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Lenny and Benny (Hardback)

Children's Books

By Naama Benziman, Translated by Shira Atik
Imprint: Green Bean Books
Pages: 48
Illustrations: Illustrated throughout
ISBN: 9781784386221
Published: 28th February 2021


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Lenny lives on the edge of the forest. He spends his days tending his roses, drinking cocoa and practising for jumping competitions. He can jump further than anyone in the forest; not even the flea, frog or squirrel can beat him. Until Benny turns up.

Lenny and Benny have the best time in the world together but when Lenny realises that Benny can jump further than he can, he accuses him of cheating and lying and refuses to see him ever again.

Time passes and Benny decides to have a party. He invites everybody except Lenny, but the postman accidentally delivers an invitation anyway. Lenny, ready to be friends again, is delighted. However, when he turns up, Benny is enraged, calls him a liar and says he never wants to see him again.

But Lenny and Benny did once have the best time in the world together. Is any argument worth losing such a great friendship over?

Inspired by the midrash about Kamtza and Bar-Kamtza, in which an inter-communal squabble ultimately leads to the destruction of the Second Temple, this is a story about the importance and joy of friendship, the futility of conflict and how destructive an unresolved argument can be.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I thought that this book was really great and the images in the book suited the story perfectly.

It has a lovely flow to it and it is very well written too and my daughter really enjoyed it so it was always going to be a hit with me of she enjoyed it.

I thought that the characters were lovely and this was a great and different way to tell a traditional story – it had a great moral to the story and I liked the messages of friendship and forgiveness too.

It is 5 stars from me for this one, very highly recommended!

NetGalley, Donna Maguire

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Lenny is the best jumper in the forest... That is until Benny arrives and it all goes downhill in their relationship from them on. Until Benny has a party for his birthday. Lenny is invited by mistake and tries to patch things up, but Benny is still angry.
Can they ever be friends again?

I really liked this story. It is a lovely way to teach children the value of forgiveness and understanding. It can also teach them how to deal with certain feeling like anger.

The author also took the time to write the story which inspired this book. I didn't know the story so it was nice to learn something new.

NetGalley, Ángela Gorosito

This story is a retelling of another story that I am not aware of!
This book teaches you about friendship, falling out, misunderstandings, and that sometimes your friends are better at something than you are.
Cute little illustrations too.
Great little book.

NetGalley, Kirstie Jones

I did not realise this is a modern take on the Talmud story of Kamtza and Bar-Kamtza, nor did I know the original. But thanks to this ARC I know both now.
A story about friendship and the loss of it through envy, about making up and misunderstanding and perseverance - a good lesson to children...and adults!
Paired with very charming drawings in just two primary colours, it’s a perfect moral tale.

NetGalley, Anne McCormick

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A delightful and interesting retelling of a story! The artwork is absolutely stunning and the story is very interesting. I found the retelling with it’s alternative ending to be a nice read for kids! I would definitely recommend it! It deals with friendship, forgiveness, and how misunderstandings and unresolved arguments can be destructive to friendships.

NetGalley, Ashley Dang

About Naama Benziman

Naama Benziman is an award-winning Israeli artist, illustrator, curator, editor and author. She exhibits internationally and lectures on Illustration and Visual Literacy at Israel’s top visual arts academies. Her previous books for children are Emilia and Albert’s Tall Hat, both published in Hebrew by Am Oved. Born in Jerusalem, she now lives in Tel Aviv.

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