Posted by Kar-Ben Editors on 1/9/2019 to Meet a Kar-Ben Author
This is a story of radical hope. Yuvi’s Candy Tree (Kar-Ben Books 2011) is a children’s picture book written by Canadian writer Lesley Simpson. The book was inspired by Yuvi Tashome, who as a five year old girl, outwitted robbers in her exodus from Ethiopia to a Sudanese refugee camp. The book grew out of an interview Simpson, a Canadian journalist and children’s book writer (lesleysimpson.ca) requested with Yuvi Tashome when she was in North America in 2009, raising awareness and money for the NGO she founded in Israel called Friends by Nature. When Simpson heard Tashome describe her Biblical-like exodus, it felt to her as if the Haggadah was coming alive before her eyes. She imagined a picture book and then wrote Yuvi’s Candy Tree.