The Magic Pomegranate

[A Jewish Folktale]

From the Series On My Own Folklore

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

The contest has begun! Three brothers travel to different countries to find the most unusual gift. The oldest brother finds a looking glass that shows him places far away. The middle brother buys a flying carpet. And the youngest brother discovers an unusual pomegranate. Each gift holds special power. But which one is the best? Find out which one in this delightful tale.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2008
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand On My Own Books
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2007-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.7
Reading Counts! Points 3.0
Text Type Folktale/Legend
Dewey 398.2
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 8.5
Lexile 690
Guided Reading Level N
ATOS Reading Level 4.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 114606
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator note, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Original artwork, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Peninnah Schram

Peninnah Schram is a storyteller, teacher, author, a recording artist, and a professor at Stern College of Yeshiva University. She is the author of many books of Jewish folktales and has recorded a CD of folktales, The Minstrel and the Storyteller. She has received many awards for her work including the Covenant Award for Outstanding Jewish Educator, The Circle of Excellence Award, and the National Storytellers Network Lifetime Achievement Award.

Illustrator: Melanie Hall

Melanie Hall grew up in Manchester-By-the-Sea, Massachusetts. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design and Pratt Institute, receiving her B.F.A. from Pratt Institute. She went on to earn her Master's Degree at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where she studied children's book illustration. She is the illustrator of over twenty-five children's books.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

On My Own Folklore

Folklore characters come to life in these magically illustrated titles. Each story shares both the facts and the fiction behind the tall tale and explains how the story became a part of folklore. View available downloads →


Kirkus Reviews

“Hall’s imaginative illustrations in jewel tones add to the fairy-tale qualities of the story, and an author’s note, glossary and suggested reading extend the use of the volume.”

MultiCultural Review

“These lively, fast-paced classic folktales, in a format that is easy to read, will appeal to young readers in grades two through five. Colorful illustrations matched to the text and a glossary also assist new readers in developing their skills.”
MultiCultural Review

School Library Journal

“The bright watercolor illustrations and good use of white space provide an enjoyable reading experience. A worthwhile addition to the easy-reader genre.”
School Library Journal