Nuri and the Whale by Ronit Chacham

Nuri and the Whale by Ronit Chacham

Illustrator: Moran Yogev

Every day young Nuri makes his way to the sea shore to eat some bread and throw a piece into the waves. He does so because his father told him to “cast your bread on the water”. Even though Nuri can’t remember the second part of that beloved saying, but he follows his father’s advice and generously feeds the fish in the sea.

One day, Nuri slips and falls into the water where he meets the fish he had been feeding. As Nuri marvels at the treasures hidden beneath the waves, the fish takes him to the bottom of the sea. There, Nuri meets Whisewhale, the King of the Sea. Wisewhale teaches him something important about the saying his father passed on to him all those years ago. This will change Nuri’s life forever, he just doesn’t know it yet.

Told in beautiful prose, this heartfelt story is inspired by the Hebrew Bible verse, “Cast your bread on the water, and one day it will come back to you.” – Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) 11:1. Through moving and uplifting encounters, Nuri teaches readers the value of kindness and the importance of being generous even when you don’t have much yourself.

This is a simple message that has a big impact as we see Nuri grow to become surrounded by the love that blossomed as a result of his generosity. Accompanied by magical and colorful illustrations that bring the characters to life, young readers will be captivated by the illustrator’s unique style. The perfect bedtime story for 4 to 8 year olds.

Year first published: 2022

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