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The Magic Hat

Lea Goldberg
AGE: 3-6

This story in rhyme isn`t a supernatural tale; it`s just a wish, a figment of the imagination. The heroine is a little girl who daydreams about super­natural powers and about sailing to exciting places. Do you know any child who doesn`t have dreams like that? This little girl thinks that a Magic Hat can make all her dreams come true. She believes there really is a hat like that, and she makes it part of her fantasy world. If she had a Magic Hat, she`d ask it to make her grow all at once and be taller than everybody else so that even Mommy and Daddy would look up at her and not tell her what to do. If she had a Magic Hat that made all her wishes come true, she`d turn it into a boat, then she`d get in and sail to far-off islands and meet all kinds of different peoples. And if she was sad at sea, she`d be able to tell the Hat-Boat to sail home right away and then she`d give all her friends presents and tell them exciting stories. No one would think she was making the stories up. But where is the Magic Hat? How can she get hold of it? Maybe Mommy and Daddy know? "No," thinks the little girl, "grown-ups won`t understand."

Illustrations: Rinat Hoffer

English translation available (for publishers only)

The Magic Hat
Title The Magic Hat
Author’s Last Name Goldberg
Author's First Name Lea
Genre children-picture bk
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1949
Publisher 2 (Hebrew) Sifriat Poalim
Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew) 2005
No. Pages 27 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Kova Ksamim
Representation Represented by ITHL


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Residencies in Vienna and Salzburg
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery offers 50 residencies in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2019. Applications can be submitted for literature, literature for children and young adults and literary translations. Please note the deadline of September 30th, 2018.
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The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop November 4th to 10th, 2018 Beit Ben-Yehuda, Jerusalem
After workshops in Berlin, Jerusalem and Straelen, the workshop will return to Jerusalem this spring. This workshop will focus on the participants translations. These are unfinished translations that have not yet been published. These will be sent to all participants. The workshop is open to 10 participants and is intended for literary translators with experience and publications. Workshop facilitators: Anne Birkenhauer and Gadi Goldberg Prerequisites: At least one published translation Duration: November 4th 2018 until November 10th, 2018 Location: Beit Ben-Yehuda, 28 Ein Gedi St., 93383 Jerusalem Participation fee: Participation (Accommodation and meals) is free of charge. Travel / flight expenses will be refunded. For more details and for the documents required for submitting application: Anne Birkenhauer, and Gadi Goldberg,
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