Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends –by: Gertrude Landa
First Page:JEWISH FAIRY TALES AND LEGENDS
[Illustration: "Where is the door?" (Page 21)]
JEWISH FAIRY TALES AND LEGENDS
"Aunt Naomi" (GERTRUDE LANDA)
When Childhood's toys have passed away, May Books become another play. Then may each book a blessing give And bring you pleasure while you live.
New York Bloch Publishing Co., Inc. " The Jewish Book Concern " 1943
Copyright, 1919, Bloch Publishing Company.
The very cordial welcome given to my earlier volume of "Jewish Fairy Tales and Fables" has prompted me to draw further upon Rabbinic lore in the interest, chiefly, of the children. How the wise Rabbis of old took into account the necessities of the little ones, whose minds they understood so perfectly, is obvious from such legends as those dealing with boyish exploits of the great Biblical characters, Abraham, Moses, and David. These I have rewritten from the stories in the Talmud and Midrash in a manner suitable for the children of to day.
I have ventured also beyond the confines of these two wonderful compilations. There is a wealth of delightful imagination in the legends and folk lore of the Jews of a later period which is almost entirely unknown to children. I have drawn also on these sources for some of the stories here presented. My desire is to give boys and girls something Jewish which they may be able to regard as companion delights to the treasury of general fairy lore and childish romance.
AUNT NAOMI. LONDON, March, 1919 .
THE PALACE OF THE EAGLES 15
THE GIANT OF THE FLOOD 27
THE FAIRY PRINCESS OF ERGETZ 35
THE HIGGLEDY PIGGLEDY PALACE 67
THE RED SLIPPER 77
THE STAR CHILD 87
ABI FRESSAH'S FEAST 99
THE BEGGAR KING 113
THE QUARREL OF THE CAT AND DOG 119
THE WATER BABE 127
SINBAD OF THE TALMUD 133
THE OUTCAST PRINCE 151
THE STORY OF BOSTANAI 163
FROM SHEPHERD BOY TO KING 173
THE MAGIC PALACE 179
THE SLEEP OF ONE HUNDRED YEARS 187
KING FOR THREE DAYS 195
THE PALACE IN THE CLOUDS 203
THE POPE'S GAME OF CHESS 213
THE SLAVE'S FORTUNE 225
THE PARADISE IN THE SEA 235
THE RABBI'S BOGEY MAN 243
THE FAIRY FROG 251
THE PRINCESS OF THE TOWER 259
KING ALEXANDER'S ADVENTURES 277 a. THE VISION OF VICTORY 277 b. THE LAND OF DARKNESS 282 c. THE WONDERS OF THE WORLD 288
"Where is the door?" Frontispiece
Og, riding gaily on the unicorn behind the Ark, was quite happy 26
A strange crowd of demons of all shapes and sizes poured into the synagogue with threatening gestures 36