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Tanina Sticks Her Nose into Other People’s Plates

Nurit Zarchi
AGE: 6-10

Tanina is a witch who lives among us ordinary people. Everything she says comes true. She has a cat named Gizzard who talks and serves her loyally, but is offended when Tanina rebukes him and claims that he is useless. Zarchi, whose writing combines fantasy and realism, describes a series of strange adventures and occurrences which Tanina and her cat experience. In one of them Tanina decides to dine with Gizzard in a restaurant. But what will they order? The menu is not efficient, because reading is one thing and eating another. So Tanina sends Gizzard to peek at the plates of the other diners and to dip his tail in the food. Before he can report to Tanina on the different tastes, however, a riot breaks out in the restaurant, in the course of which Tanina organizes all the diners into a pressure group which demands to taste the dishes before deciding what to order.
In a different adventure, Tanina finds herself in serious danger because a witch with one tooth in the middle of her mouth wants to eat her. Unfortunately for Tanina, Gizzard is away at summer camp at the time, but since whatever Tanina says comes true, Gizzard arrives at the moment she says his name. Tanina orders him to swallow the witch, who is indeed swallowed up and is no more. Gizzard does not even notice that he has swallowed her. Tanina is no loser. She loves to fight and to win, and she despises ordinary people, who are slaves to lives of routine and habit, like taking the bus to work in the morning, sitting in a cafe, and shopping in the supermarket. Tanina loves a life full of dramas. She is an original type, independent and proud, and no one will tell her what to do.
Illustrations: Hilla Havkin.

Tanina Sticks Her Nose into Other People`s Plates
Title Tanina Sticks Her Nose into Other People’s Plates
Author’s Last Name Zarchi
Author's First Name Nurit
Genre children
Publisher (Hebrew) Dvir
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1993
No. Pages 56 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Tanina Metzitza Be-Tzalachot Shel Acherim
Representation Represented by ITHL

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