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My Birthday

My Birthday

ABOUT THE BOOK
MY BIRTHDAY tells the story of a woman who, anticipating her upcoming birthday, wonders how she should celebrate her special day. She recalls how she celebrated her birthday at various stages of her life, and, after considering various alternatives, she makes a decision. Can you guess what that decision is?

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The Wailing Wall

The Wailing Wall

ABOUT THE BOOK
The Wailing Wall, which is in Jerusalem, acquired its name from the fact that, for generations, Jews have gone there to pray and cry over the destruction of the Temple. The Wailing Wall has also served as a place for special celebrations. In THE WAILING WALL, a boy is about to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah at the Wailing Wall. He is happy to have a chance to pray at the Wall and let God know his special wish. But as he tucks a note expressing his special wish into one of the cracks between the stones of the Wailing Wall, something unexpected happens. Can you guess what that is?

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The Train

The Train

ABOUT THE BOOK
In THE TRAIN, author Judith Weinshall Liberman uses the metaphor of a train and its passengers to speak about her life. The author is portrayed as an old woman sitting on a train on which members of her family rode with her. But, one by one, the others have disembarked, and now it is her turn to get off the train. Readers, young and old, will find meaning in this story.

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Your Grandpa

Your Grandpa: A Letter to Our Grandchildren

ABOUT THE BOOK
YOUR GRANDPA is a heartwarming story about an imaginary relationship between a grandfather and his four grandchildren. The story is written in the form of a letter from a grandmother to her grandchildren, recounting her late husband's great personality and accomplishments. The grandchildren never knew their grandfather because he had passed away before they were born. Yet through their grandmother's words, they can get to know their grandfather and can imagine the wonderful times they would have spent with him.

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Heavenly Gardens: Baha'i Gardens of Haifa

Heavenly Gardens: Baha'i Gardens of Haifa

ABOUT THE BOOK
The magnificent Baha'i Gardens of Haifa, Israel, have been listed by the UNESCO World Heritage Commission as a World Heritage Site. Members of the Baha'i faith have established their world center in the city of Haifa and maintain their shrine in the Gardens. In HEAVENLY GARDENS, Judith Weinshall Liberman, a native of Haifa, presents her unique insight into the symbolic meaning of the Gardens by probing the relationship between tenets of the Baha'i faith, such as the oneness of humankind, and various elements in the design of the Baha'i Gardens of Haifa.

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The Rainbow

THE RAINBOW

Dog Ear Publishing 2017

ABOUT THE BOOK
THE RAINBOW tells the story of a girl who, after a storm, notices a rainbow on the horizon and decides to reach it. Since she knows that rainbows don't last, she is in a rush to reach the rainbow before it disappears. She climbs mountains and swims across waters in an effort to reach the rainbow in time. Although she may not succeed, her effort nonetheless pays off.

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Shop and Shop

SHOP AND SHOP

Dog Ear Publishing 2017

ABOUT THE BOOK
SHOP AND SHOP presents a little girl's story about her mother's compulsive shopping behavior. The mother spends much of her time shopping for items she does not need and can ill afford, and the little girl, who witnesses her mother's shopping sprees, is puzzled by her mother's actions. The little girl's insight into her mother's compulsive behavior makes the story both amusing and instructive.

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RONNIE'S ALARM CLOCK

RONNIE'S ALARM CLOCK

Dog Ear Publishing 2017

ABOUT THE BOOK
RONNIE'S ALARM CLOCK tells the story of a lonely alarm clock who tries to connect to others in order to overcome his loneliness. The clock's efforts to reach out to Ronnie and to his friends at school end up disastrously, as do his efforts to befriend various objects at home until...

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Ruthie And Her Ancestors

RUTHIE AND HER ANCESTORS Kindle Edition Available!

