Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Sholem Aleichem

I just wanted to share this little knickknack I found on the web recently- at, to be exact- a bobblehead doll of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, complete with a miniature edition of one of his short stories, newly translated.

Sholem Aleichem was a Russian-born Yiddish-language humorist who wrote many short stories, among them those in the volume Adventures of Mottel the Cantor's Son and others. He was referred to as the "Yiddish Mark Twain," although Mark Twain once referred to himself as the "American Sholem Aleichem".

It's really adorable. And he's a terrific writer. Read more about Sholem Aleichem at his Wikipedia entry.


Heidi Rabinowitz said...

I love this bobblehead! Have you read the picture book Sholom's Treasure by Erica Silverman? It's about the childhood of Sholom Aleichem, and how he became the sort of person who would grow up to be a famous Yiddish author. It's really great; it even won a gold medal from the Sydney Taylor Book Awards!

Marie Cloutier said...

I haven't read it but I'll look for it! Thanks for the heads-up. :-)