Get your Free "Don't be a Shlemiel Crook" Bookplate

Such a year we have had. Crooks galore, scandals, and calling them all "shlemiels" -- that would not be the name most people are using for the scoundrels who have come to light in the past few months.

It's time for some relief.

Here is a very sweet children's story book and now we also found a free bookplate based on the story that you can print, cut and paste into your most valuable books to ward off all those swipers.

Shlemiel Crooks
By Anna Olswanger

“In the middle of the night on a Thursday, two crooks—onions should grow in their navels—drove their horse and wagon to the saloon of Reb Elias Olschwanger, at the corner of 14th and Carr streets in St. Louis. This didn’t happen yesterday. It was 1919.” So begins Anna Olswanger’s modern folktale Shlemiel Crooks, the story of Reb Elias and the thieves who try to steal his Passover wine.

Based on a true story, Shlemiel is an imaginative introduction to the history of Passover, as Pharaoh and a town of Jewish immigrants play tug-of-war with wine made from grapes left over from the Exodus from Egypt.

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