Home  \  Authors  \  Authors  \  Dov Elbaum  \ 

The Lion, His Mane and the Giraffe

Dov Elbaum
AGE: 3-6

Is Lion still a lion? Can he be the King of the Beasts without his gorgeous mane? At first, his devoted friend the Giraffe doesn`t think so.
One morning, Lion gets very itchy under his mane. He scratches and scratches and finally he decides to have a haircut. So he heads off on his bicycle to the Fox`s hairdressing salon and has his mane shaved off. When Giraffe comes by later, she`s shocked! "What sort of a Lion are you, without your mane?" she exclaims. "You`re nothing now, just a strange-looking animal!" And she goes to the beach by herself. But later that day, she’s not so full of herself, and her proud neck is all droopy... and bright red. "I fell asleep and got too much sun," she explains, tears trickling down her blotchy cheeks. "And now everyone is making fun of me. They say I`m not a giraffe any more, just a funny-looking red creature." But the Lion is kind-he tells her she`s still a beautiful giraffe at heart. Giraffe understands and apologizes for hurting his feelings before. And they hug and make up, till it`s time for bed.
This beautifully illustrated story about friendship, change and identity was on the national bestseller lists for 29 weeks.

Illustrations: David Hall

English translation available (for publishers only)

The Lion, His Mane and the Giraffe
Title The Lion, His Mane and the Giraffe
Author’s Last Name Elbaum
Author's First Name Dov
Language(s) Hebrew, Korean
Genre children-picture bk
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2006
No. Pages 44 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Arye Ha-Raʹamtan, Ve-Ha-Jirafa Gam
Representation Represented by ITHL


Korean: Seoul, School Road, 2011
Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award! The books on the longlist are selected by 400 libraries worldwide. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library.
The second edition of the Letters of Israel festival will take place in Paris from September 8 to 18, 2017
After the success of its first edition, the Lettres d'Israël festival is gaining momentum, with an enriched program: meetings, conversations, readings , Theater, major authors and discoveries. Zeruya Shalev, Orly Castel-bloom, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Iris Argaman, and many more will participate. Click here for the full program:
Call for application: Artists in Residence Programme in Austria. Please note the deadline: September 18th, 2017.
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies to visual artists / art photographers / composers / video and media artists / writers / literary translators and arts and cultural educators in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2018. For more details:
Yizhak Mayer: "Meet the Author" Event
Ambassador Yizhak Mayer, author of the moving book “Silent Letter” will hold a “meet the author” event in Netanya. For further info about the event: And for more details about the title click here:
ITHL director on Grossman's win
"Grossman winning is not only his own achievement, but the achievement of the Hebrew literature as a whole", - Nilli Cohen on the first Hebrew author to receive Man Booker International Prize. Click here for the full article in Hebrew.
Chana Bloch dies at 77
Chana Bloch, a revered poet and translator from Hebrew and Yiddish, has sadly passed away earlier this month. Among her many remarkable achievements is the wonderful translation of a collection of poems by Dahlia Ravikovitch​ (W. W. Norton & Company). Chana will be greatly missed.
Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
English edition of Yitzchak Mayer's amazing "Silent Letter" is about to come out with Mosaic Press. Learn more about the author's incredible life story on his brand new website.
Dayan on feminism and writing
Following the release of "Transitions" in English, Yael Dayan talks to Lilith Magazine about her past aspirations and present pursuits. Click here to read the full interview.
Gundar-Goshen's Op-Ed for Time
To mark the US publication of "Waking Lions" Ayelet Gundar-Goshen talks about the refugee crisis, internal walls and people behind them in the op-ed for Time. Click here to read the article.
MHL - New webzine starting soon!