White Ravens: Israel

3 books      

Israel (Hebrew) - 2003 - 247
Šālēw, Mē’îr (text)
Abul‘afyā, Yosi (illus.)
had- Dodā Mi-kal
(Aunt Michal)
Tēl Āviv : Am Ovēd, 2000. [24] p.
ISBN 965-13-1451-6
Child – Girl – Everyday life – Gender roles
This story, written in rhymes, tells the tale of Michal, a little girl who loves to romp about and to get up to mischief; in general, she behaves like a typical boy is said to behave. Michal simply is Michal – until, one day, she is forced into wearing a dress and asked to finally start behaving like a proper girl. When one of her relatives gets married and has two children, Michal takes on the role of »aunt« and cares for the two boys in a motherly manner. At night, however, she still dreams about her wild past. The book, accompanied by several coloured illustrations, humorously challenges traditional gender roles. (6+)

Israel (Hebrew) - 2003 - 248
Taub, Gādî
Ham- Me-kaššēfā mē-rehôv Melčet 3
(The witch of Melzet Street No. 3)
Yerûšālayim : Keter, 2000. 124 p.
ISBN 965-07-0875-8
Boy – Magic – Witch – Love
With a lot of sympathy and understanding, this book tells the story of Assaf’s love for his classmate Lianne. Shy Assaf has always kept his feelings to himself. Since he is afraid that Lianne might reject him, the boy asks his old neighbour Pnina, whom he secretly suspects to be a 300-yearold witch, to brew a magical love-potion for him. Yet, Pnina warns him against using such a drink, because, as a young woman, she herself had lost her husband because of this. In the end, Assaf manages to find Pnina’s long-lost husband and to win Lianne’s heart – without any magic powers. Told in retrospect from Assaf’s point-of-view, the book explains in a very entertaining way, that matters of love cannot be influenced (by magic). (12+)

Israel (Hebrew) - 2007 - 242
Har’el, Nirah (text)
Ḳerman, Dani (illus.)
Ma’aseh be-sharviṭ kesamim
(The tale about the magic wand)
Tel Aviv : ‘Am ‘Oved, 2006. [32] p.
ISBN 965-13-1834-1
Grandmother – Grandson – Being alone – Telephone – Storytelling – Imagination
Shauli is sick and home alone. Luckily enough, his grandmother calls and immediately sets forth to visit him. En route, she comforts him via mobile phone with the story about a good fairy. No wonder that Shauli feels better at once! This original picture book shows how the youthful and energetic grandmother gets inspired by people and things that she encounters on her way. Whereas the text clearly stays on the fairytale level, the pictures reveal how real things are transformed; for example, a busy street turns into a lush jungle, a taxi into a royal carriage, a policeman into a fire-breathing dragon, and a cash machine into a treasure chest inside a hollow tree. The imaginative way in which this book bridges the gap between the real world and the imagined fairytale world makes it a truly delightful read. (5+)