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The Magic Acorn

Ruth Almog
AGE: 7-10

This story, which mixes reality with fantasy, takes place in Europe and Israel, and involves a witch, a real author named Ruth, and a boy and a girl who belong to two different worlds.
Camilla lives in a small house near the Black Forest and loves to collect acorns. Her Aunt Ruth, an Israeli author, comes to visit, and Camilla takes a liking to her. When it starts snowing, Aunt Ruth returns to Israel with a gift from Camilla – a magic acorn. One day, Ruth falls and loses consciousness. Danny, her neighbor, finds the acorn that has fallen out of her pocket, kisses it and suddenly finds himself in the Black Forest, where he meets a scary witch. After walking through the forest, Danny reaches Camilla`s house. Camilla recognizes the magic acorn, and when Danny puts it to his lips, he finds himself back in Israel. Was the journey no more than a dream?

Illustrations: Hilla Havkin

Title The Magic Acorn
Author’s Last Name Almog
Author's First Name Ruth
Genre children
Publisher (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1999
No. Pages 41 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Balut Ha-Pele Shel Kamila
Representation Represented by ITHL


"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)
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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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