Dog Ear Publishing 2017

ABOUT THE BOOK
RUTHIE AND HER ANCESTORS tells the story of a young girl who becomes curious about her ancestry. She is particularly eager to find out whether one of her ancestors was a king, which would make her a princess of sorts. Her father begins telling her the story of her ancestry going all the way back to Abraham the Patriarch, but the story is so long that she falls asleep before her father finishes the story. Yet when she falls asleep, she dreams about searching for her ancestors at various times and places in history. What she discovers in the course of her dream makes her realize that she may be a princess after all.

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The Secret

THE SECRET

Dog Ear Publishing 2016

ABOUT THE BOOK
THE SECRET is a fable about a little girl who, in a dream, is seeking the secret to a good life. In her dream, the girl is walking in a forest, where she encounters a lion, a cheetah, a squirrel, and a spider. She asks each of these creatures in turn what the secret is to a good life, and each creature gives a different answer. After waking up and considering their answers, the girl realizes that the answer given by one of the creatures in her dream resonates with her. Can you guess which creature, and what the answer was?

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If I Were a Mom

IF I WERE A MOM

Dog Ear Publishing 2016

ABOUT THE BOOK
IF I WERE A MOM is an amusing story about a young girl who, having been scolded by her mother, fantasizes about how differently from her own mother she would mother a child if she ever became a mother herself. She imagines that, unlike her own mother, she would be lenient, allowing her child to eat infinite amounts of sweets, stay up all night playing with friends, skip school etc. The little girl's recipe for sound mothering will intrigue any reader.

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GRANDMA'S GLASSES

Dog Ear Publishing 2016

ABOUT THE BOOK
GRANDMA'S GLASSES tells the story of a young girl who spends time with her artist-grandmother, and who learns from her grandmother not only the basics of painting but also what it takes to be a true artist. The emotional connection between the young girl and her grandmother is palpable, and the lifelong lessons learned by the girl will touch any reader's heart.

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If I Had a Little Sister

IF I HAD A LITTLE SISTER

Dog Ear Publishing 2016

ABOUT THE BOOK
IF I HAD A LITTLE SISTER tells an amusing story about a lonely little boy who is an only child and who yearns for a little sister that he could play with. He fantasizes about how, being the older and wiser of the two, he would teach his little sister various skills. He finally realizes that perhaps the little sister he is yearning for would not be as amenable to his plans as he might wish, and he reaches a crucial decision. Can you guess what that decision is?

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The Bridge

THE BRIDGE

Dog Ear Publishing 2016

ABOUT THE BOOK
THE BRIDGE tells the story of a girl who leaves her home town in search of a place where she can thrive. In order to reach her destination, she has to climb a long, steep bridge. Despite obstacles, she perseveres and eventually reaches her destination. The story of the girl's perseverance will encourage the reader, young or old, to pursue a worthwhile goal despite seemingly insurmountable difficulties.

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TALE OF THE ROMAN NUMERALS

Dog Ear Publishing 2016

ABOUT THE BOOK
TALE OF THE ROMAN NUMERALS teaches the reader, young or old, the basics of the Roman numeral system, a way of writing numbers which was used in the Roman Empire for centuries and which is still used for various purposes in the West today. The amusing story and the colorful illustrations in TALE OF THE ROMAN NUMERALS make mastering the fundamentals of the Roman numeral system both easy and fun.

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THE LETTERS OF THE ALPHABET

Dog Ear Publishing 2016

ABOUT THE BOOK
THE LETTERS OF THE ALPHABET tells an amusing story about a fight erupting among the letters of the English alphabet, during which each letter tries to point out its own superiority. In the process, the origins of many of the letters of the English alphabet are traced back over three thousand years to their roots in the ancient Middle East. The way the fight among the letters is finally resolved will bring a smile to any reader's face.

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LUCY AND THE SNOWMAN

Dog Ear Publishing 2016

ABOUT THE BOOK
LUCY AND THE SNOWMAN tells the story of a young girl who is lonely and, on a snowy day, when school has been canceled, plays alone in her back yard and builds a snowman. The snowman turns out to be a very special snowman, who can converse with Lucy and thus drive away her loneliness. When Lucy returns to school and tells her classmates about her conversation with the snowman, nobody seems to believe her. Ultimately Lucy realizes that what really matters is not whether others believe her, but rather what she herself knows in her heart to be true.

