Green Bean Books

Shani’s Shoebox

Take a peak inside

Written and illustrated by Rinat Hoffer
Translated by Noga Applebaum

Price: £12.99 / $15.99
Pages: 32
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781784382483
Subject: Children’s book introducing annual Jewish festivals


‘This book is a lovely way to talk to children about the calendar, discussing when each festival falls and how we make them meaningful’ Angela Kiverstein, The Jewish Chronicle

‘A wonderful story, full of imagination’ Makor Rishon

  • First English translation of a bestselling Hebrew book
  • Beautifully illustrated in a unique style by an award-winning Israeli author


‘With enchanting text and detailed pictures, [this is] sure to become a family and classroom favourite.’ Angela Kiverstein, The Jewish Chronicle

Once it was a box of shoes, now it’s a box of memories.

When Shani is given new shoes for Rosh Hashanah, she doesn’t throw away the old shoebox, she reuses it for different Jewish festivals throughout the year – Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Tu B’Shvat, Purim, Passover, Yom HaAtzma’ut, Lag B’Omer, Shavuot – until she gets new shoes on Rosh Hashanah again.

This is a clever and original story by an award-winning author and illustrator, which will inspire kids to get creative while learning about different festival celebrations. Perfect for 4 to 8-year-olds.

Author Details

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 Geffen (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. In 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.