In the Market of Zakrobat
Imprint: Green Bean Books
32 Pages, 8.25 x 10.6 in, Illustrated throughout
- February 2022
- Out of print. Available in digital formats at the links below.
Yosef, Baltosar’s neighbour, is a hardworking cobbler who lives in poverty. Yet, every Friday, he goes to the market to buy something special for Shabbat. Yosef is famous for his festive Shabbat meals.
One night, Baltosar dreams that his boxes of gold grow feet and run away to Yosef. He wakes up screaming in terror and vows that Yosef will never have a penny of his great fortune. He comes up with the perfect scheme to keep his riches safe, or at least safe from Yosef, but things don’t quite go according to plan.
Told with humour and a lightness of touch, this classic fable of a miser’s comeuppance celebrates generosity of spirit and the joy of Shabbat as all the riches a person needs.
"Elon and Halberstadt’s interpretation of Yosef’s story is as sweet and rewarding as Yosef’s Shabbat celebration." ~Jewish Book Council
"Restoring the much-told tale to its Babylonian source is a welcome touch, and Elon and Halberstadt's light-hearted treatment will appeal to today’s readers, whether they’re hearing the story for the hundredth time, or the first." ~The Sydney Taylor Schmooze