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The Backpack Fairy

Nava Semel
AGES: 5-8

Yali`s uncle, Mishi, is a backpacker who travels the world. He usually brings Yali wonderful presents -a boomerang from Australia, a Buddha statue from India, a stamp from China-but on his last trip he didn`t get him anything. When Yali sits in his room after his uncle`s return, he suddenly hears a mysterious noise coming from the "Mishpack" - the family`s name for Mishi`s backpack. After searching and searching, he finds a little fairy named Yaya. Yali and Yaya become friends. The two travel around the country but, to their surprise, they discover that there are no fairies in Israel (although there are other marvelous things). Yaya becomes sad that she has no "relatives" here, so Yali understands they will have to say goodbye when Mishi goes off traveling again. When Yali tells Mishi that there’s a fairy in his backpack, Mishi understands - he is a special grown-up - and he promises to find Yaya a beautiful place, fit for fairies. Yaya and Yali are sad to say goodbye, but they`re also very happy that they got to meet each other.

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Title The Backpack Fairy
Author’s Last Name Semel
Author's First Name Nava
Genre children
Publisher (Hebrew) Sifriat Poalim
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2011
No. Pages 32 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Fe-Yaya Ve-Ha-Tarmish
Representation Represented by ITHL


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