Zhen Yu and the Snake
In long ago China, a girl named Zhen Yu wanders away from her father at a busy market. A mysterious fortune teller helps Zhen Yu’s father find her, but also warns him that one day his daughter will be bitten by a snake on her wedding night. Years later, as Zhen Yu is dressing for her wedding, a knock comes on the door. Although it is her wedding day, she is not too busy to show kindness to a stranger. She opens the door, sticking her hairpin into the silk wall, unknowingly killing the lurking snake that the fortune teller had foretold. “It was the mitzvah of giving to the poor that kept you safe,” says her father. Based on the Talmudic tale of Rabbi Akiva’s daughter and a snake.
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 2|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Kar-Ben Publishing ®|
|Number of Pages||24|
Author: Erica Lyons
Erica Lyons is chair of the Hong Kong Jewish Historical Society and is the Hong Kong Delegate to World Jewish Congress. She's also the founder and manager of PJ Library Hong Kong. She lives in Hong Kong.
Illustrator: Renia Metallinou
Renia Metallinou studied graphic design in the Athenian Design College. She works in pencil, ink, and digital media as well as gouache, watercolors, and collage. She lives in Greece.
- Tablet Magazine's Best Jewish Children's Books of 2023
“A novel take on a traditional tale.”―Kirkus Reviews
“A gripping tale that is enhanced with lively illustrations from Metallinou. Together the story and images make for a remarkable and unique picture book.”―Asian Review of Books
“This story is an excellent and rich addition to Jewish children’s literature.”―Sydney Taylor Shmooze