Though mocked by the rest of the villagers, poor Schmuel the shoemaker turns out to be a very special person.
Explains how a botched mission by two angels created the town of fools known as Chelm.
A retelling of the Jewish legend of the golem created by the Rabbi to defend the Jews of Prague
Because forty days before a baby is born the angels in heaven decide whom it will marry, nothing prevents the wedding of Leah and Chonon from taking place.
An old Japanese woman with a talent for making rice dumplings uses her wits to escape from a cavern filled with ogres.
Prince Mainichi and Princess Ichinichi are visited by a rude dwarf, who inflicts upon them evil and dangerous games before revealing his true self.
Apprentice Tom and the Spook for whom he works flee to Ireland, where a powerful witch has joined forces with the dark mages trying to call forth ancient powers to destroy Tom.
Constantly suffering from the cold, Sam makes his companion on the Arctic trail promise to cremate him when he dies, which the companion does–to his great surprise.
According to Eskimo myth, Berry Woman was asked by Raven to look after the animals and birds. Superb woodcuts illustrate the Eskimo legends that Grandmother tells to her rapt audience, four children clinging to her “on the bedplace.”
Illustrations, maps, diagrams, concise biographies, and many interesting facts are used to tell the story of the building of the Panama Canal, as well as to give insight into the struggles and sacrifices that were made by those who played their part in its construction.