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Granny Knits

Uri Orlev

This is a poignant and insightful book about prejudice. Granny comes to a town with nothing but a bundle of wool and knitting needles in her bag. She sits down on a tree trunk and knits herself some slippers, a bed, a kettle, a house and finally, a boy and a girl – her grandchildren. When the time comes for the children to go to school, she finds out that knitted children are not accepted. So Granny declares war. She pickets the council and writes to the mayor, but her actions boomerang. The knitted house may well become a great tourist attraction, but those knitted children will never be admitted to school. Granny is left with only one means of revenge: she picks at her house, finds a loose end and unravels the lot. Then Granny moves on to find another town where she can bring her beloved children back to life.

Illustrations: Ora Eitan

Orlev Granny Knits
Title Granny Knits
Author’s Last Name Orlev
Author's First Name Uri
Language(s) Hebrew, English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Assamiya (India), Bangla (India), Gujarati (India), Hindi, Japanese, Kannada (India), Korean, Malayalam (India), Marathi (India), Oriya (India), Polish, Punjabi (India), Romanian, Tamil (India), Telugu (India), Urdu (India), Vietnamese
Genre children-picture bk
Publisher (Hebrew) Massada
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1981
No. Pages 40 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Savta Soreget
Representation Represented by ITHL


German: Zurich, Atlantis, 1981
French: Lausanne, Pierrot, 1981; Paris, Flammarion, 1998; Wroclaw, Format, 2016
Dutch: Amsterdam, Querido, 1986; Baarn, Fontein, 2002
Japanese: Tokyo, Komichi-Shobo, 1997; Tokyo, Iwanami, 2010
Spanish: Mexico, Fondo de Cultura Economica, 1997; 2010;  Guatemala, Fondo de Cultura, forthcoming
Italian: Milan, Feltrinelli, 1999
Korean: Seoul, Munhakdongue, 2000
English, Assamiya, Bangla, Gujarati, Marathi: New Delhi, NBT, 1999; Malayalam, Punjabi, Tamil: 2000; Telugu, Hindi: 2001; Kannada: 2004; Urdu, Oriya: 2005 
Romanian: Bucharest, Hasefer, 2004
Vietnamese: Hanoi, Kim Dong, 2008
Polish: Warsaw, Wytwornia, 2009

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