Author: Peninnah Schram
Illustrated by: Melanie Hall
Paperback: 48 page(s)
Age Range: 7 - 10
The contest has begun! Three brothers travel to different countries to find the most unusual gift. The oldest brother finds a looking glass that shows him places far away. The middle brother buys a flying carpet. And the youngest brother discovers an unusual pomegranate. Each gift holds special power. But which one is the best? Find out which one in this delightful tale.
From The Critics:
School Library Journal
Schram retells one of the best-known and often-anthologized stories from the Jewish tradition. This version of the cumulative tale has been greatly abridged for beginning readers. Three brothers go off to seek adventure and return 10 years later bearing different enchanted items: a looking glass, a carpet, and a pomegranate. When a wise and beautiful princess in a faraway kingdom is dying, the king offers her hand in marriage to the one who can save her life. After each brother uses his magical gift in order to heal her, she must choose which young man she wants to marry. The bright watercolor illustrations and good use of white space provide an enjoyable reading experience. A worthwhile addition to the easy-reader genre.
These lively, fast-paced classic folktales, in a format that is easy to read, will appeal to young readers in grades two through five. Colorful illustrations matched to the text and a glossary also assist new readers in developing their skills.