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What Would I Do Without Bruno?

Neri Aluma
AGE: 11 UP

This is an entertaining and moving story about the love of a 12-year-old boy for a calf which grows into a bull. Dor, who lives with his family in a farming village-a moshav-isn`t very good at school and whenever he can he plays hooky and goes to his father`s dairy farm, where he enjoys taking care of the cows and calves. He is especially attached to a new-born calf; he saves its life and names it Bruno. In sub-plots that are delicately interwoven with the main story line, the lives of other family members and villagers are revealed. Prominent among these is Jamus, a warm man with a sense of humor, but a lonely man. He sends Dor and a friend to look for old graffiti in the village, and this how the two boys learn of Jamus- tragic past love. They also discover other tales of the past that make up the village-s unique mythology. One of them is connected to Dor-s great`grandmother, who also raised a calf when she was young. It followed her around like a shadow, until fate struck and it was led off to be slaughtered.
Will this also be Bruno`s fate? Dor, with great resourcefulness, manages to rescue the young bull and this positive experience bolsters his self confidence and uncovers his hidden talents.

Illustrations: Dani Kerman

Title What Would I Do Without Bruno?
Author’s Last Name Aluma
Author's First Name Neri
Genre youth
Publisher (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2010
No. Pages 157 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ma Hayiti Ose Bli Bruno
Representation Represented by ITHL


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