To feed his starving family, a young serf steals a chicken from his
master's kitchen. Caught, his death sentence is commuted to
servitude in the Jewish ghetto. The youth, Tomas, trembles at the
thought of being bound to a mortal enemy. Once settled among a
moneylender's family, however, he discovers greater friendship and
kindness than he has ever known. But can Tomas protect his new
friends from the injustices of his old world?Especially appropriate
for 9- to 12-year-olds, this fable of tolerance vividly portrays
Jewish ghetto life in sixteenth-century Prague. Twenty distinctive
illustrations by famed artist Ben Shahn illuminate the text. This
new edition reintroduces a moving tale--one that's been out of
print for 25 years--to children and adults. Educators, Jewish study
groups, and other educational organizations will find it an
excellent addition to their reading lists; general readers will
find it inspirational as well. A preface by Margot Stern Strom is
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