The Mountain Jews and the Mirror

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Yosef and Estrella have spent their whole lives in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. When they move to the city, they face a strange, unfamiliar world. Will their love survive the surprises of their new home? A funny and charming folktale-like story of mistaken identities.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2015-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV033020, JUV016210
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 600
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Ruchama King Feuerman

Ruchama King Feuerman is the author of two adult novels, Seven Blessings and In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist. This is her first children's book. She lives in Passaic, New Jersey.

Illustrator: Marcela Calderón

Marcela Calderon lives in Argentina. She likes the smell of graphite, the scent of wood pencils, the sound of chalk on paper, acrylic textures, and the feel of the eraser. Basically, she loves to draw.

Illustrator: Polona Kosec

Polona Kosec has an MA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. She illustrates with acrylics, but she also enjoys drawing with other materials. She lives in Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia.


Jewish Book Council

“This original folk story reads like a Sephardic Chelm-like tale set in Morocco . . . The lesson can be one of many, including that sometimes we shouldn’t be so quick to judge the person staring back at us in the mirror!” — Jewish Book Council


“Beautiful acrylic paintings in crimson, olive, fig, and umber illustrate the tale, with particular care given to the couple’s expressions as they navigate their emotions and new life together.” — Booklist

Publishers Weekly

" . . . the illustrations bring alive the bustle of Casablanca’s narrow streets, and the couple’s expressive eyes almost dare the audience not to feel at least a smidgen of empathy." — Publisher’s Weekly