We were billeted by local families. I remember staying with a family with many kids. I befriended the five year old (my emotional age, I guess), who asked me what I do. "I grow bacteria at the university I told him". He asked me what bacteria are, and I promised to write him a book on what they are".
Indeed upon our return to Tel Aviv (the terrorists did not show up that weekend, to our relief), I sat down and wrote (and even illustrated!) a book called "What is a bacterium?". I still have it somewhere on file (and we are talking about 1975 here). By the time I finished it, I couldn't remember the name of the kid, his family, or where they lived. So the book sat in a file for twenty years.
In the interim, I continued to write my stories in English and Hebrew, including an allegory to the Tower of Babel story, and a story on what pianos are for. I tried to get them published, but they ended up gathering dust as well.
Univeristy press (Ramot) in 1996 (and subsequently in English and Arabic, as well). The Hebrew version has gone through three printings.
friend, the late, great actor Dudu Dotan starred (again for love, not money; it was to be his last film) as the ugly-toothed witch.
well, I'm tickled pink!
"I have so many books to write,
I'll NEVER get to sleep tonight."