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THE WHIRLPOOL

Dog Ear Publishing 2016

ABOUT THE BOOK
THE WHIRLPOOL tells the story of two girls who go swimming in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Haifa, Israel, one summer day. Both girls are excellent swimmers, but that day one of them gets caught up in a whirlpool. About to drown, she desperately calls for her friend to rescue her. The loyalty and courage shown by that friend is sure to warm a reader's heart.

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IF I WERE RICH

Dog Ear Publishing 2016

ABOUT THE BOOK
IF I WERE RICH tells the story of a girl who fantasizes about what she would do if she became wealthy. She imagines various changes that she would make in her life if she were rich, but she finally decides that she is better off staying the way she is. Can you figure out why?

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IF I HAD THE POWER

Dog Ear Publishing 2016

ABOUT THE BOOK
IF I HAD THE POWER tells the story of a girl who, observing the many problems besetting the world, wonders how she would change the world if she had the power to do so. She imagines various changes that could be made to improve the world, and finally zeroes in on the most important change she would make if she could. Can you figure out what that change might be?

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WHAT WILL I BE?

Dog Ear Publishing 2016

ABOUT THE BOOK
WHAT WILL I BE? is the story of a young girl who wonders what profession she will choose when she grows up. She imagines being a sailor, an astronaut, a soldier, an archaeologist, a linguist, an architect, a landscaper, a fashion designer, a lab technician, an inventor, a doctor, a teacher, an artist, and a writer, and finally settles on one.

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MICHAEL AND THE FLAG

Dog Ear Publishing 2016

ABOUT THE BOOK
MICHAEL AND THE FLAG tells the story of a young boy whose grandfather, a veteran of World War II, has passed away. The boy remembers the war stories that his grandfather told him, and, after receiving an American flag from his grandmother, the boy dreams about searching in various war settings for his grandfather and for the flag his grandfather fought for. This book throws light on the symbolic significance of the American flag in America's wars as well as on the flag's vitality in the consciousness of Americans.

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MORE TALES OF HUMAN FOIBLES

Dog Ear Publishing 2015

ABOUT THE BOOK
MORE TALES OF HUMAN FOIBLES presents fifteen original short stories written in verse by author Judith Weinshall Liberman. The book is a companion to the author's TALES OF HUMAN FOIBLES. Each of the stories focuses on a different negative human characteristic and on its resulting behavior. The stories cover a range of human characteristics, including vanity, jealousy, gullibility, and narcissism. Through these stories, readers, young and old, will gain insight into human behavior, and will be inspired to avoid its pitfalls.

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The Girl And The Pigeons

Dog Ear Publishing September 2015

ABOUT THE BOOK
THE GIRL AND THE PIGEONS tells the story of a young girl who is taken by her mother to the park to feed the pigeons. However, when they get to the park and the girl tries to feed the pigeons, the pigeons avoid her. Although disappointed, the girl is eager to go back to the park the following day to try again. This time she is successful. The story suggests that the cause for failure is not always obvious, and that we should not give up but rather try again.

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In The Military Cemetery

Dog Ear Publishing August 2015

ABOUT THE BOOK
IN THE MILITARY CEMETERY tells the story of a young woman who goes to the military cemetery at night to lay a bouquet of flowers on her loved one's grave. Because of the dark, the young woman cannot locate the grave amidst the many soldiers' graves all around. Undeterred, she lays the flowers on an unknown soldier's grave, reminding us that all the soldiers buried in the military cemetery sacrificed their lives for us and thus they are all dear to us.

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Tales of Human Foibles

Dog Ear Publishing July 2015

ABOUT THE BOOK
TALES OF HUMAN FOIBLES presents fifteen original short stories written in verse by author Judith Weinshall Liberman. Each of these stories focuses on a different negative human characteristic and on its resulting behavior. The stories cover a range of human characteristics, including vanity, jealousy, mendacity, and narcissism. Through these stories, readers, young and old, will gain insight into human behavior, and will be inspired to avoid its pitfalls.

