By Heather Forest Illustrated by: Marcia Cutchin 8.5"x11" (32 Pages)Ages 4-7 Publisher: August House, 2005
Words, like feathers fly
in the wind, in the wind.
Careless words, tossed about,
cannot again be swallowed up.
Rumors and gossip can be permanent and damaging. The victim's reputation is harmed, and the trust in the community erodes. In this retelling of an 18th century tale attributed to Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev, a gossip is brought before a wise rabbi, who must concoct a suitable lesson. His clever solution demonstrates vividly the consequence and permanence of words spoken in haste. It is easy to spread gossip, ....