The Dog of Knots

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In Haifa, Israel at the onset of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, nine-year-old Mayim struggles to find her voice amidst the tumult of war. Having lost her father in the Six Day War, she seeks courage from her mother, from her great aunt, from the woman across the street, and from an ancient stray dog. She finds, instead, that it is they who need courage from her.

In Haifa, Israel at the onset of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, nine-year-old Mayim struggles with questions about her...

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Overview

In Haifa, Israel at the onset of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, nine-year-old Mayim struggles to find her voice amidst the tumult of war. Having lost her father in the Six Day War, she seeks courage from her mother, from her great aunt, from the woman across the street, and from an ancient stray dog. She finds, instead, that it is they who need courage from her.

In Haifa, Israel at the onset of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, nine-year-old Mayim struggles with questions about her future, particularly mandatory service in the Israeli army, but finds comfort in friends, relatives, and a very old, stray dog with no name.

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Editorial Reviews

Sue Bradford Edwards
Mayim struggles with doing right versus staying safe. In Haifa, Mayim befriends a stray dog that lives in the wadi. When the 1973 Yom Kippur War breaks out, Mayim must brave the dangers around her to save the dog from his own fear, starvation and possibly the fighting itself. Author Kathy Walden Kaplan brings readers 9-12 a touching story of friendship, political turmoil and hope.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 21, 2004
Vicki Arkoff
A poignant first novel from a talented new author.
Midwest Book Review, June 2004
Children's Literature
Who is this dog with knots of rosy-beige fur and a bit of white around his mouth? He has been in Haifa, Israel, for as long as anyone can remember and no one knows his real name. This mystery, along with that of the Israeli wars, puzzles nine-year-old Mayim with the blonde ringlets. She lost her father in the Six Day War when she was not yet two. She had to leave her grandfather and her best friend, Yuri, back in Jerusalem. Now in 1973, Mayim has learned to adapt to living on Mount Carmel above the Mediterranean coast. While her mother teaches chemistry at Technion Institute, Mayim attends school and makes her rounds much like the dog Knotty, as she calls him. Her friends are older folks, such as the Palestinian vegetable and fruit seller Mr. Saludi, the Russian refugee Mrs. Koslovsky, or the butcher Chaim. She learns a lot from them and gives them support in return. When the Yom Kippur War breaks out, Mayim and Knotty are tested and "remember" who they really are. So the knots of the story are more than curly hair: they include the puzzles of war, of interrelationships, and of knowing oneself. The historical novel is simply told, but has an almost imperceptible depth for either a child or an adult. A glossary with names of places, special dishes, and other words of the region helps introduce the reader to this unique spot in the Middle East. 2004, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Ages 9 up.
—Carol Raker Collins, Ph.D.
Sue Bradford Edwards
"...a touching story of friendship, political turmoil, and hope." St. Louis Post- Dispatch
Carol Raker Collins
"The knots of this story...include the puzzles of war, of interrelationships, and of knowing oneself." --Children's Literature
Shelli Feit
"...a beautifully written first novel..." --Association of Jewish Libraries
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879571075
  • Publisher: Librado Press/MAB Books
  • Publication date: 6/17/2012
  • Pages: 110
  • Age range: 1 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathy Walden Kaplan is a writer and a naturalist living in Reston, Virginia where she writes poetry and children’s books. She is also a printmaker and a sculptor and designed the bronze relief for the September 11 Memorial at Freedom Grove in Reston. Visit her blog at www.KathyWaldenKaplan.blogspot.com
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