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A Parakeet For Eric

Dog Ear Publishing June 2015

ABOUT THE BOOK
A PARAKEET FOR ERIC tells the story of an insecure boy whose parakeet dies, unbeknown to him, soon after he acquires it. The boy's mother, who discovers the dead parakeet, is faced with the dilemma of whether she should let the boy find his parakeet dead when he returns from school, thus possibly adding to his feelings of insecurity, or whether she should secretly replace the parakeet with one that looks exactly like it, and have the boy take pride in the good care he has given his parakeet. The story of how the mother resolves this dilemma will raise in the mind of the reader, young or old, important questions about moral judgment.

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Twelve More Fables

Dog Ear Publishing April 2015

ABOUT THE BOOK
TWELVE MORE FABLES presents twelve original fables written by author Judith Weinshall Liberman. The book is a companion to the author's book FIFTEEN FABLES. Like Aesop's fables, each of these modern fables imparts an important moral. Most of the fables utilize animals as their subjects; others use people, or flora and fauna, or inanimate objects. The fables cover a range of human characteristics, including aggressiveness and vanity. Through these fables, readers, young and old, will gain insight into human behavior, and will be inspired to do their best.

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The Bird Who Went to Heaven

Dog Ear Publishing April 2015

ABOUT THE BOOK
THE BIRD WHO WENT TO HEAVEN tells the story of two children, a boy and his little sister, who find a dead bird in the forest. The children bury the bird where they find her and put a marker on top of her burial place, but, a few months later, when they return to the forest and dig around, looking for the dead bird, they cannot find her. The boy then suggests to his sister that perhaps the dead bird went to Heaven. The story will raise intriguing questions in the mind of the reader, young or old.

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Fifteen Fables

Dog Ear Publishing March 2015

ABOUT THE BOOK
FIFTEEN FABLES presents fifteen original fables written by author Judith Weinshall Liberman. Like Aesop's fables, each of these modern fables imparts an important moral. Most of the fables utilize animals as their subjects; others use people, or flora and fauna, or inanimate objects. The subjects of the fables cover a range of human characteristics, including aggressiveness and vanity. Through these fables, readers, young and old, will gain insight into human behavior, and will be inspired to do their best.

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The Little Songbird

Dog Ear Publishing February 2015

ABOUT THE BOOK
THE LITTLE SONGBIRD tells the story of a little bird living on a farm and feeling useless because while each of the other animals on the farm has a job to do, she does not. The little bird feels depressed. So one day, just to cheer herself up, the little bird begins to sing, and after seeing the positive reaction of all the other members of the farm to her beautiful singing, the bird feels that her job is to sing and that she has become a useful member of the community . THE LITTLE SONGBIRD will inspire readers to pursue their dreams and perhaps some day their effort will be appreciated by others.

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The Old Doll

Dog Ear Publishing December 2014

ABOUT THE BOOK
THE OLD DOLL tells the story of a doll, Aimee, who, because she is now old, disabled, and soiled, is rejected by Gertrude, the little girl who owns her. Gertrude's mother takes Aimee to the doll hospital to have her restored. Having undergone the appropriate procedures at the doll hospital, Aimee is now more attractive than ever. She is grateful to the hospital staff for all they did for her, and when Gertrude's mother refuses to pay for the work done, Aimee decides to stay at the hospital so she can be of help to dolls who may, in the future, come to the hospital and may need love and encouragement, as she did. The moral of THE OLD DOLL will not escape readers, young or old.

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The Tunnel

Dog Ear Publishing 2014

ABOUT THE BOOK
The story of THE TUNNEL was first published as a poem in Judith Weinshall Liberman's book REFLECTIONS: Poems, Lyrics, and Stories (with Laura Liberman, M.D., iUniverse, 2012). THE TUNNEL tells the story of a girl who, as a member of the Scouts, undertakes to go through a cave-like mountain tunnel. While trying to accomplish her task, the girl endures physical pain and is scared. However, she persists, and, in the end, she is proud of herself for her accomplishment. THE TUNNEL will inspire readers to put in their best effort in the face of apparent obstacles.

