“This charming book offers parents and teachers an opportunity to teach school age children Jewish history and can be a launch-point for a number of discussions. . . .The brief history of the “real man” found on the last page offers further insight into our changed world.” – Judy O’Neill for COLONYGRAM of the Oregon Writers Colony, 2010.
“This title makes a lively addition to other stories of Yiddish immigration.” --Hazel Rochman for BOOKLIST
PJ Library and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation has selected and sent Zishe the Strongman three years in a row to be distributed nationally to Jewish children. In addition, Zishe has been included in the line-up for the new PJ Library program in Mexico
A Great Read for educators, parents, laughter and learning!
"I had a dog named Wallet. He was a brown lab. I liked him a lot, but my mother shot him for snacking between meals."
"The first words out of my grandpa's mouth when he went on a blind date with my grandma: 'He! You aren't ugly!,' which was not the greatest thing to say."
"The Jazz Age was when women chucked their Victorian undergarments."
Humorous situations frequently develop unintentionally - with innocence. In school, students often write serious statements that result in some very odd and very funny mind-pictures.
TWISTED WORDS contains excerpts from teen writings about family, jobs, history, school and sex that Robert Rubinstein collected during 32 years of teaching middle school.
DECEMBER 21 A performance of Jewish tales for the Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood
"EMPOWERING STUDENTS THROUGH STORYTELLING"
Robert Rubinstein presenting
TEDx "Unexpected Narratives" Conference
Claremont College, CA
"I made time this morning to watch your fabulous TEDx Talk! I loved it! I thought you were wonderful in the telling of your life's work and love = storytelling and your Troupe! Thanks for doing this video and sending it to me! Kol haKavod!"
- Peninnah Schram
Internationaly-known storyteller, author, professor
"Wonderful to see this, Bob. It makes a compelling case for the value of storytelling! Congratulations!"
- Lynda Lanker
"What a great venue to share the message about the power of story."
- Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald
Internationally-known storyteller, author
"This is wonderful! What a super presentation. You look good, you sound good, and you speak the truth! Bravo, dear friend and colleague."
- Judy Wenger
"Robert, I just watched your TEDx Talk - WOW! It was certainly a flash from the past and I loved watching it! Congratulations!"
- Nancy Golden
Superintendent of Oregon Public Schools