Welcome Menahem Halberstadt – A Basket Full of Figs

Menahem Halberstadt is children’s book illustrator and fine artist. He recently illustrated A BASKET FULL OF FIGS (Green Bean Books). Written by Ori Elon, the picture book is a retelling of the Midrash about an Emperor’s encounter with an old man who plants a fig tree for future generations.  As a child, Menahem loved to draw says he  hasn’t stopped…

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Welcome – Vali Mintzi, Illustrator

l I love learning about illustrators’ creative processes. I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to interview award-winning artist, Vali Mintzi about her work. Vali immigrated to Israel in 1989. She is a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem where she lives and works as an illustrator of children’s books, a graphic designer and puppetry designer. Vali…

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Signs in the Well – Shoham Smith

It is a great honor for me to introduce award-winning Israeli author, Shoham Smith, to chat about her book Signs in the Well (illustrated by Vali Mintzi). The picture book about Rabbi Akiva was originally published in Hebrew in 2013. The English version is published by Green Bean Books. I have long been inspired by the stories of Rabbi Akiva…

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Welcome Omer Hoffman – The Sages of Chelm and the Moon

Omer Hoffman, award-winning artist, is the illustrator of THE SAGES OF CHELM AND THE MOON by Shlomo Abas (Green Bean Books). It’s a charming version of the classic tale. Omer’s art is a perfect pairing for the text. His illustrations reflect a traditional folktale style mixed with a bit of whimsy. Yet some of the illustrations, particularly a double page…

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Green Bean Books – Michael Leventhal

It’s always wonderful to hear about new publishers that are passionate about bringing meaningful stories to life for young readers. Green Bean Books, based in London, is a new, independent publishing company. They have select titles available, including translated works from some of Israel’s “best loved authors and illustrators.” I find it fascinating to view the publishing process from through…

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