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  1. says:

    What a lesson this book turned out to be A poor family in a one room house are driving each other crazy The father goes to the rabbi for help and rabbi’s suggestions make things worse and worse each time he goes He tells them to bring and animals into the house Everyone is about to go mad After putting the cow in the house the Rabbi finally tells the father to take all the animals out and lo and behold they have so much space and there is so much peace It had to get worse before they could appreciate what they had I guess if things get worse and then better you will better appreciate the better you had all along I get the lesson but I don’t uite know if it’s true I guess sometimes it is I need space and having that many people in one room would drive me mad even if we were all well behavedThe children didn’t know what to make of this Each animal that was taken in the house made the children laugh and and they couldn’t understand why you would do that Some of the children had bare bottoms and they laughed and laughed over that They don’t really get what it would be like to have that many people in one room The kids sometimes drive me crazy when they are in the house all day as they whine and fight together Our house still has lots of room compared to this The nephew gave this 4 stars for being funny and showing bare butts and the niece gave this 3 stars and she laughed with this and enjoyed it but she wanted to figure it out This is a beginning book for everything it was a pleasure to read The artwork feels sloppy but it works for the story


  2. says:

    I consider picture books to be the 7 singles of the book world Every now and then you come across the 3 minute gem called the Perfect Pop Record And so it is with its euivalent among picture booksMargot Zemach's IT COULD ALWAYS BE WORSE is one of them I should frame it and hang it on the wall in case I have a bout of thinking things couldn't be worse I should hang a copy on the wall of my office as wellSpeaking of which this story helped me in dealing with an office situation A temporary and ambitious Iranian colleague of mine couldn't stop complaining about the meaningless work she has to do This bothered me because usually I'm the one doing the complaining although it has lessened over the years because it became harder and harder to find original ways to complain It was almost a role reversal and her her complain I felt how my colleagues must have felt when I did it Sometimes I think she was sent to teach me this lesson Anyway being the diplomatic and harmonious type I never told her to shut up and stop complaining Instead I taught her a lesson I told her this yiddish folk taleShe got the message And smiled because she liked the packageDid she stop complaining? Not really but our mutual awareness of the problem has made her groaning playful tongue in cheek The power of literature A few words about the drawing the increasing chaos of the 'Jan Steen' household in the one room hut is drawn with infectious relish And I liked the fact that the rabbi to whom the head of the household goes to complain of his situation was drawn sitting alone outside––a perfect counterpoint to the mess in the hut This is the kind of elegance that marks perfect pop records and ditto picture books


  3. says:

    This Yiddish folk tale reminded me a lot of a childhood favorite called Too Much Noise The structure of the two stories are basically the same Of course I have to love the one I grew up with and look at this one as a not uite good enough wanna be But I did enjoy the story and the lesson it teaches I also enjoyed many fun details in the illustrations as the chaos in the house intensifies with each new piece of advice from the Rabbi I really felt for the poor mom who never gets a speaking part yet looks miserable as she puts up with it all This was a Caldecott Honor winner in 1978 Margot Zemach had previously won a Caldecott Medal in 1974 for Duffy and the Devil and her first Honor award in 1970 for The Judge Her style isn't really my favorite but she does include fun details that add to the story


  4. says:

    This children’s book is a perfect example to explain that every problem that is bothering you “could always be worse” because the poor unfortunate man follows the Rabbi’s orders and realizes that his hut isn’t so small after all In a classroom setting this activity would allow the children to understand that we should be grateful for what we have because we would always be in a situation where the issues could be much worse Perhaps the teacher could have the students write on index cards things around the classroom that they could improve on Then after reading any suggestions that would be obnoxious for the children like I wish we had a puppy to play with inside The teacher would then bring in the puppy and then the children would have to pick up after it later realizing they don’t want to have a messy puppy The teacher then takes it away and the classroom might miss the puppy but be grateful that they do not have to clean up after the mess being grateful for what they didn’t have


  5. says:

    A humorous approach to gratitude A poor man's large family is crowded into a small house and there's bickering and noise and discomfort The poor man asks the rabbi what to do and is instructed to bring his chickens goose and rooster into the hut Things get worse so the rabbi instructs him to bring additional animals into the hut until life is unbearableand he recognizes that things were pretty good with just his family into the hut After all it could always be worse While the illustration style is not my favorite it certainly lends humor and support to the cramped and uncomfortable space inside the hut particularly with the animals there


