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Chelm for the Holidays

By: Valerie Estelle Frankel

Short Stories

People say that when the angels distributed silliness throughout the world, their bowl tipped over and all the silliness spilled onto the town of Chelm. How do Chelmites know their Elders are the best at solving problems? Because they have the longest beards! This quick and easy read is great for younger kids.

Ages: 9+

68 pages

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Average Rating: (29 Ratings)

Chelm
Submitted 10/16/2019 by WildMaineGirl

Thumbs up!

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

Awesome book

good and funny!
Submitted 10/10/2019 by TechnologyKid

funny and interesting 🤓👍👍

it was bad and not funny
Submitted 10/10/2019 by AH360

it was not funny or intresting and did not make me laugh even once,it said it was a comedy and so I picked it cause I like those but was very BBBOOORRRIIINNNGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (by these exclamation points you could tell i hated it if you didnt get the hint

REALLY GOOD BOOK! YOU SHOULD DEFFINATELY GET IT!
Submitted 10/10/2019 by MissPenguin

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about friendship.

A very funny book! You should definitely read it! WARNING: I spent hour with this book... I reread it 5 or 6 times! SO GOOD! I would so pick this book! My brother picked this book and I read it and loved it. WARNING: Some of the stories were a bit boring, but I would still DEF pick!

Awesome book!
Submitted 10/4/2019 by artlover15

Thumbs up!

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

I really liked this book. Every story was about a different holiday. The characters were really funny.

Submitted 10/2/2019 by LManS

I liked this book.

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

I think the book is funny.

meh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 9/15/2019 by drummerboy10

I liked this book.

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

some words are hard to understand

HILARIOUS!!!!!
Submitted 9/11/2019 by Nugglebot

I read this book and I loved it! It has this ridiculous way of saying that they're not too smart by their last names. Here are some full names from this book:

Gimpel the Great Fool, Leib the Lackwit & Itzik the Silly.

It's amazingly funny with absolutely NO heavy drama. Like when they set out looking for matzah holes, and find a empty sack in a poor home which they think has holes in it because you can't see holes. To pay the residents of the poor home for the holes, they give them coins. The book is full of short stories 3-4 pages long. (Pages are small and have a sufficient amount of text. No pictures but very enjoyable). I found this book EXTREMELY funny.

+ five hundred stars
Submitted 9/6/2019 by sparkleface

************************************************(that is how many stars i give)

This is sooooooooooooooooooooo funny
Submitted 9/6/2019 by DrScience

Thumbs up!

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

Humor that is basically nonsense.
Submitted 9/5/2019 by AW2018

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

It was like a humor book except all of the humor is basically nonsense. Which is why it is sooooo funny! I would recommend this book to everybody I know!

funny folk tales
Submitted 9/5/2019 by gryffindor

I loved this book!

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

SOOOOOO FUNNY!
Submitted 9/4/2019 by coolsteel29

I loved this book!

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

This was a amazing book! I loved how funny it was! Valerie Estelle Frankel did a good job writing it. I would read more books by this author.

This book was one of the best books I've read
Submitted 9/4/2019 by TheCoolest123

Thumbs up!

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

I would say AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A so so read
Submitted 9/4/2019 by Zeus2010

This book was just OK

Chelm is a funny story but it could be better. Let me warn you the people in chelm are coo koo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Plus everyone has beards, yah EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pure hilariousness!
Submitted 9/4/2019 by richinator

Thumbs up!

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

Sure, it may not be the most action packed story, but let's face it; you can tell it is going to be funny when you hear that they tried to DROWN A FISH! 🐟🐟🐟

Funny!
Submitted 9/4/2019 by countrycritters

Thumbs up!

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

Mom and I laughed at the people of Chelm. They try so hard but are silly. They are nice to each other and live in a nice town. I liked this book of stories.

Hilarious!
Submitted 9/4/2019 by Yelly

Thumbs up!

It was very funny and you should definitely consider reading it

It wasn't as good as I expected.
Submitted 9/3/2019 by superstrad

I liked this book.

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

It was funny, but also a little bit boring. I wouldn't recommend it if you're trying to find a book to sit down and read over and over. If you are trying to find a book that's funny and not boring: I recommend reading the Rabbi Harvey books.

Yes!
Submitted 9/2/2019 by Yankelaimelire

I loved this book!

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

🦄Sooooooooo funny!
Submitted 9/1/2019 by RHTM2010

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This book can make any boy or girl laugh 😂 out loud 😆.

Submitted 7/8/2019 by sarelleo

I liked this book.

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

sooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!gooooooooooood
Submitted 7/3/2019 by florida

Thumbs up!

i love it you may 2

super funny! I can not put this book down! so so so so so so so so so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 7/3/2019 by cubsfan60

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

super good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amazing!!!!
Submitted 7/3/2019 by FlyingFish8

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This book was super funny and turned important messages and Jewish related history into fun! I honestly didn't much attention to Jewish history until I read this book! It's very silly book and appropriate for all ages. It's a little short so if you like long books this may not be the best choice. Although, it's a good book to read while traveling, to recommend, and when you're bored. All in all, this book will really cheer you up and give you lots of laughs!

Submitted 7/3/2019 by Danimara

Love this book. So funny
Submitted 7/1/2019 by sladulya

I would read more books by this author.

Cool!! Big fan of it.
Submitted 7/1/2019 by writer33

Thumbs up!

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

This book was pretty good. It was funny!

HOLIDAY TALES
Submitted 7/1/2019 by NationalDesignTeam

Chelm for the Holidays is a collection of short stories that take place in the village of Chelm. Some people say that when the angel distributing souls, he dropped a bag of foolish souls in Chelm!

These stories go through the different Jewish festivals but with a silly Chelm twist. For example, they completely run out oil on the eighth day of Chanukah so they try digging for oil, or taking oil from the street lamps, but it's not enough. Until finally they get some oily latkes and put them in the town menorah and light the latkes!

I think the book was funny but also short, so it may be better for a younger reader.

- Sheina Brocha, National Design Team

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Valerie Estelle Frankel
Author of Chelm for the Holidays


Valerie Estelle Frankel is an award-winning author who has written close to 50 books. She speaks four languages: English, Spanish, French, and Hebrew. She lives in California and once got to swim with a manatee!

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