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The Mountain

Dog Ear Publishing August 21,2014

ABOUT THE BOOK
The story of THE MOUNTAIN was first published as a poem titled "SORE FEET" in Judith Weinshall Liberman's book PASSION: Poems of Love and Protest (iUniverse, 2013). THE MOUNTAIN tells the story of a boy who, with his scout troup, undertakes to climb a tall mountain. Due to various factors, the boy lags behind his mates. However, he persists, and although he reaches the mountain top after his mates have already done so and are on their way back, the boy feels special pride in his accomplishment. THE MOUNTAIN will inspire readers to put in their best effort despite apparent obstacles.

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The Bee and the Butterfly

Dog Ear Publishing August 5,2014

ABOUT THE BOOK
THE BEE AND THE BUTTERFLY is a fable about an encounter between a vain monarch butterfly and a modest, hard working honey bee. The butterfly spends his time flying about so he can show off his great beauty to the world. When he spots a bee busy at work sucking nectar from a flower so she can make honey out of it, the butterfly taunts the bee, urging her to quit her work and fly about. He goes so far as to insult the bee, but the bee ignores the butterfly and keeps doing her work. The moral of the story is sure to touch young and old alike.

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The Giant House

Dog Ear Publishing June 27,2014

ABOUT THE BOOK
THE GIANT HOUSE tells the story of an architect who sets out to plan a house that will fit a big man. The architect labors for years on designing the house and on getting it built, but when he is done, he cannot find a man who is big enough to occupy such a big house. The poem on which this book is based was written by Judith Weinshall Liberman in the 1950s and published under the title of HOUSE TO LET in her book REFLECTIONS (iUniverse, 2012, with Laura Liberman, M.D.). The story of THE GIANT HOUSE symbolizes the discrepancy between man's dreams and reality.

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Angel's Puppies

Dog Ear Publishing 2014

ABOUT THE BOOK
ANGEL'S PUPPIES tells the story of a young girl , Lisa, who is quite lonely because her parents are away on a long trip, leaving her in the care of a housekeeper, Bertha. Lisa's main companion is Angel, a black mutt. Bertha resents the fact that, in addition to having to do the household chores, she also has to take care of a dog. Bertha becomes especially angry when Angel becomes pregnant and gives birth to three puppies. Bertha wants Lisa to get rid of the puppies, and she is not satisfied until Lisa promises to give the puppies away as soon as they are old enough. When the time comes, Lisa gives the puppies as a gift to solders at a nearby army camp, where she and Angel can visit them frequently. The story is a fictionalized version of an experience the author underwent while growing up in Israel (then called "Palestine") during World War II.

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Haifa: My Home Town

Dog Ear Publishing 2014

ABOUT THE BOOK
In 2013, Judith Weinshall Liberman wrote a poem about her native city of Haifa, Israel, and published it in her book PASSION : Poems of Love and Protest (iUniverse, 2013). Although many decades had passed since she left Haifa and settled in the United States, her memories of her native city remained vivid and her love for old Haifa was unabated. It was for this reason that she conceived the idea of making her poem about Haifa the basis for a picture book that would convey to the reader, young or old, her memories of a magical past. The touching story and the glorious illustrations are sure to awaken in the reader a longing for all that was good in a world gone by.

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The Very Old Painter and Her Husband

Dog Ear Publishing 2014

ABOUT THE BOOK
Judith Weinshall Liberman wrote THE VERY OLD PAINTER AND HER HUSBAND in the 1990s, but it was not until 2012 that she first published the story. In 2013, she decided to publish the story as a picture book. The book tells the tale of a woman artist who expresses her feelings about the human condition through her paintings, and of her devoted husband, who appreciates the importance of her artworks. The husband tries to bring his wife's art to the attention of others, but his efforts are unsuccessful. It is only after the painter's death, as the public becomes aware of the monetary value of her art, that interest in her paintings becomes widespread. The husband's reaction to the public's sudden interest in the painter's artworks provides a surprise ending.

