Shulamit asked everyone in her household to tell her a story. When no one obliged, a miracle happened – "a story told itself"!
"Ask your father, and he will show you;
your elders, and they will tell you" (Deuteronomy, 32:7)
Which stories are told in your family? Do you often tell "old time" stories, about past events? Do you make up imaginary tales? Or read books with your children? Does your child like to tell you stories, make them up or leaf through books? Do they do so alone, or with you?
Stories allow us to discover another time or place, think differently, or learn about another person's experience. A Girl all by Herself describes a moment when reality meets the imagination, and gives us a glimpse into Shulamit's personal experience through her story.
Enjoy reading and discussing the book together!
Ora Ayal 1946–2011
Ora Ayal wrote and illustrated more than 70 children’s books. She illustrated many books written by top Israeli children’s authors, such as Miriam Roth (Tale of Five Balloons [Maʹase Ba-Chamisha Balonim], Hot Corn [Tiras Ham], and Yael’s House [HaBayit Shel Yael]), David Grossman (the book series on Itamar), and Ronit Haham (Five Witches Went for a Walk [Hamesh Mekhashefot Halkhu Letayel]). Among the books Ora Ayal both wrote and illustrated are: One Tuesday Morning [Boker Bahir Ehad]; Ugbu; and The Great War [HaMilhama HaAdira]. Her illustration style is simple and easily identified, and her well-loved books have been a source of delight for thousands of Israeli children. Ora Ayal has won many awards, among them the Andersen Children’s Literature Award, and the Ben-Yitzhak Award.