Fast Asleep in a Little Village in Israel

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Kukurikuuuu! squawks the rooster. Meoowowwwwww! yowls the cat. ZZZZZzzzzzzz,

buzzes the mosquito . . .

It is the end of a hot, dry summer, and Mrs. Strauss just can’t fall asleep. “Sheket! Quiet!”  she tells the animals.

At last she falls asleep, only to be woken up again by something her little village in Israel has been waiting for all summer long . . . the sound of much-needed rain.

Told with humor and quiet warmth, this story perfectly captures the sights and sounds of a small town in Israel, and the joy that comes with the country’s first winter rains.