The Peddler and the Baker

Yael Molchadsky

A poor but happy peddler lives in the attic of a bakery. Whilst he does not have much, he is content with his life. Every morning, he wakes up to the wonderful smell of freshly-baked bread and loudly exclaims his joy through the open window.
Date Published :
September 2020
Publisher :
Green Bean Books
Contributor(s) :
Liora Grossman
Illustration :
30 color illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781784384814
Pages : 32
Dimensions : 8.5 X 5 inches
Stock Status : In stock


‘Hallelujah for a brand new day and the wondrous smell that floats my way.’

A poor but happy peddler lives in the attic of a bakery. Whilst he does not have much, he is content with his life. Every morning, he wakes up to the wonderful smell of freshly baked bread and loudly exclaims his joy through the open window.

The baker, however, grows ever more irate that the peddler should enjoy the smell of his bread without ever paying for it. He asks the Rabbi for help.

The Rabbi summons the peddler and instructs him to return in one week with enough money to pay the baker back for all the times he has enjoyed the smell of his challah. The peddler works harder than ever that week. On Friday morning, when he returns with as much money as he can scrape together, the Rabbi takes his coin-pouch and shakes it for the baker to hear. The sound of the coins is payment, the Rabbi says, for the smell of the bread. Sound and smell, just like Shabbat, are free for everyone in the world to enjoy.

A delightful retelling of an inspiring folktale, The Peddler and the Baker teaches the importance of sharing and inclusivity, the beauty of Shabbat and the idea that anyone, regardless of their circumstances, has the right to find joy in the world.

A recipe for challah follows the story.

About The Author

Yael Molchadsky is the director of the Children's and YA department at Israel's Kinneret-Zmora-Dvir publishing house. She has translated picture books from English and German and is a sought-after speaker on Children's and YA literature. The Chameleon that Saved Noah's Ark, her first book for children, was translated into five languages.

Liora Grossman was born in Lithuania during the Soviet regime and immigrated to Israel when she was 5 years old. She graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and has illustrated more than 100 children books in Israel and Europe. She has illustrated food columns in some of Israel’s leading newspapers and teaches Illustration at Holon Institute of Technology.


'The lessons taught by this simple, well-told tale are simultaneously self-evident and sophisticated. The reader’s primary take-away is that greed doesn’t pay, but there are many other ethical issues embedded in the simple prose: honesty, the value of hard work, the benefits of asking learned advice, and, importantly, the joy of a creative approach to a problem. The rabbi is not caricatured in this charming story and, along with the humour, a sense of respect shines through. The illustration is just as spectacular as the witty text, using appealing muted tones, facial expression, and body language. The artist’s rendition of a bustling, productive, yet generally serene town is superb. Two small children, peeking out over the stairway wall, and bookcases crammed with clearly beloved and well-used books are examples of the artist’s attention to detail. The illustrations partner with the winsome text to both entertain and educate.’  - Michal Hoschander Malen, editor of Jewish Book Council  

- Jewish Book Council

'A poor peddler lives above a bakery. Every day, he enjoys the smell of bread baking —until the grumpy baker decides to charge him for this pleasure. But a clever rabbi outwits the baker and brings about a just solution, while teaching about the beauty of Shabbat. The Peddler and the Baker by Yael Molchadsky (Green Bean Books, £8.99) is illustrated by Liora Grossman in soft shades of stone, Mediterranean blue and russet – an enchanting land of curving staircases and wisps of bakery steam. Challah recipe included. Age four to eight.’

- The Jewish Chronicle

“'Soft, lovely colored pencil illustrations accompany this timeless, well-told folktale, and a recipe for challah is included in the back.”

- Association of Jewish Libraries

“Beautiful book with a powerful message, with the text and illustrations flowing along like instruments in a concert, each enhancing the other….The illustrations in this book take us a journey all on their own, with glorious end papers of baking tools… The perfect Shabbat book on so many levels.”

- Sydney Taylor Shmooze

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