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Lon-Lon's Big Night
By Miri Leshem-Pelly
Illustrations by Miri Leshem-Pelly
English - Hebrew Bilingual Edition
Milk & Honey Press, 2006
ISBN: 978-0-9790656-2-0

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Reviewed by Anna Dogole - October 24, 2011

Lon-Lon is a sand fox, who lives in the Negev desert in Israel. As the story opens, he is finally old enough to be allowed out of the family's burrow for the very first time. Lon-Lon finds the world outside the burrow to be one filled with wonders, but as he is soon to discover, there are dangers 'out there' as well. Sand foxes are nocturnal, which is why Lon-Lon's first adventure outside the burrow takes place at night.

Full of life and with a playful spirit, the first thing that Lon-Lon does is run after a jerboa, who doesn't understand that all Lon-Lon wants to do is play. The jerboa, fearful that Lon-Lon wants to eat him, runs away - and Lon-Lon follows. Before he knows it, Lon-Lon is lost! But luckily he meets a desert hedgehog named Hogo who helps Lon-Lon find his way home. However, before reaching his home, Lon-Lon also meets a long-eared bat, a rocks hyrax, and most fearful of all, an eagle owl! Lon-Lon's Big Night not only provides youngsters with a wonderful story, but also introduces them to the wildlife of the Negev, as all the animals mentioned in this story live in the Negev desert.

Published by Milk & Honey Press, Lon-Lon's Big Night is a bilingual book. It was originally written in Hebrew by Miri Leshem-Pelly, and this edition contains not only the original Hebrew text, but also an engaging English translation. This book is an ideal read-out-loud book, as well as a wonderful book for young readers of both English and Hebrew. This book is intended to help introduce english-speaking readers to the land of Israel and to cultivate a life long attachment to Israel and her people.

Lon-Lon's Big Night was written and illustrated by Miri Leshem-Pelly, who lives in Hadera, Israel. The story is delightful to read, and kids will love following along with the story and looking at Leshem-Pelly's illustrations. The story is a reminder to all youngsters not to wonder off, as well as a splendid adventure tale that will enthrall the under eights. Throughout, her illustrations feature rich tones of orange, yellow, and brown which are evocative of the desert bathed in moonlight. You can learn more about Leshem-Pelly and her many nature inspired books on her website, located at:

Lon-Lon's Big Night is one of three children's books currently being offered by the Milk and Honey Press. All three books are bilingual - with text in both English and Hebrew, and all three books are geared toward children ages 2-8. You can also find, on the Milk & Honey website, a wealth of resources for teachers and parents, including curriculum guides keyed to these books.

Milk and Honey Press books are distributed by, and can be ordered online from, EKS Publishing Company.

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