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The Mysterious Visitor: Stories of the Prophet Elijah

by Nina  Jaffe
Illustrated by Elivia Savadier

Published by Scholastic, 1997
112 pages
ISBN: 0-590-48422-2

Age 4 - adult

Hundreds of tales can be found in Jewish folklore about the prophet Elijah, a messenger from heaven to earth. Jewish children begin to learn about this popular prophet when the door is opened for Elijah to attend the Passover Seder meal. Elijah tales are for all children, however. All children can enjoy the eight tales Jaffe chose for this handsome volume, including "The Dream," "The Bear in the Forest," and "Elijah and the Fisher Boy." Jaffe's helpful introduction precedes the tales, and there is a glossary, notes about these stories, a bibliography and a list of other books containing Elijah stories. The collection is beautifully designed, the high point of which is Savadier's marvelous paintings; eight are reproduced in full color and placed opposite the opening page of each tale. CCBC categories: Folklore, Mythology and Traditional Literature (GMK; Dec 23)  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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