Ayin Hillel

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Ayin Hillel (Hebrew: ע. הלל‎‎) was the pen name of Hillel Omer (4 August 1926 - 30 June 1990, Hebrew: הלל עומר‎‎), an Israeli poet and children's author.[1]

Biography[edit]

Hillel Omer was born in Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek in the Jezreel Valley. His father changed his surname, Kotovitz, to Ogni (עוגני). He fought in the Palmach during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. From 1954 to 1969 he was a chief landscape designer of Jerusalem.

His poem, Hanesher (The Vulture), is written in Biblical Hebrew, but expresses the doubts and disillusions of the twentieth century.

Awards[edit]

Ayin Hillel won the Fichman Prize and the 1976 Andersen Honor Citation.[2]

Published works[edit]

Omer's work has been translated into English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Spanish, and Russian. Among his most famous compositions are "Why Does the Zebra Wear Pajamas" (1959) and "Uncle Simcha" (1964).[3]

Poetry[edit]

  • The Noon Country, Sifriat Poalim, 1950 [Eretz Ha-Tzohorayim]
  • Nisra, The Author, 1962 [Nisra]
  • Hunting Madness, Am Oved, 1964 [Teruf Toref]
  • Eulogy, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1973 [Hodayah]
  • Speak, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1980 [Dabri]
  • Joseph and Potiphar's Wife, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1982 [Yossef Ve-Eshet Potifar]
  • Until Now, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1983 [Ad Co]
  • Blue and Thorns, Sifriat Poalim, 1987 [Tchelet Ve-Kotzim]
  • Holon's Fables, Sifriat Poalim, 1991 [Mishlei Holon]

Children's books[edit]

  • Why Does the Zebra Wear Pajamas?, Sifriat Poalim, 1959 [Lama Loveshet Ha-Zebra Pijama]
  • Abroad, Abroad!, Sifriat Poalim, 1960 [Hutz La-Aretz, Hutz La-Aretz]
  • Nobody Can See Me, Massada, 1967 [Oti Lir'ot Af Ehad Lo Iachol]
  • Uncle Simcha, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1969/99 [Dodi Simha]
  • I'm a Warbler, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1970 [Ani Pashosh]
  • Good Morning, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1971 [Boker Tov]
  • Bulbul, Why?, Massada, 1972 [Bulbul, Lama Kacha?]
  • Birdie, Birdie, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1973 [Rom Tziporim Tziporim Tzip]
  • Giraffe in Blue Jeans, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1976 [Giraf Be-Jeans Kahol]
  • Uncle Simcha's Voice, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1976 [Kol Dodi Simha]
  • How Are You Mrs. Ladybird, Am Oved, 1977 [Shalom Lach Para Moshe Rabenu]
  • From Fly To Elephant, Keter, 1977 [Mi-Zvuv Ve-Ad Pil]
  • A Story About Cats, Keter, 1977 [Ma'ase Be-Hatulim]
  • Yossi, Smart Child of Mine, Massada, 1978 [Yossi Yeled Sheli Mutzlah]
  • Unbelievable, Ministry of Education, 1978 [Lo Yeuman]
  • When Uncle Simcha Sings, Zionist Confederation, 1984 [Ke-She Dod Simha Shar]
  • I'm a Warbler, Certainly and Maybe, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1987 [Ani Pashosh Betah Ve-Ulai]
  • The Book of Scribble-songs, R. Sirkis, 1988 [Sefer Ha-Kishkushirim]
  • A Cloud in My Hand, Sifriat Poalim, 1989 [Anan Ba-Yad]
  • It Happened to a Fawn, Kinneret, 1989 [Ma'ase Be-Ofer Ayalim]
  • Ayin Hillel's Big Book, Am Oved, 1992 [Ha-Sefer Ha-Gadol Shel Ayin Hillel]
  • A Kibbutz Adventure, London, F. Warne, 1963

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Every word a precious stone, Haaretz
  2. ^ Ayin Hillel Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. at the Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature, accessed October 6, 2007
  3. ^ Every word a precious stone, Haaretz