  6. says:

    The title of this book is my mantra Things could always be worse So naturally I love this little folk tale Incidentally so does my therapist she recommended it to me She has not however recommended that I bring farm animals into my house like the holy rabbi in this story Thank goodness because my farm animals can get ROWDY


  7. says:

    A Yiddish folktale which shows that a change in perspective can make all the difference


  8. says:

    It Could Always Be Worse is a Yiddish folktale adapted by Margot Zemach It’s a humorous story that teaches an important lesson In the story a poor man is upset by his crowded noisy living conditions In his little one room hut lives himself his mother his wife and their six children In frustration the man visits the Rabbi for advice The Rabbi gives strange advice “Go home and take the chickens the rooster and the goose into your hut to live with you” The surprised man agrees to do what the Rabbi asks After a few days the man goes back to the Rabbi telling him the living conditions are worse than before The Rabbi then tells the man to bring the goat into the house then the cow on the next visit Now after the third visit to the Rabbi there are feathers in their soup honking clucking pushing fighting trampling and most importantly no room Completely fed up the man visits the Rabbi a fourth time This time the Rabbi instructs the man to take all of the animals out of the hut That night the poor man and all of his family slept peacefully The story ends with the man telling the Rabbi that he has made life sweet for him His hut is now so roomy so uiet and so peaceful with just his family living there I have never heard of this folktale before I absolutely loved it and the lesson to appreciate what you have; things could always be worse We live in a society that believes that when things are going bad they forget that it could always be worse I am very guilty of that type of thinking This is a great story to have the children retell or practice seuencing events Yiddish is the traditional language of the Jewish people This story creates a great opportunity to explore another culture It’s a wonderful story which teaches a valuable lesson in a silly childlike way


  9. says:

    I absolutely loved this book I thought it was a great lesson for younger students The lesson would be that sometimes when your world seem crazy it could always be crazier I choose to randomly read this book because of the title because i know things can always be worse In this book something that really stood out to me was you only heard one characters voice instead of any of the other characters Just looking at the cover you could grasp the idea that these people lived in a small crowded house and that what makes the title tie into the book I would always look at the picture before I started reading The splashes of color throughout the book was just absolutely beautiful It gave so much detail in what looks like water color You could really grasp what each page was going to be talking about just by the picture I think this did deserve the Caldecott Honor award The pictures had so much detail and yet it wasn't the perfect drawn out lines it was the illustrators own twist on the art work I would recommend this books to anyone even if it did have a religious side of it I think the overall lesson of the book was perfectly portrayed


  10. says:

    According to the book flap this tale stems from Eastern Europe and includes three classic hallmarks of a Yiddish Folktale• First it is set in a shtetl • It depicts shtetl dwellers turning to their local rabbi for advice • And the story is laden with humor and intelligence I'm coming to realize that I like Yiddish folktales I haven't read that many yet but the ones I have put a smile on my face and make me appreciate good old fashioned wisdomshtetls Small Jewish villages that dotted the landscape of Eastern and Central Europe from medieval times the the 20th century They were usually rural and humble and it was not uncommon for large families to share small modest homes


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It Could Always Be Worse A Yiddish Folk Tale [PDF / EPUB] It Could Always Be Worse A Yiddish Folk Tale Once upon a time a poor unfortunate man lived with his mother his wife and his six children in a one room hutBecause they were so crowded the children often fought and the man and his wife argued When Once upon a time a poor Always Be MOBI ò unfortunate man lived with his mother his wife and his six children in a one room hutBecause 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 helpAs 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 It Could PDF/EPUB or 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 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year and a Caldecott Honor Book.

  • Paperback
  • 32 pages
  • It Could Always Be Worse A Yiddish Folk Tale
  • Margot Zemach
  • English
  • 11 June 2016
  • 9780374436360

About the Author: Margot Zemach

Margot Zemach was an American illustrator Always Be MOBI ò and author of children's books Many were adaptations of folk tales from around the world mostly Yiddish and other Eastern European stories Zemach won the Caldecott Medal for her illustrations of the picture book Duffy and the Devil which was written by her husband.