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Shlomo Abbas , Danny Kerman

The Best of Mythology Tales for Children (Meitav Sipurei Hamitologia l’Yeladim מיטב סיפורי המיתולוגיה לילדים)

YEAR: 1997

COUNTRY: Israel

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Title of the work

The Best of Mythology Tales for Children (Meitav Sipurei Hamitologia l’Yeladim מיטב סיפורי המיתולוגיה לילדים)

Country of the First Edition

Country/countries of popularity

Israel

Original Language

Hebrew

First Edition Date

1997

First Edition Details

Shlomo Abbas, Meitav Sipurei Hamitologia l’Yeladim. Hod Hsharon: Agur Publishing, 1997, 100 pp.

Genre

Illustrated works
Instructional and educational work
Myths
Short stories

Target Audience

Children

Cover

Missing cover

We are still trying to obtain permission for posting the original cover.


Author of the Entry:

Ayelet Peer, Bar Ilan University, ayelet.peer@gmail.com

Peer-reviewer of the Entry:

Lisa Maurice, Bar Ilan University, mauril68@gmail.com 

Elzbieta Olechowska, University of Warsaw, elzbieta.olechowska@gmail.com

Picture taken from the author’s website (accessed: July 5, 2018), courtesy of Araian Abbas.

Shlomo Abbas , b. 1948
(Author)

Shlomo Abbas is one of the leading and most prolific children’s authors in Israel. He wrote and edited about 170 books. He was born in Nesher, in the northern of Israel and later moved to Jerusalem. He studied anthropology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Beside his original literary contributions, Shlomo travels the world in order to gather local tales from different countries. He collected and edited many volumes of fairy tales and fables, local and from around the world, like the fables of the brothers Grim and Greek mythology.


Sources: 

Official website (accessed: July 5, 2018).

Profile at the library.osu.edu (accessed: July 5, 2018).


Bio prepared by Ayelet Peer, Bar Ilan University, ayelet.peer@gmail.com


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Danny Kerman (Illustrator)

Danny Kerman is an Israeli illustrator and satirist. He illustrated in newspapers and in children’s books. He won numerous awards and also taught in several colleges in Israel.


Source:

Official website (accessed: September 25, 2018).


Bio prepared by Ayelet Peer, Bar Ilan University, ayelet.peer@gmail.com


Summary

This book is a collection of several stories from the Greek Mythology, including illustrations. The stories are especially adapted to young children. This volume is a part of the ‘exemplary literature’ (“sifrut mofet”) series, which aims to reveal before the young Israeli readers various stories from the pinnacle of local and world literature. This series also aims to encourage reading in children from the third to the fifth class, thus the stories are specifically adapted and written in a manner which would be suitable to young children.

Analysis

The collected stories emphasizes moral themes, for example the stories of ‘King Midas and his donkey eras’, ‘Pandora’s box’, ‘Oedipus and the Sphinx’ and others. Each story has a moral lesson the readers can learn from. As Maurice (2016) 325 states, Abas’s love is more for storytelling in general than mythology itself, and the stories and style are in keeping with this.*




* Maurice, Lisa, “Greek Mythology in Israeli Children’s Literature,” in Katarzyna Marciniak, ed., Our Mythical Childhood... The Classics and Literature for Children and Young Adults, Leiden: Brill, 2016.



Further Reading

Maurice, Lisa, “Greek Mythology in Israeli Children’s Literature,” in Katarzyna Marciniak, ed., Our Mythical Childhood... The Classics and Literature for Children and Young Adults, Leiden: Brill, 2016, 307-32.

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Title of the work

The Best of Mythology Tales for Children (Meitav Sipurei Hamitologia l’Yeladim מיטב סיפורי המיתולוגיה לילדים)

Country of the First Edition

Country/countries of popularity

Israel

Original Language

Hebrew

First Edition Date

1997

First Edition Details

Shlomo Abbas, Meitav Sipurei Hamitologia l’Yeladim. Hod Hsharon: Agur Publishing, 1997, 100 pp.

Genre

Illustrated works
Instructional and educational work
Myths
Short stories

Target Audience

Children

Cover

Missing cover

We are still trying to obtain permission for posting the original cover.


Author of the Entry:

Ayelet Peer, Bar Ilan University, ayelet.peer@gmail.com

Peer-reviewer of the Entry:

Lisa Maurice, Bar Ilan University, mauril68@gmail.com 

Elzbieta Olechowska, University of Warsaw, elzbieta.olechowska@gmail.com

Picture taken from the author’s website (accessed: July 5, 2018), courtesy of Araian Abbas.

Shlomo Abbas (Author)

Shlomo Abbas is one of the leading and most prolific children’s authors in Israel. He wrote and edited about 170 books. He was born in Nesher, in the northern of Israel and later moved to Jerusalem. He studied anthropology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Beside his original literary contributions, Shlomo travels the world in order to gather local tales from different countries. He collected and edited many volumes of fairy tales and fables, local and from around the world, like the fables of the brothers Grim and Greek mythology.


Sources: 

Official website (accessed: July 5, 2018).

Profile at the library.osu.edu (accessed: July 5, 2018).


Bio prepared by Ayelet Peer, Bar Ilan University, ayelet.peer@gmail.com


Male portrait

Danny Kerman (Illustrator)

Danny Kerman is an Israeli illustrator and satirist. He illustrated in newspapers and in children’s books. He won numerous awards and also taught in several colleges in Israel.


Source:

Official website (accessed: September 25, 2018).


Bio prepared by Ayelet Peer, Bar Ilan University, ayelet.peer@gmail.com


Summary

This book is a collection of several stories from the Greek Mythology, including illustrations. The stories are especially adapted to young children. This volume is a part of the ‘exemplary literature’ (“sifrut mofet”) series, which aims to reveal before the young Israeli readers various stories from the pinnacle of local and world literature. This series also aims to encourage reading in children from the third to the fifth class, thus the stories are specifically adapted and written in a manner which would be suitable to young children.

Analysis

The collected stories emphasizes moral themes, for example the stories of ‘King Midas and his donkey eras’, ‘Pandora’s box’, ‘Oedipus and the Sphinx’ and others. Each story has a moral lesson the readers can learn from. As Maurice (2016) 325 states, Abas’s love is more for storytelling in general than mythology itself, and the stories and style are in keeping with this.*




* Maurice, Lisa, “Greek Mythology in Israeli Children’s Literature,” in Katarzyna Marciniak, ed., Our Mythical Childhood... The Classics and Literature for Children and Young Adults, Leiden: Brill, 2016.



Further Reading

Maurice, Lisa, “Greek Mythology in Israeli Children’s Literature,” in Katarzyna Marciniak, ed., Our Mythical Childhood... The Classics and Literature for Children and Young Adults, Leiden: Brill, 2016, 307-32.

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