Since THE VERY OLD PAINTER AND HER HUSBAND is semi-autobiographical, it was clear to both the author and the illustrator, Gail Davis, that it would be important to feature the author's own paintings as part of the illustrations, and thus introduce readers to Judith Weinshall Liberman's art. Ms. Davis' illustrations for THE VERY OLD PAINTER AND HER HUSBAND skillfully integrate the author's paintings into the illustrations.

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Color In Our World

Dog Ear Publishing 2014

ABOUT THE BOOK
This book presents spectacular color photographs, each appearing side by side with its desaturated, gray version, thus demonstrating in a clear visual form the richness that color contributes to our universe. The story-poem that connects the photographs in this book is based on a lyric that Judith Weinshall Liberman wrote for her musical play TO BE AN ARTIST, which was published in her book ON BEING AN ARTIST: Three Plays and a Libretto (iUniverse, 2012). The musical includes an encounter between Judith, herself a visual artist, and the noted artist Vincent van Gogh, during which van Gogh sings a hymn to color while conjuring up a dull world that is all gray. This book is a visual presentation of van Gogh's – and the author's - hymn to color in our world.

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The Little Fairy

ABOUT THE BOOK
Judith Weinshall Liberman wrote THE LITTLE FAIRY in the early 1980s, but it was not until 2012 that she first published the story. This she did in her book REFLECTIONS: Poems, Lyrics, and Stories, an anthology created in collaboration with her daughter, Dr. Laura Liberman. THE LITTLE FAIRY tells the story of a little boy, Jonathan, who has some endearing qualities: He loves books, and he believes in magic. Using one of his magic tricks to select a book at the library, he is surprised - and delighted - to see a live little fairy emerging from the book. Taking the book home, he hopes to spend quality time getting to know the little fairy, but the reaction of members of his family frustrates his plans. Yet, as if by magic, the story has a surprise happy ending.

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Ice Cream Snow

ABOUT THE BOOK
Judith Weinshall Liberman wrote and illustrated ICE CREAM SNOW in 1996, but it was not until 2012 that she decided to publish the story and illustrations as a book.

ICE CREAM SNOW is written in rhyming verse to convey the fast rhythmic pace of the story. Tissue paper collage was selected for the illustrations because the transparency and vibrant colors of the medium help to express the enchantment of the narrative.

ICE CREAM SNOW tells the story of two young brothers, Marty and Ben, who discover one night that it is snowing, except that the falling snow consists of colorful balls of ice cream. Needless to say, the brothers are eager to eat as much of this manna as possible, and to preserve the rest for later consumption. The interactions between the two brothers and the surprise ending add an exciting dimension to this imaginative tale.

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The Bird's Last Song

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ABOUT THE BOOK
This book was written by Judith Liberman and illustrated by her with black-and-white woodcuts in the mid- 1970s. It was published by Addison-Wesley in 1976 and was reproduced in REFLECTIONS: Poems, Lyrics, and Stories (Judith Weinshall Liberman and Laura Liberman., M.D., iUniverse, 2012).

The book tells the story of an old bird who is too sick to fly south for the winter. The old bird remembers the time when he was returning from his first winter journey with his father, and, as they landed, they heard the sound of music. He had then asked his father where the music was coming from, and his father had replied, "These are the frozen sounds of dying birds, each bird's last song thawing in the spring sun." So now, left alone in the dead of winter, the old bird opens his beak and chirps. No living creature can hear his song, but he keeps on singing until he falls dead, his beak frozen open. And when the other birds return from their journey in the spring, the old bird's song is in the air. A little bird asks his father, "Where does that beautiful music come from?" And the little bird's father replies, "These are the frozen sounds of a dying bird, his last song, thawing in the spring sun."

Shortly after its publication, THE BIRD'S LAST SONG won a citation as "one of the fabulous books of the year."

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