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The Wondrous Journey of the Toad

Yaakov Shabtai
AGE: 6 up

Sick and tired of Mom and Dad Toad, Little Toad wants freedom and a good time. "Have you ever seen Lake Fake?" he asks Richard the Grasshopper. "Seen it?" says Richard, "I`ve always wanted to. But I heard about it from a crab, who heard about it from a beetle, who heard about it from a dragonfly whose word is as good as gold." With this solid reassurance, Toad sets out to find the legendary Lake Fake. On his way he meets a crow who dreams of cheese, visits the City of Endless Happiness, is joined by Champion Jumper Snail, Champion Runner Snail and the Unsurpassed Spider. When the Kingdom-That-Is-The-Wrong-Way-Up-Of-Upside-Down needs fixing, Toad sends a message that he`ll be right there and fixes it. Lake Fake is... yes, fake. But Toad`s pluck and resourcefulness save the day and the animals still manage to produce a play (after squabbling, of course). Shabtai`s story and play brim with exuberance.

Illustrations: Wolf Erlbruch

Shabtai The Wondrous Journey of the Toad
Title The Wondrous Journey of the Toad
Author’s Last Name Shabtai
Author's First Name Yaakov
Language(s) German, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Korean
Genre children
Publisher (Hebrew) Sifriat Poalim
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1965
Publisher 2 (Hebrew) Zmora-Bitan
Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew) 1990
No. Pages 132 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Masa Ha-Mufla Shel Ha-Karpad
Representation Represented by ITHL


German: Munich, Carl Hanser, 1998
Italian: Verona, Mondadori, 1999
Dutch: Amsterdam, Van Goor, 2000
Korean: Seoul, Dae San, 2001
Chinese: Taipei, Taiwan Interminds, 2003
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