HEY, NEMALA! [Hebrew]
Weight: 1.00 kilograms
HEY, NEMALA! [Hebrew]
by Philip and Hannah Hoose
Illustrated by Debbie Tilley
Hebrew edition of Hey, Little Ant
Hardcover, 30 pages
"Hey, little ant down in the crack, can you see me? Can you talk back? See my shoe can you see that? Well, now it's gonna squish you flat." So begins a conversation between a young child and the ant trembling in the shadow of his sneaker. This playful story raises questions about ethics and peer pressure, encouraging the very youngest citizens to decide for themselves: to squish . . . or not to squish?
* 1999 Honor Book, Jane Addams Peace Association.
* Worldwide recognition as a tool for teaching tolerance.
* Printed in eight languages.
In 1992, Phillip Hoose and his daughter Hannah, then nine, wrote a musical conversation between an ant about to get flattened and the child about to squish it. It ended with the question, "What do you think that kid should do?" Their popular recording of the song "Hey Little Ant" led to the story's publication as a children's picture book in 1998, which has become a runaway success. Now the ant and the child -- and their shared dilemma -- are known by parents, children and educators throughout the world.
Phillip Hoose is the author of five books, including the Christopher Award winning, "It's Our World, Too!" For more than twenty years he has been a staff member of The Nature Conservancy, working to protect habitats of endangered species-- including ants. He is a founding member of the Children's Music Network and a performing musician.
Hannah Hoose is an actress, dancer, keyboardist and student in Portland, Maine. She has appeared in many productions for the Children's Theater of Maine. Hannah was nine when she and her father wrote, "Hey, Little Ant." In performance, she is the child who raises her foot up over her insect father. "Hey, Little Ant" is her first book.
Debbie Tilley is the illustrator of Spaghetti and Meatballs for All, Oops: The Manners Guide for Girls, and many other books.
Praise for Hey, Little Ant:
"I only wish that the Hooses had written it sooner so I could have shared it with my children when they were growing up."
-Senator Joseph Lieberman, Democratic Vice-Presidential Nominee
"What a great book! Phil Hoose and his daughter Hannah are carrying on the tradition of Dr. Suess."
"...To squish or not to squish! The kids just ate it up. We had quite the debate in our classroom!"
-a third-grade teacher from Glen Ellyn, Illinois
"As a counselor, I use HEY, LITTLE ANT to teach middle schoolers how to deal with the people who are bullies in their lives--the people who might bite them with their words or try to poison them with their actions. It works just as well for pre-teens as for younger children. HEY, LITTLE ANT is as powerful a teaching tool as I've seen."
-Barbara Gruener, Jamison Middle School, Pearland, TX
Teaching Tolerance Magazine
Click here to visit the webpage where you may download the Hey N'mala Teacher's Guide in Hebrew.
Note: The guide can be printed back-to-back, or on 2 separate sheets placed back to back, and then should be folded in half twice to make a pamphlet.
Praise for Hey, Nemala!:
How many times has each of us looked down at the sidewalk or ground and seen an ant going about her work to survive? Hey Nemalah! is a Hebrew language version of the picture book Hey, Little Ant! (Tricycle Press, 1998) that dramatizes a conversation between a big boy, yeled and a tiny ant, nemaIah, just as the boy is about to raise his large foot to stamp on the ant. This is what boys do...or is it? Before he stamps on tiny Nemalah, Yeled gives a warning in Hebrew
Hey little ant. What's going on?
Do you hear me? Can you answer?
I have a shoe that can stamp on you.
One, two, and you'll be squashed.
Any Hebrew-reading child who opens the book will immediately begin reading the story, if not in words, in the full color illustrations, which are large, sketchy and full of comic charm. To view the pictures of the boy, who is gigantically tall compared to the ant, you have to rotate the horizontal book, and make it vertical. The cover shows a close-up of Yeled's eyes, peering at Nemalah through his huge glasses. Both adults and children will be drawn to this unusual combination of amusing pictures and a serious, life-or-death story. The idiomatic Hebrew is legibly hand written: in capitals, not cursive. The reading level is 2nd or 3rd grade for American children who are learning Hebrew in a day school or a congregational school, and ages 5 and up for children who are native Hebrew speakers. Adults, ready for the challenge of a serious question, and perhaps a new way of thinking about the lives of ants and other living creatures, will enjoy this book along with children. Highly recommended for storytelling and for reading aloud. Every Hebrew classroom teacher could use a copy. A teacher's guide is available online in both English and in Hebrew. Librarians, put this new Hebrew picture book on the top of your Acquisition list. Ages 5-9.
Jewish Book World
"...an entertaining and amusing discussion...through which children will learn about respect for all living things, standing up to peer pressure, and alternatives to violence."
Now available in Israel in Hebrew translation, this is a story in rhyme about a boy's moral argument with an ant he wants to squash. At first, the little boy can't see why he should spare the ant's life, but then the ant points out that, like the boy, he has a home, family and society that need him. The boy tells the ant that ant-squishing is the cool thing to do: "But all my friends squish ants all day... They all say I should squish you."
The back-and-forth argument is accompanied by bright drawings that humanize the ant and his community, even trying to justify the species' penchant for stealing picnic food. The rhyme ends with the boy about to decide whether or not to squash his counterpart, and asks the readers to make the judgment call: "What do you think that kid should do?"
"A rhyming conversation between a "giant" boy and the "tiny" ant who happens to cross his path...with wonderful illustrations that themselves emphasize the conflict between large and small.... The book is enjoyable and entertaining, and also stimulates reflection on more serious topics."
Click here to go to the full review.
-Bein haTziltzulim website of the Center for Educational Technology and the Israel Teacher's Union
Why shouldn't a big boy with strong sneakers crush an ant if that's what he wants to do?
Well, the ant has several compelling ideas about that. None of them favor his immediate demise.
Urim Publications (Israel) has released a captivating children's story entitled Hey, Little Ant! in 1998. Written in Hebrew, the title reads, "Hay, Nemalah!" Authors Phillip and Hannah Hoose succeeded with eloquent phrasing suited for elementary school students. Debbie Tilley's illustrations enhance the book's perspective, humor and drama welcoming readers to "drop in" (and way down) to specific scenes and see them from the mindset of particular characters.
The dialogue between Bully Boy and Little Ant is easy to understand, even if you speak only a rudimentary Hebrew. It might even advance your vocabulary. The context is simple, the pictures clearly illustrate the conversation, and the vowelization keeps things simple. Anyone not skilled at reading Hebrew without vowels can rest assured that they need not stutter with this fairy tale.
A colorful hardcover only 26 pages long, adults and young listeners will have fun turning the lap-sized book around in order to view various scenes better. Aliyah-minded parents eager to coax children into developing Hebrew literacy and speaking skills will find "Hey, Nemalah" a delightful resource.
The cliffhanger of an ending will provoke discussions, re-readings, and goal-directed, vocabulary-rich thought for all concerned. And it's a natural launching pad for relevant halachic discussions about causing needless pain and suffering.
Now what could be better in a piece of literature?
The Jewish Press
Gigantic boy Yeled and tiny ant Nemalah engage in a playful conversation. Should Yeled squish the ant, or not? Fabulous caricatures will enhance a lively discussion on bullying and tolerance. (ages 3-9)
Jewish Family Times