Green Bean Books

Barefoot in the Sand

Written by Hava Divon
Illustrated by Rotem Templow

Price: £10.99 / $12.99
Pages: 32
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781784389260

Book available from August 2023


  • Teaches children the importance of working hard to make your dreams come true and to always be thankful for what we have
  • Tells an important story about how people from different places with different accents can become our family and teaches young readers to be respectful towards others
  • Beautifully illustrated throughout
  • A touching story of togetherness and a homage to the early immigrants of Israel who shared a dream


When Saul was a little boy, he used to listen to stories about a place called Eretz Yisrael – the land of Israel. Everything he heard inspired him and he longed to know what it would be like to live there and to walk barefoot in the soft, golden sand.

When Saul grows up and finally gets his wish, will it live up to his expectations?

Follow Saul in this heart-warming tale about following your dreams and the importance of accepting everyone, no matter where they come from.

Author Details

Havvah Deevon is a Jerusalemite, scriptwriter, screenwriter and graduate of the Ma’ale Film School in Jerusalem, where she lectures on scriptwriting and screenwriting and she also mentors students. Havvah is the co-creator and writer of the award-winning TV show Srugim, and a scriptwriter of screenplays for Israeli television and Israeli films and the ultra-Orthodox film industry.

Illustrator Details

Rotem Teplow lives with her husband and son in a small village by Israel’s Dead Sea. She graduated from the Shenkar College of Design in 2016. She loves yoga, reading books, and illustrating beautiful scenery. She currently illustrates for children’s books and magazines worldwide. Find her on Instagram or visit


Hava Deevon is a script and screenplay writer for Israeli television and co-creator and writer of the series Srugim. Rotem Teplow has illustrated many children’s books, including My Israel and Me (Kalaniot, 2021), and And a Cat from Carmel Market (Kar-Ben, 2021). The text works well with the illustrations, which are full of blues and tans in its depictions of Israel, and the longing of all Jews for their homeland is clear. A double-spread when Saul says the Hallel prayer depicts the vibrant fruits of Israel.’ – Chava Pinchuck, Editor, Jewish Values Finder