Through this adventure of a little sandfox who wanders too far from his Negev dessert home, readers are introduced to a hedgehog, a jerboa, a long-eared bat, an eagle owl, and a hyrax. The book is written in both English and Hebrew on the same page. Lon-Lon becomes a little wiser to the ways of the outside world through contact with the other animals. He learns the “outside world” is not such a friendly place, when a menacing owl swoops down to catch and perhaps devour him as he narrowly escapes into a gap in a rock. He meets a friendly and helpful hydrax who compliments him for his escape technique and helps him locate his burrow by the acacia tree and reunite with his worried mother, his loving father, and his brother and sister who want to know all about his adventures in the “outside world.” Lon- Lon will tell his tale, only after he has gone to sleep for the rest of the day. This book was read in both languages to a class of 5‑year-olds with a very positive reception. The ten children in the class were totally enthralled by the story. The English speakers listened to the Hebrew, as well, and vice-versa for the Hebrew-speaking students. The soft, pencil illustrations are lovely and beautifully depict the desert scenery. However, a map of Israel and an end-note providing additional information about the wildlife of the Negev desert would have added value. For ages 4 – 7.
Elaine Harris has been a pre-school teacher at South Peninsula Hebrew Day School in Sunnyvale, CA for 15 years.