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Nuri and the Whale (ePub)

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By Ronit Chacham, Illustrations by Moran Yogev, Translated by Mekella Broomberg
Imprint: Green Bean Books
File Size: 19.4 MB (.epub)
Pages: 32
Illustrations: 32 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781784388072
Published: 31st October 2022


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“They say he met the King of the Sea, who taught him something important.”

“And it all happened because he fed a fish!”

“And it all happened because he shared what little he had.”

Every day young Nuri makes his way to the sea shore to eat some bread and throw a piece into the waves. He does so because his father told him to “cast your bread on the water”. Even though Nuri can’t remember the second part of that beloved saying, but he follows his father’s advice and generously feeds the fish in the sea.

One day, Nuri slips and falls into the water where he meets the fish he had been feeding. As Nuri marvels at the treasures hidden beneath the waves, the fish takes him to the bottom of the sea. There, Nuri meets Whisewhale, the King of the Sea. Wisewhale teaches him something important about the saying his father passed on to him all those years ago. This will change Nuri’s life forever, he just doesn’t know it yet.

Told in beautiful prose, this heartfelt story is inspired by the Hebrew Bible verse, “Cast your bread on the water, and one day it will come back to you.” - Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) 11:1. Through moving and uplifting encounters, Nuri teaches readers the value of kindness and the importance of being generous even when you don’t have much yourself.

This is a simple message that has a big impact as we see Nuri grow to become surrounded by the love that blossomed as a result of his generosity. Accompanied by magical and colourful illustrations that bring the characters to life, young readers will be captivated by the illustrator’s unique style. The perfect bedtime story for 4 to 8 year olds.

'Originally published in Hebrew, Ronit Chachman, an Israeli author, has written a very creative story based on a short Biblical text… Divided into four chapters and an epilogue, the text is beautifully typeset amongst colorful illustrations by award-winning Israeli illustrator Moran Yogev, who also illustrated The Very Best Sukkah: A Story from Uganda, a Sydney Taylor Honor Book. Yogev’s brilliant tones of blue, orange, green, yellow, and brown not only demonstrate her excellent artistic abilities, but successfully complement the story. Each page is bordered with floral designs matching the eye catching color palette of the book… Ronit Chachman has written a remarkable and unique tale, cleverly divided into chapters. This is a great way to introduce young readers to the chapter book format.’

Association of Jewish Libraries

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Jewish Chronicle, December 2022

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Jewish Chronicle

About Ronit Chacham

Ronit Chacham lives in Jerusalem. She has published children's books for children, short stories and plays; she has created award-winning works for theatre, performance arts pieces, street theatre and puppet theatre in Jerusalem and in London. She has instructed children and teachers in drama and puppetry; coordinated community arts events; developed educational programs; written and researched for television productions; edited books and magazines. Currently she teaches creative writing and lectures about children’s literature and appears in schools as part of the “meet an author” programme. www.ronitchacham.com

About Moran Yogev

Moran Yogev is an Israeli illustrator and graphic designer. She graduated with distinction from Tel Aviv's Minshar School of Art. She lives in Kibbutz Hagoshrim. She illustrates books and magazines for both children and adults where she specialises in print techniques, such as linocut and foam stamps. The books she has illustrated include Yerus Goes to Jerusalem and Miriam, You Tell Me. Moran also illustrates for the children’s magazine Einayim and the magazine Liberal. She has participated in many exhibitions, including the Tel Aviv Illustration Festival and the Outline Jerusalem Festival.

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