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"Everything Goes Somewhere"

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Just Enough . . . (Jewish)

Keywords: recycling, reuse, everything goes somewhere, tailor, coat

Summary: There once was a tailor who sewed himself a beautiful winter coat. But as the years went by, the coat wore out, so he turned it into a blazer and when that wore out, into a vest and then a scarf and then a button and when that wore out, all that was left was this story.

"The Tailor," on page 2 in Nancy Schimmel, Just Enough to Make a Story: A Sourcebook for Storytelling, 3d ed. (Berkeley, CA: Sisters' Choice Press, 1992). 58pp. $14.75pa. ISBN 0-932164-03-X.

"The Tailor's Jacket," on page 94 in Margaret Read MacDonald, Earth Care: World Folktales to Talk About (North Haven, CT: Linnet Books, 1999). 162pp. $26.50; $17.50pa. ISBN 0-208-02416-6; 0-208-02426-3pa.

Find another version in Kevin Strauss, Tales with Tails: storytelling the wonders of the natural world. (Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006). 230pp. $35.00pa. ISBN 1-59158-269-5pa.

 

Even Stones Go Somewhere (Jewish)

Keywords: everything goes somewhere, stewardship, making a difference

Summary: Once a rich merchant ordered his workers to clear a place for a garden next to his house. He had the workers throw the rocks they dug up over the garden wall. When a rabbi came by and told him that the stones were falling on the road and that he shouldn't throw stones from "non yours" to "yours," the merchant slammed the door in his face. But a few weeks later, his businesses failed and he had to become a poor laborer. One day he was carrying a burden and stubbed his foot on a stone. He realized it was a stone from his garden, so he began picking up the stones and throwing them off the road.

"Don't Throw Stones from Not Yours to Yours," on page 99in Harold Courlander, ed., Ride with the sun; an anthology of folk tales and stories from the United Nations (New York: Whittlesey House, 1955). 296pp.

"Don't Throw Stones from 'Not Yours' to 'Yours'," on page 112 in Margaret Read MacDonald, Earth Care: World Folktales to Talk About (North Haven, CT: Linnet Books, 1999). 162pp. $26.50; $17.50pa. ISBN 0-208-02416-6; 0-208-02426-3pa.

"Throwing Stones," on page 109 in Josepha Sherman, Rachel the Clever and Other Jewish Folktales (Little Rock, AR: August House, 1993). 171pp. $19.95; 10.95pa. ISBN 0-87483-306-X; 0-87483-307-8pa.

Find another version in Kevin Strauss, Tales with Tails: storytelling the wonders of the natural world. (Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006). 230pp. $35.00pa. ISBN 1-59158-269-5pa.

 

Putting Feathers Back in the Pillow (Jewish)

Keywords: everything goes somewhere, pollution, gossip

Summary: There was a gossip in a village and the rabbi went to talk with him. To teach the man a lesson, he asked the man to bring him two torn feather pillows the next day. When the man brought them, he saw that the feathers were spilling out all over town. Then the rabbi asked the man to collect the feathers. "That's impossible," said the man. "Exactly," said the rabbi "the same way it is impossible to take back the gossip and evil that you put into the world. It is far better to prevent a problem than clean up afterward."

"The Gossip," on page 143 in Ed Brody et al., ed., Spinning Tales, Weaving Hope: Stories, Storytelling and Activities for Peace, Justice and the Environment (Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2002). 281pp. $24.95 pa. ISBN 0-86571-447-9pa.

"Feathers," on page 59 in Corinne Stavish, ed., Seeds from Our Past: Planting for the Future (Washington, DC: B'nai B'rith Center for Jewish Identity, 1997). 96pp. $10pa. ISBN 0-910250-31-6pa.

Find another version in Kevin Strauss, Tales with Tails: storytelling the wonders of the natural world. (Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006). 230pp. $35.00pa. ISBN 1-59158-269-5pa.

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