You Never Know by Francine Prose
A Legend of the Lamed-vavniks

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The town of Plotchnik hasn't had a drop of rain in forty days. But the town's humble shoemaker, Poor Schmuel, has the power to command rain and much more. What makes him so extraordinary? Nobody, including the town elders, can explain it until one nightthe Rabbi has a very strange dream.... Francine Prose and Mark Podwal bring to life with wit and flavor another Jewish legend in this tale of Schmuel and the holy Lamed-vavniks.
 

About Francine Prose

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Francine Prose is the author of sixteen books of fiction. Her novel "A Changed Man" won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and "Blue Angel" was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed "Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife", and the "New York Times" bestseller "Reading Like a Writer". A former president of PEN American Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Francine Prose lives in New York City. Mark Podwal had just graduated from medical school in 1971 when his work first appeared in the New York Times. His most recent book, Jerusalem Sky: Stars, Crosses and Crescents; You Never Know, his collaboration with Francine Prose, won a National Jewish Book Award in 1998. He lives in Harrison, New York.
 
Published May 29, 1998 by Greenwillow. 24 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Jewish tradition inspires this original tale about Schmuel the shoemaker, called Poor Stupid Schmuel by the townsfolk of Plotchnik because of his habit of forgetting to charge his customers. When a 40

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Jewish tradition inspires this original tale about Schmuel the shoemaker, called Poor Stupid Schmuel by the townsfolk of Plotchnik because of his habit of forgetting to charge his customers.

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