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The Peddler and the Baker

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Written by Yael Molchadsky
Illustrated by Liora Grossman
Translated by Annette Appel

Price: £8.99 / $11.99
Pages: 32
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781784384814


  • Beautifully illustrated picture book for 4-8 year olds

  • Retells a classic Jewish folktale with warmth and humour

  • Teaches the importance of sharing, generosity and kindness

  • Demonstrates the joy and inclusivity of Shabbat

  • Includes a recipe for challah


‘Hallelujah for a brand new day and the wondrous smell that boats my way.’

A poor but happy peddler lives in the attic of a bakery. Whilst he does not have much, he is content with his life. Every morning, he wakes up to the wonderful smell of freshly-baked challah and loudly exclaims his joy through the open window.

The baker, however, grows ever more irate that the peddler should enjoy the smell of his bread without ever paying for it. He asks the Rabbi for help.

The Rabbi summons the peddler and instructs him to return in one week with enough money to pay the baker back for all the times he has enjoyed the smell of his challah. The peddler works harder than ever that week. When he returns with as much money as he can scrape together, the rabbi takes his coin-pouch and shakes it for the baker to hear. The sound of the coins is payment, the Rabbi says, for the smell of the bread. Sound and smell, just like Shabbat, are free for everyone in the world to enjoy.

A delightful retelling of an inspiring Jewish folktale, The Pleasure Is Ours teaches the importance of sharing and inclusivity, the beauty of Shabbat and the idea that anyone, regardless of their circumstances, has the right to end joy in the world.

A recipe for challah follows the story.

Author Details

Yael Molchadsky is the director of the Children’s and YA department at Israel’s Kinneret-Zmora-Dvir publishing house. She edits the prestigious Marganit series which aims to bring translated literary fiction to young Hebrew readers. She has translated picture books from English and German and is a sought-after speaker on Children’s and YA literature. The Chameleon that Saved Noah’s Ark was the first book she wrote for children.

Illustrator Details

Liora Grossman was born in Lithuania during the Soviet regime and immigrated to Israel when she was 5 years old. She graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and has illustrated more than 100 children books in Israel and Europe. She has illustrated food columns in some of Israel’s leading newspapers and teaches Illustration at Holon Institute of Technology.