Oblong quarto. 16pp. Original color illustrated stiff paper boards. A joyous children's story celebrating the vibrant life of a young family in Israel. Each spread with a full-page color lithograph facing three-line rhyming stanzas, which are positioned diagonally. On the front cover the family and other immigrants are welcomed at the dock as they disembark, making aliyah. We follow a brother and sister (along with their parents, dog, cat and a doll) from laundry day at the family's countryside tent (which is adorned with flowers), to gardening and tree planting in the yard of their new home, feeding animals in the barn, dancing and singing at a picnic, on the road with a donkey-drawn flower cart, harvesting fruit in the orchard and a flag-waving cheer for Yom Haatzmaut (Israeli independence day). Albeit romanticized, the story is a charming depiction of postwar safety, freedom and abundance. Text in Hebrew. Printed in Israel by Tarbut. Interior very good. Spine slightly rubbed. Small chip at right top edge of rear board. Backstrip chipped at tail. Overall very good. Rare. Both the writer and illustrator were Polish. Skulski often adopted pseudonyms, in this case "Good Uncle." In 1941 he entered Palestine illegally during the British Mandate. In 1944 the British arrested him for being a member of the Betar defense brigade in Rosh Pina; he served two years in the Latrun detention camp. In addition to writing poetry, he was a journalist, an educator, editor and translator. He taught literature at Ironi Alef high school in Tel Aviv and edited for Yediot children in addition to literary sections of various other newspapers. Nik (Nick) was born Marilla Sperling. She and her mother survived seven concentration camps and two death marches; her father and brother did not survive. At one point, she and her mother were chosen by Mengele to paint counterfeit works by famous artists. After the war she studied art in Paris, married and had a daughter. She moved to Israel in 1949 with her mother and family, where she taught art and worked as a researcher and curator in the department of testimony, Ethnography and Folklore at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv. Altogether she wrote or illustrated nine books, including at least four children's books, a secret diary of Hamlet and a work on the influence of art history in costume. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Bruchim Habaim (Blessings on those who come,...
Publication Date: 1950
Book Condition: vg
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