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Ayin Hillel

Ayin Hillel (Hillel Omer, 1926-1990) was born in a kibbutz in the Jezreel Valley. He served in the elite Palmach unit during Israel's 1948 War of Independence, and spent his later years in Tel Aviv. As Jerusalem's chief landscape architect from 1954 to 1969, he designed the city's botanical and biblical gardens and continued to work in landscaping after he moved to Tel Aviv. A beloved author of children's literature, he published several volumes of poetry for adults as well. Ayin Hillel received both the Fichman Prize and an Andersen Honor Citation (1976).             

Books Published in Hebrew            
The Noon Country, Sifriat Poalim, 1950 [Eretz Ha-Tzohorayim]
Nisra, The Author, 1962 [Nisra]            
Hunting Madness, Am Oved, 1964 [Teruf Toref]
Eulogy, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1973 [Hodayah]            
Speak, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1980 [Dabri]
Joseph and Potiphar's Wife, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1982 [Yossef Ve-Eshet Potifar]
Until Now, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1983 [Ad Ko]            
Blue and Thorns, Sifriat Poalim, 1987 [Tchelet Ve-Kotzim]
Holon's Fables, Sifriat Poalim, 1991 [Mishlei Holon]
The Complete Poems, Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Bialik Institue, 2012 [Kol Ha-Shirim]           

Why Does the Zebra Wear Pajamas? (children-picture-bk), Sifriat Poalim, 1959; 2014 [Lama Loveshet Ha-Zebra Pijama?]            
Abroad, Abroad!, Sifriat Poalim, 1960 [Chutz La-Aretz, Chutz La-Aretz]
Nobody Can See Me, Massada, 1967 [Oti Lir'ot Af Echad Lo Yachol]
Uncle Simcha, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1969/99 [Dodi Simcha]
I'm a Warbler, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1970 [Ani Pashosh]
Good Morning, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1971 [Boker Tov]
Bulbul, Why?, Massada, 1972 [Bulbul, Lama Kacha?]
Birdie, Birdie, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1973 [Rom Tziporim Tziporim Tzip]
A Giraffe in Blue Jeans, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1976 [Jiraf Be-Jins Kachol]
Uncle Simcha's Voice, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1976 [Kol Dodi Simcha]            
How Are You Mrs. Ladybird?, Am Oved, 1977 [Shalom Lach Parat Moshe Rabenu]
From Fly To Elephant, Keter, 1977 [Mi-Zvuv Ve-Ad Pil]
A Tale of Two Cats and Other Amimals, Keter, 1977 [Ma'aseh Be-Chatulayim U-Sh'ar Ha-Chayot Shel Ayin Hillel]
Yossi, Smart Child of Mine, Massada, 1978 [Yossi Yeled Sheli Mutzlach]            
Unbelievable, Ministry of Education, 1978 [Lo Yeuman]
When Uncle Simcha Sings, Zionist Confederation, 1984 [Ke-She-Dod Simcha Shar]
I'm a Warbler, Certainly and Maybe, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1987 [Ani Pashosh Betach Ve-Ulay]
The Book of Scribble-Songs, R. Sirkis, 1988 [Sefer Ha-Kishkushirim]            
A Cloud in My Hand, Sifriat Poalim, 1989 [Anan Ba-Yad]
It Happened to a Fawn, Kinneret, 1989 [Ma'ase Be-Ofer Ayalim]
Ayn Hillel's Big Book, Am Oved, 1992 [Ha-Sefer Ha-Gadol Shel Ayin Hillel]             
Yossi My Wonderful Child (children-picture bk), Am Oved, 2011 [Yossi Yeled Sheli Mutzlach]
A Tale of Two Cats (children-picture bk), Modan, Noah Books, 2014 [Ma'aseh Be-Chatulayim]
Collected Poems (children), Dvir, 2015 [Shemesh Ba-Marom Zorachat]

Yoash (children-picture bk), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2017 [Yoash]

Books in Translation


A Tale of Two Cats

English: Seattle, Fantagraphics Books, 2019


A Kibbutz Adventure 
English: London, F. Warne, 1963

Ayin Hillel

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