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A Basket Full of Figs (Paperback)

Colour Books Children's Books

By Ori Elon, Illustrations by Menachem Halberstadt
Imprint: Green Bean Books
Pages: 32
Illustrations: 30
ISBN: 9781784384722
Published: 30th January 2020

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‘I plant a fig, I plant a gift. For children, for the coming generations.’

When the Emperor Hadrian gallops into the village, its inhabitants hide in fear. All except one. An old man, almost one hundred years old, comes outside to plant a fig tree.

Hadrian stops his horse. ‘What are you doing?’ he asks the old man. ‘That tree is so small and you are so old!
 Surely you won’t live long enough to eat its fruit!’ The old man responds: ‘if I don’t then my children will’.

Three years later, Hadrian returns. Meeting the old man again, he is shocked to see that the tree has grown and it is covered in figs. The old man’s prophecy of gifts for future generations has come true.

Recreating one of the Midrash’s most beautiful tales, A Basket of Figs teaches the importance of caring for the environment and consideration for our fellow human beings. Ori Alon’s enchanting storytelling and Menahem Halberstadt’s stunning illustrations bring this wise fable to life on the page, to inspire and delight young readers.

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About Ori Elon

Ori Elon is an award-winning Israeli filmmaker and writer. He is the author of The Invisible Show (2008) which won the Israeli Ministry of Culture Best Novel award. He has written several children's books including King Gogle (2010) and In the Z’akrobat (2015). He is the co-creator and writer of the critically acclaimed television drama Shtisel which won 17 Israeli Academy Awards (including Best Script for Drama) and was one of the writers of the drama series Srugim.


About Menachem Halberstadt

Menachem Halberstadt began to draw in school, scribbling in notebooks and creating funny creatures and characters. Since school, all of his work has been inspired by his interests as a creator, to create worlds of characters with emotions and stories.


Halberstadt studied painting and drawing under the instruction of the famous Israeli artists Leonid Balaklav and Aram Gershuni. Following this, he studied animation at the Betzalel Academy and graphic design at Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem.


Halberstadt works as an illustrator with a number of publishing houses in Israel. He lives in Israel with his wife and four children.

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