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Shani's Shoebox (Hardback)

Children's Books

By Rinat Hoffer
Imprint: Green Bean Books
Pages: 27
Illustrations: 30
ISBN: 9781784382483
Published: 29th June 2018

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“Summer holidays are drawing near,

so write your requests and put them in here.”

Aba wrote ‘Africa’, Shani chose ‘Mars,’

Gal drew pink ponies and pink candy bars!

Ima counted the votes and they went to the beach,
While the box was left on a shelf out of reach.

A clever and original story of a young girl, Shani, who uses an old shoebox for different Jewish festivals throughout the year.

Starting with new shoes for Rosh Hashana, Shani uses the box for Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Chanukah, Tu B’shvat, Purim, Pesach, Yom Ha’atzmaut, Lag Ba’Omer, Shavuot - until she gets new shoes on Rosh Hashana again.

A beautiful, gentle story for 4-8 year olds.

In addition to being a great story about resourcefulness and recycling, Shani’s Shoebox is also a wonderful way to introduce the Jewish holidays to your treasure keepers and will hopefully inspire creativity throughout the year!

Read the full review here

The Robinson Reporter

Featured under 'Beat the Covid-19 blues’ reading

Jewish Renaissance, April 2020

I thought that the images in this book were great!

The story is lovely, I liked how it told the story of the seasons and celebrations too though the box. It shows how the box has many uses for many people and things – it is a really clever way to tell the story and I found it to be quite unique in its approach.

I liked the way the book rhymed, it was easy to read and follow too which was an added treat and certainly added to our enjoyment.

I read it with my daughter and she really enjoyed it and it is definitely one that we will be reading together again – I thought it was very well done and as a parent it is one that I very highly recommend – 5 stars from me!!

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Donnas Book Blog

Such a fun read. And a great introduction into Jewish holidays. Our family thoroughly enjoyed this fun and beautifully illustrated book!

GoodReads, Anna Redding

The many uses for a shoe box after the shoes have vacated. Often discarded and evenly repurposed, the box enjoys many Jewish holidays in various uses. Loved the bright, cheerful illustrations.

GoodReads, Cheryl

A wonderful and beautiful book. A tremendous story about building memories. This book warmed my heart and the illustrations are simply stunning.

GoodReads, Amanda Williams

As featured by

Jewish Telegraph, 15th June 2018

About Rinat Hoffer

Rinat Hoffer was as born in 1966 and grew up in Holon, Israel. She worked for many years as an independent illustrator in daily newspapers (Ma'ariv, Yedioth), magazines and on advertising campaigns.

She has illustrated many children's books, including "Once the Sea was Soup" by Shira Gefen (Zmora Bitan 1993) "The Cleanest Girl in the World" by Chana Livneh (Zmora Bitan 1994), "Such a Friend" by Nira Harel (Hakibbutz Hameuhad 2002), "The Magic Hat" by Leah Goldberg (Hakibbutz Hameuchad 2005) and more.

I995 she began to write and illustrate her own books. Her works include, "Wardrobe of Poetry", "Purple Monster", "A Hedgehog With A Suitcase" and "Ayelet's cat".

Her awards include the Gutman Prize for Illustration; the IBBY Award, the Ben-Yitzhak Prize of the Israel Museum, the Zeev Prize for Children's Literature and the Hans Christian Andersen Medal

Hoffer lives in Gedera with her husband and three children.

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