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It Could Always be Worse By Margot Zemach

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A villager frustrated by his crowded raucous house goes to see the rabbi, who counsels him–in effect–to make things considerably worse. He’s told to acquire a cow, a goat, some geese? His house becomes louder and wilder, messier and crazier, until finally, the man is able to appreciate what he had to begin with. Try this book on a night when you’re serving green beans, and when the kids complain, whip out the Brussels sprouts!

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Laurel SnyderLaurel Snyder is most recently the author of Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher (a picture book) and Penny Dreadful (a middle grade novel). She lives in Atlanta and online at

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