Reading Notes: Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends, Part B

The Higgledy-Piggledy Palace: Picture found here

My favorite reading tone and storyline was set in The Higgledy-Piggledy Palace. First of all, I love the creativity found in the title, and how it relates to all the chaos of “spirits” and emotions later in the story. It begins by setting up the characters in the story, describing Sarah as the most beautiful and greatest mother to the Jewish. This gives me a base to start with for an introduction. I also love the strong use of vocabulary including words such as, “dazzling, radiance, countenance, glorious…” Abraham thought that the Egyptians would seize Sarah due to her great beauty, so he concealed her in a box. Why would you conceal someone so treasured in a box? This just makes my mind wander as different ways of “hiding” such treasure. As a way to keep her concealed, Abraham payed the price on the highest of gems. The attitude that the guards gave, followed by the arresting of Abraham and the opening of the box revealed an amazing gem indeed. Sarah was sent to the king despite the hopes that Abraham had. When I read that she lied about her relation with Abraham I quickly wondered what would happen if they found out about her lie, and that he was actually her husband. After creating illness and shocking Pharoah with it, he announced that if anyone messes with Sarah they will regret it and be punished by God. The Fairy Frog was a change of tone. It started out dreary as the old couple died and the day before the Passover Hanina set out to fulfill his word that he promised to his father. I thought it showed a very good lesson that you stay true to your word even if it seems strange at the time. He was given many great blessings for following through with his word, and not letting the strange predictions get in his way of staying true. The frog could represent a fairy in many different tales. Maybe a tale could include only animals, and a love story combining both the story from above and this one. The story could set with two cats, two horses, or two dogs in love trying to get the other across the land without the king of all seizing the other. The fairy frog could somehow come into the picture and save them, instead of the spirit that Abraham was able to utilize. The fairy frog could create many fairy tale endings for many different characters, in many different stories.

Bibliography:

Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends by Gertrude Landa: link to the reading online

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