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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
"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.
Call for applications English speakers: Stay culture in Paris (deadline: June 12th, 2018)
Details in the attached link
Congratulations to Sami Berdugo and Shoham Smith, recipients of the 2018 Bialik Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Israel!

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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