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A Tale of a Rabbit and a Tail

Written by: Ayin Hillel / Illustrated by: Liat Yaniv Ofek / Publisher: Hakibbutz Hameuchad

Distribution: December 2019

This is a newly illustrated version of the story by the classical Israeli Ayin Hillel of a rabbit who wakes up one morning believing his tail has been stolen and searches high and low until – behold – he finds it just where it ought to be!

Family Activities

here is my nose? Where are my hands? Where is my tail?... Hang on a minute, who has a tail? Rabbit's search for his tail ends in triumph when it is found.


Classroom Activities

Dear Parents,

here is my nose? Where are my hands? Where is my tail?... Hang on a minute, who has a tail? Rabbit's search for his tail ends in triumph when it is found.


Finding what you seek

Children often grow attached to a stuffed animal or blanket, and feel devastated when it is lost. They search for it everywhere, and sometimes, just when they despair of it and begin to cry, they discover it was right under their noses all along, or in Rabbit's case – right at the end of his back.


Enjoy reading this book together!


Ayin Hillel (1926–1990)

Ayin Hill (Hillel Omer) was born in Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek in 1926. An author, poet, and landscape architect, Ayin Hillel often incorporated nature, landscapes, and animals into his poems. Many generations of Israeli children were raised on his literary gems, such as the Uncle Simcha stories, Why does the Zebra Wear Pajamas?, Yossi, Smart Child of Mine, and many others. Ayin Hillel also wrote poetry and prose for adults. He won many awards for his work, and passed away in 1990.

פעילות בחיק המשפחה

  • Rabbit's tail appears in every illustration, but Rabbit cannot find it. You may want to ask your child to leaf through the book, and locate the tail on each page.
  • You could attach a kerchief to the back of your child's pants, and go searching for their tail around the house: Where is that tail hiding? Perhaps you could follow the route described in the book: under the bed, inside the shoes, under the pillow, in the kitchen, then the bathroom, and finally sit down. Like the rabbit in the story, your child can leap for joy when their lost tail is finally found.
  • Can your child name their body parts? You may enjoy playing a game in which you ask your child: Where's your elbow? Where's your knee? Where's your big toe? And have them point to each body part in turn.
  • Rabbit looks in the bathroom and catches his reflection in the mirror. You may also want to stand in front of the mirror with your child, name one of the emotions felt by Rabbit throughout the book, and make the corresponding facial expression: smile to show joy, make a concerned face, get excited, and so on.
  • Who has a tail? Perhaps you could take out some stuffed animals or look through a picture-book to discover what other animal has a tail. Which has long ears? What other animal can leap and jump?
  • What does Rabbit like to eat? Carrots, of course! How about making a delicious carrot cake together? Ingredients: 2 eggs, ½ a cup of sugar, 1/3 cup of oil, 2 medium-sized grated carrots, 1 cup self-raising flour (or 1 cup of white flour mixed with a teaspoon of baking powder), ½ a teaspoon of baking soda, 1 flat teaspoon of cinnamon. Method: Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Mix all the ingredients in the order in which they appear. Put the batter in an oiled baking pan, and bake for 20-25 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the cake, and when it comes out dry, the cake is ready. Sit in the kitchen, eat the cake together, hug each other, and enjoy!

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