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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


Average Rating: (8 Ratings)

Submitted 7/8/2019 by sarelleo

I liked this book.

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

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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!

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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