I get weekly request to do book reviews.  Here is a book  that was translated from Hebrew into English.  It is a great read. 


Young children have impressionable minds; that is why it is important to expose them to well written and inspirational books. After reading Noa Nimrodi’s Birds Can Fly and So Can I, I immediately thought of the positive impact the story can have on young minds.

The book invites children to dare to dream. It is a book young and old will enjoy reading.

The message is clear and simple: Never give up on your dream. If you do not try than you will never know whether you can. It is a book that gives hope to those that want to achieve their cherished goals.

Young and old can learn that we all have hidden talents and we must be willing to take the necessary steps to put them to use.

The book has a lot of powerful hidden messages. Here are a few that stand out:

  • Being different is okay: Even though a giraffe is physically different from birds, he is still able to realize his biggest wish by taking flight just like the birds. The lesson to be learned is that young children comes in all different sizes, shapes and colors and they too can learn to have confidence to accomplish that which they desire the most.


  • The joy of supporting others: I love the way all the birds and other animals rally around Giraffe to give him a grand applause.


  • Making Friends: Often times, children have difficult time learning how to get along with others. This imaginative and creative story can be used to teach children the value of making friends with other children who may not look like them.

The fine illustrations by Tamir Lichtenberg make the story jump off the page.

Read more:



 “At twilight with a blowing breeze

Giraffe strolls through a forest of trees

She lifts her eyes and gazes high

She sees some birds take to the sky

Giraffe is left without a word

As she observes each pretty bird

She knows right then how she would love

To float and fly … so far above”

 Birds Can Fly and So Can I is a charming and engaging book about the joy of dreaming and the thrill of achieving cherished goals. With endearing rhyme and spectacular illustrations, this book captivates its readers as they watch adorable animal buddies “clap with glee and chirp with praise” in support of Giraffe’s dream to take flight. Birds Can Fly uses stunning artwork and witty verse to deliver its message about developing undiscovered talents. With innocence and appeal, it teaches children to stretch themselves to reach new heights … and to cheer others on as they do the same. (Age 3+)

About the Author: Noa Nimrodi was born in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the author of the popular 2004 Hebrew version of Birds Can Fly and So Can I and the author and illustrator of The Hedgehog that Wanted Pretzels, which sold successfully in Israel through several editions. In addition to writing and illustrating children’s books, Noa is a thriving designer, artist, metalsmith, and mom. In 2009 she relocated to California where she lives with her husband and three children. You can look forward to more enchanting children’s books by Noa Nimrodi. Visit her Web site at

About the Illustrator: Tamir Lichtenberg was born in Petah-Tiqva, Israel. He graduated with a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art, Jesusalem. Tamir has held four successful solo exhibitions of his work, and many more group exhibitions. His artistic talent has won him five awards from the Bezalel Academy, the Janco-Dada Museum, and the Israel Ministry of Culture. Because Tamir and Noa are cousins, they share many childhood memories. One of Tamir’s fondest recollections is of Noa teaching him how to draw the same chicks that now appear in Birds Can Fly and So Can I.
Visit Noa’s Web site at


8 responses to this post.

  1. The interpreter must be good since the selection you quoted has good rhyme and meter in English.


  2. Janet,

    yes! The individual did an outstanding job with the translation. Translation is not easy. Thanks for stopping by.



  3. This sounds like a great book with a wonderful message. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Hi Cheryl,

    Yes! It is a very good book.Thanks for stopping by.



  5. Posted by thedarkphantom on May 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    This sounds like such a cute, delightful story!Thanks for the review, Nicole!


  6. Nicole,
    Your guest sounds like a multi-talented person; thanks for introducing her to us.

    Ni Noa,
    Thanks for sharing some of your life’s story with us.


  7. What a great interview! Even though it can be hard I’m sure, being so strongly rooted in two cultures is also a very rewarding and enriching experience.


  8. Posted by Susan Hornbach on May 19, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    This is a wonderful interview. Thank you Noa for sharing your interesting life with us. Wishing you great success with your writing.


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