The Bus Stop
By: Inbal Diskin illustrations: Bertie (Avi Diskin)
A man looks out the window of his house at a bus stop and dreams of going to the places all the people are traveling to. Can it be that the place where his dreams will come true is not at one of their destinations, but right there at home? A short and tender story about dreams, about searching, and about the ability to recognize that the treasure we seek can often be found in the place closest to home.
A Basket Full of Figs
By: Ori Elon (Adaptation) illustrations: Menahem Halberstadt
Emperor Hadrian doesn’t understand why an old man is planting a fig tree when there’s no chance that he will enjoy its fruit. The story is based on a midrash, and tells us how an elderly man teaches the emperor an important lesson about concern and responsibility for the generations to come, and the strong connection between man and nature.
Reading and Writing
By: Ayin Hillel illustrations: Aya Gordon-Noy
“Words that are short, tall, swollen; funny, angry, soaring words; mischievous, dancing, barefoot words; grasshopper words; giraffe words.”
Words, letter, and sounds are all treated with due respect in this funny rhyming poem that celebrates learning how to read in the marvelous words of Ayin Hillel, one of the foremost authors of Israeli children’s books.
How Lucky I Am
By: Lawrence Schimel illustrations: Juan Camilo Mayorga
Gil has his own Labrador dog, and his brother doesn’t have a pet. Gil can read in the dark, while his brother has to stop reading when the light is switched off. And yet, despite the differences between them, Gil’s brother is very proud of him. A gentle and touching story that describes the differences between the lives of two brothers, and what is, perhaps surprisingly, visible to those who cannot see.