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See You at the South Pole

Nurit Zarchi

AGE: 3-6

Everyone needs to care for someone other than himself, says
the mail carrier who hands Mr. Zoom a package. Mr. Zoom isn’t
interested in the package because he’s in a hurry to get to the
office, but the package shakes in his hands and makes vague
noises. Mr. Zoom doesn’t understand what the package is saying,
and doesn’t care that much. When he arrives at the office he
unwraps it impatiently. An egg appears, and the voice which
emerges from it says: “South Pole. Open on Sunday.” Today is
Friday, thinks Mr. Zoom in panic, I opened the package three days
too early. He hangs a sign on the door of his room so that he won’t be disturbed and sits down to incubate the egg. After three days, a baby penguin hatches from the egg and calls Mr. Zoom “Daddy.”
The penguin wants to go to the South Pole, and Mr. Zoom, who
no longer cares only for himself, buys tickets and flies with the
penguin to the southern continent that very same day. Multitudes
of penguins suddenly appear, and who runs towards them and
greets them? A mother penguin, of course! The baby penguin
immediately knows that she is his mother and runs to her. Mother
Penguin is happy to discover that there are still people in the
world who are willing to care for someone other than themselves,
and thanks Mr. Zoom. She reassures him that from now on she
will take care of her penguin, and Mr. Zoom, who must return to
his land, says goodbye to the two of them and hands the little
penguin a cellular phone. “When you miss me, call me,” he tells
him and climbs onto the sleigh. “Will you be back?” asks the
penguin. “Sure,” promises Mr. Zoom. “Life is an adventure,” he
adds and waves. “See you at the South Pole!”


Illustrations: Batia Kolton 

English translation available (for publishers only)

See You at the South Pole
Title See You at the South Pole
Author’s Last Name Zarchi
Author's First Name Nurit
Language(s) German, French, Spanish
Genre children-picture bk
Publisher (Hebrew) Dvir
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2005
No. Pages 37 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Lehitraʹot Be-Antarktika
Representation Represented by ITHL


French: Arles, Actes Sud, 2006
German: Hildesheim, Gerstenberg, 2007
Spanish: Buenos Aires, Adriana Hidalgo, 2013

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Arabic: Haifa, Merkaz adab al-Atfal al-Arabi fi Israel, 2000 

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French: Arles, Actes Sud, 2011


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