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16 October 2018 - 8 Heshvan 5779 - ח' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט
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Artist and illustrator Hadassah Mariadas brings new meaning to Psalm 121 E-mail

A new childrens illustrated book The Song of Ascent: Psalm 121 has been launched from a Singapore based artist and educator in an international School in Singapore.

Hadassah Mariadas was inspired by the Psalm 121 written by King David and wants to reach out to young children about the wisdom of the words and the deepr meaning of the text. Her richly illustrated picture book tells a story within the framework of Psalm 121 of a teddy bear which gets blown away from lavender field in Devonshire, England, travels miles ends up finding a home in Israel. She goes through a myriad of emotions as life throws her into unexpected circumstances that were both beguiling and unpleasant. The little teddy with her balloon eventually overcomes all situations with God’s help in finding a place in a family.

Haddasah’s illustrated book intends to capture the attention span of a young child in order for them to learn something from a story. “Characters in Children’s literature are important to keep them engaged. I chose a Teddy bear with a balloon as my main character partly because every child could relate to this bundle of fluff, the fur, the sweet face and the sentimental value which accompanies each teddy bear. A balloon is an extraordinary object to most children as they float and fly away,” she explains.

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