Green Bean Books

Ages 4-8

A Basket Full of Figs

Written by Ori Elon

Illustrated by Menahem Halberstadt

Translated by Gilah Kahn-Hoffmann

Highlights

  • A fable for our times, which teaches the value of the natural world and the importance of preserving it for future generations
  • A beautifully illustrated picture book for 4-8 year olds
  • An accessible and captivating retelling of an ancient story

Price: £8.99 / $12.95

ISBN: 9781784384722

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Shani's Shoebox

Written & illustrated by Rinat Hoffer

Translated by Noga Applebaum

Highlights

  • A clever and original story of a young girl, Shani, who uses an old shoebox for different Jewish festivals throughout the year.
  • Starting with new shoes for Rosh Hashana, Shani uses the box for Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Chanukah, Tu B’shvat, Purim, Pesach, Yom Ha’atzmaut, Lag Ba’Omer, Shavuot – until she gets new shoes on Rosh Hashana again.
  • A beautiful, gentle story for 4-8 year olds translated by Noga Applebaum.

Price: £12.99 / $15.99

ISBN: 9781784382483

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The Heart-Shaped Leaf

Written by Shira Geffen

Illustrated by David Polonsky

Highlights

  • Illustrated by David Polonksy, award-winning artist responsible for the Anne Frank graphic novel

  • Winner of two international book awards

Price: £12.99 / $21.95

ISBN: 9781784382629

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The Sages of Chelm and the Moon

Written by Shlomo Abas

Illustrated by Omer Hoffmann

Translated by Gilah Kahn-Hoffmann

Highlights

  • Classic folk story about the preposterously silly townsfolk of Chelm

  • Showcases work by an award-winning Israeli illustrator, Omer Hoffmann

  • Charming tale about a town’s attempt to capture the moon

Price: £12.99 / $24.95

ISBN: 9781784383695

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Signs in the Well

Written by Shoham Smith

Illustrated by Vali Mintzi

Translated by Annette Appel

Highlights

  • A wonderful depiction of an inspirational story

  • Great introduction to an important Jewish thinker

  • Beautiful illustrations by an award-winning illustrator to enhance the story

  • A wise and accessible story from an award-winning children’s author

Price: £12.99 / $22.95

ISBN: 9781784383770

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Who will ask the four questions?

Written by Naomi Ben-Gur

Illustrated by Carmel Ben Ami

Translated by Gilah Kahn-Hoffmann

Highlights

  • Delightfully illustrated picture book for 4-8 year olds
  • A heart-warming story which celebrates the importance of family
  • A wise and funny depiction of sibling rivalry
  • Revolves around the festival of Passover and the traditions of the Seder

Price: £8.99 / $17.95

ISBN: 9781784384630

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The Peddler and the Baker

Written by Yael Molchadsky

Illustrated by Liora Grossman

Translated by Annette Appel

Highlights

  • Beautifully illustrated picture book for 4-8 year olds
  • Retells a classic Jewish folktale with warmth and humour
  • Teaches the importance of sharing, generosity and kindness
  • Demonstrates the joy and inclusivity of Shabbat
  • Includes a recipe for challah

Price: £8.99 / $11.99
ISBN: 9781784382629

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The Wise Men of Chelm and the Foolish Carp

Written by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Illustrated by Viktoria Efremova

Highlights

  • A brand new publication of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s classic tale for children.

  • A humorous tale from a master storyteller, drawing on the much loved Yiddish folktales about the foolish people of Chelm.

  • Beautiful new illustrations throughout

Price: £9.99 / $19.95
ISBN: 9781784385699

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The Magician's Visit

Written by Barbara Diamond Goldin
Illustrated by Eva Sanchez Gomez

Highlights

  • An evocative retelling of a classic Jewish tale by I. L. Peretz – one of the greatest classical Yiddish writers of all time
  • Adapted by acclaimed children’s author Barbara Diamond Goldin
  • Stunning art by award-winning illustrator Eva Sánchez Gómez
  • Teaches the importance of generosity, kindness and hospitality
  • A perfect tale for introducing young ones to the lessons of Passover
  • For ages 4–8
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Book available from Pesach 2021

Price: £10.99 / $13.99
ISBN: 9781784386658

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Lenny and Benny

Written by Naama Benziman
Translated by Shira Atik

Highlights

  • 2020 American Illustration Competition award winner
  • An enchanting and humorous tale adapted from a traditional Jewish midrash
  • Delivers a poignant message about the importance of taking care of friendships and resolving arguments
  • Stunningly and innovatively illustrated by an award-winning
  • Israeli artist and writer
  • Includes an 8-page foldout section

Price: £12.99 / $12.95
ISBN: 9781784386221

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Benjy's Blanket

Written by Miguel Gouveia
Illustrated by Raquel Catalina

Highlights

  • A charmingly adapted story from the Jewish oral tradition

  • Explores the ever-changing landscape of childhood, the challenges and joys of growing up and the importance of intergenerational family relationships

  • A celebration of ingenuity, imagination and resourcefulness

  • Beautifully illustrated throughout

Price: £11.99 / $13.99
ISBN: 9781784386320

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The Donkey and the Garden

The Donkey and the Garden

Written by Devora Busheri
Illustrated by Menahem Halberstadt

Highlights

  • A delightful story adapted from a midrash, about how Rabbi Akiva learned to read and write at the age of forty.
  • Delivers the message that no one is ever too old to learn new things or make changes in their life, nor should anyone let fear stop them from doing so.
  • Beautiful, lively illustrations enhance the storytelling throughout

Price: £10.99 / $19.95
ISBN: 9781784386375

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The Fabulous Tale of Fish 'N' Chips

Written by Helaine Becker
Illustrated by Omer Hoffman

Highlights

  • A vivid fictional account of how the iconic British meal, fish and chips, was born.
  • Celebrates the contributions made by immigrants to British culture.
  • Includes historical notes and the author’s own old family recipe for fried fish in matzo meal.

Book available from May 2021

Price: £9.99 / $12.99
ISBN: 9781784385705

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The Chocolate King

Written by Michael Leventhal
Illustrated by Laura Catalán

Recipe by Claudia Roden

Highlights

  • A historical tale about how chocolate first came to France – the result of Jews escaping the Spanish Inquisition

  • Gently teaches children about religious intolerance, immigration, and the positive influence refugees and immigrants can have on the dominant culture

  • Includes Claudia Roden’s recipe for traditional Spanish hot chocolate

  • Beautifully illustrated throughout, with a foldout section on the making of chocolate

Book available from November 2021

Price: £10.99 / $12.99
ISBN: 9781784386740

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In the Market of Zakobat

Written by Ori Elon
Illustrated by Menahem Halberstadt
Translated by Shira Atik

Highlights

  • Adapted from an ancient Babylonian Jewish folktale, which can be found in the Gemara.

  • Celebrates generosity of spirit and a love of Shabbat.

  • Beautifully and humorously told with stunning illustrations throughout.

Book available from November 2021

Price: £10.99 / $12.99
ISBN: 9781784386528

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But Perhaps, Just Maybe...

Written by Tuvia Dikman Oro
Illustrated by Menahem Halberstadt
Translated by Gilah Kahn-Hoffmann 

Highlights

  • Tale about two friends who set off to get their bicycles fixed and encounter setbacks brought about by their friends along the way

  • Reminds children not to judge people quickly and to see situations from someone else’s point of view

  • Beautifully-illustrated by Menahem Halberstadt

Book available from April 2022

Price: £10.99 / $12.99
ISBN: 9781784387365

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