells of Raisel, an orphan girl who is raised by her scholarly grandfather until his death;

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"Starring a Jewish orphan in a long-ago Polish village, this colorful, expertly structured variation on Cinderella offers an independent-minded heroine and a tie-in to Purim that grounds the story without limiting its appeal," wrote PW in a starred review.

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