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Little Stagehand

Amela Einat
AGE: 6-9

Within this haunting tale about the power of the imagination lies a subtle feminist message. Nirit longs to be an actress, but Yitzhak the theater director only allows her to be a stagehand. After putting away the props and sealing the makeup jars each night, Nirit pirouettes in front of the mirror, imagining that for the moment she is a star. Costumed as Andersen's ugly duckling, she sheds her stagehand garb and becomes as lovely and as sought-after as a graceful swan. When the company produces the play about the fisherman who wants to enslave his loving golden fish, Yitzhak acts exactly like the possessive fisherman. And just as the golden fish abandons the thankless fisherman, Nirit finally leaves the beloved but inconsiderate Yitzhak. What happens after she leaves? Does she ever return? Einat proposes several endings, inviting readers to create their own conclusions to this intriguing story about freedom and independence.

Illustrations: Wolf Bulba

Little Stagehand
Title Little Stagehand
Author’s Last Name Einat
Author's First Name Amela
Genre children-picture bk
Publisher (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1994
No. Pages 35 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Poʹelet Ha-Bama Ha-Ktana
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.
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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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