Born in Jaffa, Yaakov Hurgin (1898-1990) was one of the first Israeli-born writers for children. He also wrote for adults. During World War I, he served as an interpreter in the Turkish Army and later for the British Army in many Near-Eastern countries. He was a teacher and editor of children`s magazines. He also taught at Yeshiva University, New York, and later became professor of Hebrew literature at Bar-Ilan University. Hurgin published some 25 books for children and 10 for adults. He was awarded the Lamdan Prize in 1955.