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Children’s Books: Unexpected Turns of Fate

Listen here, children, do you want to know something? Once upon a time in the 20th century there were storytellers who wrote only in Yiddish. They were men and women such as Jacob Kreplak (1885-1945), Leon Elbe (1879-1928) and Rachel Shabad (1898-1974), and they dreamed up stories about talking mushrooms and flying snakes and boys with skin like diamonds and the loneliness of the moon. If you wanted to read the stories you couldn’t, unless you knew Yiddish, but what? Now you can read them, because David Stromberg and some other scholars have translated the stories for the first time for an illustrated book called “In the…

Article source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/childrens-books-unexpected-turns-of-fate-1536884582

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