Signs in the Well (Hardback)
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“Shoham Smith has wisely and sensitively adapted one of the finest stories of ancient Jewish legend . . . Thanks to her endeavour, new generations will be introduced to this magical literature." Professor Avigdor Shinan, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem
"Shoham Smith's language is clear, rhythmical, unadorned and not childish . . . Her adaptation presents this treasure of Jewish literature to children unapologetically and with a sympathetic approach to the roots of our culture." Dr Inbar Raveh, Children and Youth Literature, David Yalin College, Jerusalem
"Smith’s clear text manages to free itself from the intimidating shadow which envelopes the phrase ‘Legend of Ancient Jewish Sages’ by treading confidently along the fine line separating simplicity and complexity, between day-to-day and high languages. [The book] deals with the importance of slow processes, with the power of knowledge, and stresses the need to master cultural heritage.” Tal Marmelstein in Israel Today
Young Akiva was a goat-herd. He was good at his job and content with his life, except for one thing – he had never learnt to read. One fateful day he decided it was time to change this…
This is the inspirational story of Rabbi Akiva’s personal journey from poor goat-herd to a leading scholar. Elegant prose from renowned author Shoham Smith and striking illustrations from award-winning artist Vali Mintzi illuminate this beautiful and universal tale about how it’s never too late to learn.
This was a really positive story!Donnas Book Blog
The book tells you that it is never too late to learn and if you put your mind to it you can learn a new skill at any age – I couldn’t agree more. The story was well told and the images really suited the story.
I love learning new things every day and hope that it encourages children and adults to do the same. I am lucky that my daughter loves reading with me, exploring and she wants to learn all the time, I will always encourage her and hope it stays that way.
I do love a good positive story and the ending for this is great – 4 stars from me, highly recommended!
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Vali Mintzi, a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, uses a graphic technique known as scratch art to create the richly detailed and expressive illustrations, which look like painted etchings. The art quietly enhances the story and gives an evocative feeling of time and place.Jewish Book Council
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