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Invisible Kingdoms: Jewish Tales of Angels, Spirits, and Demons
Synopses & Reviews
Come to a world where angels, ghosts, and demons walk amongst the living and anything is possible. Here, in nine tales of the supernatural, invisible creatures take shape and roam the earth to aid or interfere in the lives of humans. A magic staff makes a man see ghosts, a handsome demon tricks a village girl into marriage, and an angel directs a young man through a dangerous venture — in the guise of a goat!
Howard Schwartz's vibrant retelling of mystical Jewish folktales is full of magic and wonder. The stories span many centuries and range in origin from Middle East to Eastern Europe. Weather you believe in angels, ghosts, and demons is for you to decide, but not before you enter these invisible kingdoms and step into a world where the impossible takes shape and anything can happen!
How can a peasant win the hand of an angel s daughter? What would compel the Princess of Demons to save a human caught in her realm from the wrath of her father? And how can a newborn baby tell stories with such power that even the angels descend from heaven to hear them? This remarkable collection of mystical tales from around the world, as retold by award-winning Jewish folklore expert Howard Schwartz, answers all these questions and more. Richly illustrated in full-color by Stephen Fieser, this is the perfect gift for holidays, celebrations, and even just for fun.
About the Author
Howard Schwartz has edited three collections of Jewish folklore: Elijah’s Violin &Other Jewish Fairy Tales, Miriam’s Tambourine: Jewish Folktales from Around the World, and Lilith’s Cave: Jewish Tales of the Supernatural.Mr. Schwartz lives in St. Louis, MO.
Barbara Rush has edited Jews of Kurdistan and Seventy and One Tales for the Jewish Year: Folktales for the Festivals. She lives on Long Island, NY.
Uri Shulevitz has illustrated The Fool of the World &the Flying Ship: A Russian Tale, retold by Arthur Ransome, for which he received the 1969 Caldecott Medal. He lives in New York, NY.
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