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Shlomo Abbas , Doron Sohari Shemesh

From Aesop to the Rambam [מֵאֵזוֹפּוּס עַד הָרַמְבָּ”ם (Me Izopus ad Harambam)]

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: Israel

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Title of the work

From Aesop to the Rambam [מֵאֵזוֹפּוּס עַד הָרַמְבָּ”ם (Me Izopus ad Harambam)]

Country of the First Edition

Country/countries of popularity

Israel

Original Language

Hebrew

First Edition Date

2013

First Edition Details

Shlomo Abbas, Me Izopus ad Harambam. Hod Hsharon: Agur Publishing, 2013, 115 pp.

Genre

Didactic fiction
Fables
Illustrated works

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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Doron Sohari Shemesh , 1976 - 2016
(Artist, Illustrator)

Doron was an illustrator, a painter and graphic designer. She graduated from the NB Haifa School of Design.


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


Summary

A collection of various famous stories from Greek mythology which aims to make the young readers acquainted with other cultures.

Analysis

The book offers various fables, half from Aesop and the other half from several Jewish sources. The fables adapted in this book are short and especially suitable for young children. The emphasis is on the moral of the story. This volume is a part of the ‘exemplary literature’ (“sifrut mofet”) series, which aims to reveal to the young Israeli readers various stories from the pinnacle of local and world literature. According to an interview I had with the author (November 2016)*, he thinks that while the Greek mythology stories form a significant part of the Western cultural heritage, they are less effective for children. The fables, on the other hand, are shorter, at times funny and always relevant to the modern readers.




* A telephone interview between Ayelet Peer and Shlomo Abas from November 2016.


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Title of the work

From Aesop to the Rambam [מֵאֵזוֹפּוּס עַד הָרַמְבָּ”ם (Me Izopus ad Harambam)]

Country of the First Edition

Country/countries of popularity

Israel

Original Language

Hebrew

First Edition Date

2013

First Edition Details

Shlomo Abbas, Me Izopus ad Harambam. Hod Hsharon: Agur Publishing, 2013, 115 pp.

Genre

Didactic fiction
Fables
Illustrated works

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


Female portrait

Doron Sohari Shemesh (Artist, Illustrator)

Doron was an illustrator, a painter and graphic designer. She graduated from the NB Haifa School of Design.


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


Summary

A collection of various famous stories from Greek mythology which aims to make the young readers acquainted with other cultures.

Analysis

The book offers various fables, half from Aesop and the other half from several Jewish sources. The fables adapted in this book are short and especially suitable for young children. The emphasis is on the moral of the story. This volume is a part of the ‘exemplary literature’ (“sifrut mofet”) series, which aims to reveal to the young Israeli readers various stories from the pinnacle of local and world literature. According to an interview I had with the author (November 2016)*, he thinks that while the Greek mythology stories form a significant part of the Western cultural heritage, they are less effective for children. The fables, on the other hand, are shorter, at times funny and always relevant to the modern readers.




* A telephone interview between Ayelet Peer and Shlomo Abas from November 2016.


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