Connie is flying to Beijing with her father, Israel’s next ambassador to China. But China seems so strange and far away, she’s scared that her friends in Israel will forget her. To distract her, her father gives her a little Chinese gong, and it tells her a magical story inspired by an ancient Chinese folk-tale.
Kuan-Yu is the most famous gong maker in China. The secret of sound was handed down to him by an ancestor who had saved a nightingale from captivity, and his young daughter Qong-Gey assists him in the workshop. When Kuan-Yu’s fame reaches the Imperial palace, the Empress is terribly jealous and she hatches a plot against him: she gets the Emperor to order Kuan-Yu to cast a gong with the most beautiful sound ever heard. If he fails, he will be executed. The gong maker blends copper, silver and gold, but his first two attempts are a failure. So Qong-Gey seeks advice from the Goddess of Fire -- the goddess tells her that the gong will only ring if human blood is added to the mix. As the gong maker prepares to cast the precious metals for his third attempt, Qong-Gey jumps into the blazing furnace and the perfect sound floats out. But Connie can’t accept this sad ending: she intervenes and changes it, bringing Qong-Gey back to life. And so, the little Israeli girl rescues the Chinese girl!
An enchanting and moving story that brings two cultures together.
Illustrations: Zagny Ormut-Durbin
utterly gorgeous book, full of inspiration and imagination - of all that brings
Prof. Nurit Govrin
book for all age groups, marvelous, magical, exciting and inspiring. The
illustrations are dizzyingly beautiful. Pure pleasure.
Author Yochi Brandes
beautiful book. I was enthralled, and I read it with excitement and admiration.
Perfection of both content and form, complete utilization of the beauty and
wisdom of a literary work. A book extremely rich in the content that it
conveys, and so heart-warming in the feelings that it arouses. Absolute
Author Dorit Orgad
wonderful author. In her writing, a refined charm mixed with great love is
always prevalent, captivating the heart of the reader. How lovely, how highly
recommendable. Run out and buy it.
Author Adiva Geffen
The Bell Maiden
will take the reader on an engrossing and exhausting journey through the halls
of imagination and emotion … A wealth of turnabouts and suspenseful moments, up to the surprising ending … An enchanting and unique legend … With a craftsperson’s hand, Semel leads the reader to the understanding that
happiness is the art of the possible and that part of the beauty of life
entails pain, blemish, and imperfection.
Mor Dvorkin-Fogelman, Achbar Ha'Ir
recommendation: A beautiful book for kids,
and not only for kids … The lovely illustrations are truly breathtaking
… An optimistic fable that won’t do us adults any harm either.
Tsippy Gon-Gross, IDF Radio
author always finds the way to different places, to other worlds, to touch the
readers’ hearts and to arouse insights beyond place and time.
Author Ofra Gelbart-Avni
book that I admire greatly. Replete with uniqueness. Beautiful illustrations.
Encourages children to read it.
Shmuel Shay, Kol Israel
enchanting book with illustrations that make the heart tremble.
Yehiam Padan, Bestbooks.co.il
moving book, poetic and delicate, that links legend with reality… I very much
enjoyed reading it very. Although it’s meant for kids, their parents will also
Iaffa Gavish, Saloona
Rivka Michaeli, Radio 103.FM
wise book … Nava Semel touches upon material that is not simple and the outcome
is good, but complicated… In fairytales, everything may work out, but the sad
Israeli child in the story learns new things and moves on.
Sivan Rahav-Meir, IDF Radio