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Meira Bein
AGE: 3-6

Good humor and inventiveness characterize Bein's tale of a strange creature; half-turtle, half-chick. Its themes of muddled identity and ostracism are reminiscent of The Ugly Duckling. Yet this tale is optimistic, portraying an outcast who is readily accepted by the group. When Mimi the white chicken finally finds an egg to brood, it is gigantic, unlike anything the chickens in the coop have ever seen. What emerges is stranger still: big and green, with a hard back and no feathers, the newborn resembles a turtle much more than a chick. Mimi proudly wraps Turtlechick in the sweater she has knitted, but nothing will protect him from mockery.
Teased for being slow and heavy, Turtlechick is not allowed to board the chick's makeshift watermelon-rind boat. Only when the boat capsizes and Turtlechick rescues his playmates from drowning is he accepted as part of the group. Without moralizing about Turtlechick's hurt feelings, Bein has written a memorable tale about accepting those who are different, and the rewards of cooperation.

Illustrations: Elisheva Ga'ash

Title Turtlechick
Author’s Last Name Bein
Author's First Name Meira
Genre children-picture bk
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1994
No. Pages 23 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Tzavroʹach
Representation Represented by ITHL


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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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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