The people of Chelm loved to go outside and walk around, especially on moon-lit nights. Why especially on moon-lit nights?
'Because the streets of Chelm were full of mud and there were no streetlights. And when the road is full of mud, and there are obstacles in the way and no lamps to light up the darkness, it's nice when the moon is shining and you can see where you're going'
Jewish folklore of Eastern Europe celebrates a mythical town of Chelm. The town, supposed to be somewhere in Poland, was supposed to be populated by notoriously stupid residents.
There are numerous tales of their idiotic exploits and the most famous is the story the story of the people of Chelm and the moon.
The people of Chelm would go outside at night and admire the moon. Indeed, they loved the sight of the moon so much they were always frustrated they could not see it every night. They decided the best course of action would be to capture the moon in a barrel so they could gaze upon it whenever they chose.
Shlomo Abbas retells the story with a perfect comic touch and Omer Hoffmann llustrates the tale beautifully.
About the Author
Shlomo Abas, born 1948, is one of the leading children's writers in Israel. He started writing children's literature at the age of 29. To date, he has published 164 books, of which 43 are his original work as children's books, while the other 121 books are fables, folktales, and legends which he has collected, compiled and edited. A majority of those deal with Jewish folklore and culture in all its diverse communities. Many of his books have become bestsellers.
About the Illustrator
Omer Hoffmann is an Israeli illustrator. His diverse body of work includes illustrations for newspapers, children's books and comics worldwide. Omer's illustrations were selected for the Hans Christian Andersen Illustration Honour List 2016 for the book: Hardil lo ragill. He lives in Givatayim with his wife and their two children.