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The Key to My Heart

Nira Harel
AGE: 3-6

Why do we have keys? Keys open doors - to our homes, our cars, our offices, and so on. But is there such a thing as a key to one's heart? This heartwarming story is about a lost key chain, but it is also about father-son relationships. Jonathan`s dad loses his key chain. He and Jonathan decide to search together in all the places he went that day, but the key chain is nowhere to be found. They decide to go home and, to their surprise, Mom has the lost key chain! Perhaps losing it wasn`t such a bad thing after all: Jonathan spent a wonderful afternoon with his dad and, more important, he learned that he means more to his father than anything else.

Illustrations: Yossi Abolafia

Harel The Key to My Heart
Title The Key to My Heart
Author’s Last Name Harel
Author's First Name Nira
Language(s) Hebrew, English, German, Hindi
Genre children-picture bk
Publisher (Hebrew) Zebra
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2000
No. Pages 22 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Mafteach Ha-Lev
Representation Represented by ITHL


English: La Jolla, California, Kane/Miller, 2003; Gurgaon, Scholastic India, 2005
German: Munich, Bombus, 2004
Hindi: Gurgaon, Scholastic India, 2005
"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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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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