It Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish Folk Tale Retold and with Pictures
It Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish Folk Tale Retold and with Pictures
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Annotation: Unable to stand his overcrowded and noisy home much longer, a poor man goes to the Rabbi for advice.
Genre: Fairy tales
Catalog Number: #4827236
Format: Paperback
All Formats: Search
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 1976
Edition Date: 2011
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-374-43636-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-374-43636-0
Dewey: 398.2
Dimensions: 23 x 26 cm.
Subject Heading:
Folklore. Soviet Union.
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
A wise rabbi doles out surprising advice to a man complaining of overcrowded quarters in this Yiddish folktale; Zemach's exuberantly chaotic illustrations earned her a Caldecott Honor. Ages 3-up. (Sept.)
Word Count: 829
Reading Level: 3.7
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 18679 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.5 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q05937
Lexile: AD590L

Once upon a time a poor unfortunate man lived with his mother, his wife, and his six children in a one-room hut. Because they were so crowded, the children often fought and the man and his wife argued. When the poor man was unable to stand it any longer, he ran to the Rabbi for help. As he follows the Rabbi's unlikely advice, the poor man's life goes from bad to worse, with increasingly uproarious results. In his little hut, silly calamity follows foolish catastrophe, all memorably depicted in full-color illustrations that are both funnier and lovelier than any this distinguished artist has done in the past. It Could Always Be Worse is a 1977 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year, and a 1978 Caldecott Honor Book.

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