Young Shiraz lives a lonely life with her stepmother and stepsister, completely unaware of the old woman who lives alone next door...until Shiraz's runaway yarn ball brings them face-to-face. This beautiful story from Tehran-born Israeli pop star Rita Jahanforuz explores the power of listening to others and the value of empathy.
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Product Dimensions:8.5 x 10.75 inches
Page Count:40 pages
Age Range:Ages 6-10 years
Awards & Accolades
Folktales for Kids, Imagination Soup, 2017
Book Cover of the Week, Jewish Book Council, 2013
Book of the Year Award Finalist, Foreword Magazine, 2000
Children's Book Council NOT Just for Children Anymore!, 2000
The Blue Ribbon Book, The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books, 1999
Books for Children, Mother Goose Award, 1999
"... a heartwarming vindication of good-heartedness, something that doesn’t always get celebrated in a girlhood culture of snark" – The New York Times
"Author Rita Jahanforuz, a Tehran-born Israeli pop star, recapitulates in these vivid pages the fable of an understanding girl [and] Vali Mintzi's illustrations here are wonderfully vibrant" – The Wall Street Journal
"Richly colored illustrations in gouache brighten this tale’s message of the importance of listening to people’s hearts" – OmniLibros
"Successfully calls on traditional tales for tone and structure but feels fresh with elegant, color-rich gouache art and a distinctive setting" – The Horn Book Magazine
"Vali Mintzi has amazing style and isn’t afraid to use color. Her gouache paints are bold; she uses strong lines, dabs of color here and there and with just a few strokes, she brings to life the colorful city of Tehran" – Read It Real Good
"A well-crafted, beautifully illustrated story of kindness and care, this is a top-notch picture book import" – Kirkus Reviews
About the Contributors
Written by - Rita Jahanforuz
Rita Jahanforuz is a well-known and highly respected singer in Israel. She was born in Tehran and her family emigrated in 1970, when she was eight years old. She never forgot her Persian origins and childhood memories in which she finds inspiration.
Illustrated by - Vali Mintzi
Vali Mintzi was born in Romania and studied at the prestigious Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. She works as an illustrator and graphic editor for the children's art magazine Einayim. In 2012 she was awarded The Israel Museum Ben-Yitzhak Award for the Illustration of a Children's Book. Her vibrant and evocative style is influenced by painters such as Bonnard, Hockney and Matisse.