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Tale of Five Balloons

Miriam Roth
AGE: 2-5

One of Israel's favorite classics, Tale of Five Balloons is among the first books read to toddlers in pre-school.
When Ruthie's mother brings home a wonderful surprise - five colorful balloons - the children are thrilled. But when they go for a walk with their beautiful balloons, disaster strikes: Uri's balloon bursts on a rose bush, and when Ron's Dad enthusiastically blows up the yellow balloon, it bursts too. Sigalit's kitten gets her claws into the lovely purple balloon, and Ruthie hugs hers so tightly that it bursts! All four children are very sad. Only Alon's red balloon is still ok, until the wind snatches it up, and away. The children watch it float away and wave goodbye - they have learned to accept the disappointment of losing their balloons.
This deceptively simple book works on many levels, and Miriam Roth introduces toddlers to various experiments with humour. For example, what happens to a balloon when you scratch it or squeeze it? This book can be read and performed simultaneously, with the active participation of the young audience.

Tale of Five Balloons
 is the best selling Hebrew picture book of all times. It sold since publication, back in 1974, more than 900,000 copies and is still selling at least 35,000 copies a year.

Illustrations: Ora Ayal


Tale of Five Ballons
Title Tale of Five Ballons
Author’s Last Name Roth
Author's First Name Miriam
Language(s) Hebrew, Arabic, Korean
Genre children-picture bk
Publisher (Hebrew) Sifriat Poalim
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1974
Publisher 2 (Hebrew) board bk: 2006
No. Pages 27 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Maʹase Be-Chamisha Balonim
Representation Represented by ITHL


Arabic: Tel Aviv, Sifriat Poalim, 1996; Nazareth, Merkaz adab al-Atfal al-Arabi fi Israel, 2007 
Korean: Seoul, Joongang M&B, 1999

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Arabic: Bnei Brak, The Israel Center for Books and Libraries, 2011

"An original, extraordinary book" The Brenner prize committee
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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.
Call for applications English speakers: Stay culture in Paris (deadline: June 12th, 2018)
Details in the attached link
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The Ministry of Culture and Sport announced the names of the winners of the Arik Einstein Veterans Artists Prize.
A prize of 50,000 NIS was given to each of the 21 artists who worked and are still working to promote Israeli culture in various fields -Music, dance, theater, plastic arts, cinema and literature. In the literature category the winners were Ronny Someck, Jacob Buchan and Shlomit Cohen-Assif. Also, Anat Masiach is among the recipient of the prize for debut literary works. Congratulations!
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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