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A Never-Ending Tale
Illustrated Parables of the Ba'al Shem Tov and His Disciples

By Gadi Pollack
Translated and Adapted by Yitzchok Kornblau
Feldheim Publishers, (2009)
ISBN: 978-1-5982-6318-3

Reviewed by Anna Dogole - March 6, 2009

A Never-Ending Tale: Illustrated Parables of the Ba'al Shem Tov and His Disciples is a delightful book for children and young-at-heart adults. This book interweaves parables by the Rabbi Israel Ba'al Shem Tov and his disciples such as Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, Rabbi Binyomin of Zlojitz, Rabbi Nachman of Breslav, Rabbi Shmuel Shmelke of Nikolsberg, Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Ben Yehudah of Ostrov, and Rabbi Boruch of Kosov, with a story line that expands upon these parables and which feature such intriguing characters as Fishel, an honest and simple man who is perhaps a bit too trusting and Robert, a well-dressed rogue.

This book is illustrated by Gadi Pollack, a renowned graphic artist and illustrator. The book is written a bit like a graphic novel, with the text printed right over the pictures, and with much of the dialogue presented in thought bubbles. The illustrations in this book run the gamut from two page spreads to smaller pictures that take four to fill a page. As well, be sure to study each picture in detail. You'll not only be amazed at Pollack's delightful artistic style, but you will find that he also illustrates several mini-tales, told through the illustrations, that unfold over several illustrations. For example, you will find a hot-air-balloonist who has a knack for getting into trouble!

A Never-Ending Tale is a great read-aloud book to share with pre-readers, and an even better read-alone book for young readers. Best of all, this is a book that will entertain and inspire readers of all ages, both with its eye-catching illustrations and unforgettable and enlightening parables. This book is a must for all Pollack fans, and if you are not a fan already, you will be after reading it. At which time, you'll want to go back and read Once Upon a Tale and A Moving Tale, the first two books in Pollack's Parables series, featuring Fishel and Robert. These books are also available in Hebrew, Spanish, and French, in addition to English.

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