Shlemazel and the Remarkable Spoon of Pohost

Currently out of print. You can order a signed, personalized copy directly from me.

Illustrated by Jacqueline M. Cohen

Published July 24, 2006 by Clarion/HMH

ISBN-10: 0618369597 (ISBN-13: 9780618369591)

Lazy Shlemazel is convinced he has no luck. But Moshke the tinker promises him that his luck will change if he sets to work using the “amazing, remarkable spoon of Pohost.” Shlemazel gets busy—tilling the poretz’s field, helping the miller, and baking cakes with pretty Chaya Massel. Although “luck” remains elusive, what Shlemazel does find is even better.

Lively Chagall-like illustrations capture the spirit of this traditional Jewish tale, a funny and thought-provoking look at how we make our own luck.

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Awards and Recognition

  • Finalist for the National Jewish Book Awards for illustrated children’s books
  • Sydney Taylor Honor Book


Employing a lively Yiddish cadence, the text is a storyteller’s delight, full of humor, hyperbole, and delicious adjectives.
(School Library Journal)

Stampler’s sweet tale of success will resonate with children…here’s hoping {author and illustrator} continue to work together.
(Kirkus Reviews)

With its wry twist on the trickster tradition, this story…will be great for storytelling.

Colorful folkloric illustrations tilt and swing across the page, perfectly complementing the well-told tale.
(Horn Book Guide)