The Heart Shaped Leaf by Shira Geffen

Illustrations by David Polonsky

The Heart Shaped Leaf by Shira Geffen

Shira Geffen's beautiful and poetic story follows a little girl, Alona, on her journey home through a windswept park. She rests under a tree and eats an apple and, with each bite, a leaf falls off the tree. One of the leaves is different from the others - it is an enchanted, heart-shaped leaf, and it drops onto Alona's head and clings to her braid. The magical leaf protects her from the lead and she arrives home completely dry.

Her father is waiting for her at home. He plucks the leaf out of her braid and serves her a bowl of lentil soup. When Alona gazes into the bowl of soup she sees a tree reflected there. "If you want to drink your soup, give me back my leaf!" says the tree, and tells her that the leaf is its heart, a heart in the shape of a leaf. Alona stands at the window and blows on the leaf, knowing it will find its way back. "Thank you," says the tree, which is still reflected in the soup.

Shira Geffen's delicate, vivid and moving fantasy is perfectly illustrated by Polonsky's intricate pictures, full of movement and drawn from many and varied angles. The delicate texture breaks out of each one of them.

This is a touching and gentle story, for 4-8 year old readers, with remarkable beauty, gentleness and delicacy.

£12.99 isbn:9781784382629

Shani's Shoebox

written and illustrated by Rinat Hoffer

Shani's Shoebox

“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 translated by Noga Applebaum.

£12.99 isbn:9781784382483

Signs in the Well by Shoham Smith

Illustrations by Vali Mintzi

Signs in the Well by Shoham Smith

Shoham Smith’s story is an inspiring rendition of how Rabbi Akiva, a once simple shepherd, became one of Judaism’s greatest and wisest scholars. As well as teaching us about the special qualities of Rabbi Akiva, Shoham Smith’s thoughtful story shows us that with persistence, faith and will-power we can all overcome difficulties and learn new things. Vali Mintzi’s creative illustrations enhance the story, making it beautifully picturesque.

£12.99 isbn:9781784383770

Echo Still

Tim Tibbits

Echo Still

About the Author

Fig's life at school is perfectly normal: he's sure his science teacher hates him, his dad is forcing him to attend barmitzvah classes because his mum who have wanted it, and he's just been passed over for the football team in favour of Gus Starks, a ball hog and a bully.

And, as if Fig's life needed one more complication, his grandmother Gigi is unexpectedly coming to stay with him and his dad for a while. As Gig helps Fig navigate the obstacles of school and a tough football season, Fig comes to understand some important things: about his religion, about his family, and about Fig himself.

Echo Still is a sports story about refusing to give up on one’s dreams regardless of the obstacles. It’s a school story, about a ordinary 12-year-old boy dealing with the everyday challenges of growing up. But most compellingly, Echo Still offers a moving depiction of the healing power of a grandmother’s love.

Infused with Jewish values and affection for Jewish rituals and holidays, this novel will certainly appeal to Jewish communities everywhere, but the deep humanity of Echo Still will resonate with readers of all backgrounds.

£9.99 isbn:9781784383053

The Sages of Chelm and the Moon

Shlomo Abas

The Sages of Chelm and the Moon

'The people of Chelm loved to go outside and walk around, especially on moon-lit nights. Why especially on moonlit nights?'

'Because the streets of Chelm were full of mud and there were no streetlights. And when the road is full of mud, and there are obstacles in the way and no lamps to light up the darkness, it's nice when the moon is shining and you can see where you're going'

Jewish folklore of Eastern Europe celebrates a Polish town of Chelm. The town was supposed to be populated by notoriously stupid residents.

There are numerous tales of their idiotic exploits and the most famous is the story of the people of Chelm and the moon.

The people of Chelm would go outside at night and admire the moon. Indeed, they loved the sight of the moon so much they were always frustrated they could not see it every night. They decided the best course of action would be to capture the moon in a barrel so they could gaze upon it whenever they chose.

Shlomo Abbas retells the story with a perfect comic touch and Omer Hoffmann llustrates the tale beautifully.

£12.99 isbn:9781784383695