Lea Thorbecke developed the theme of this wonderful fable as a form of conflict resolution, while working with young children as a special education teacher. As an educator, first in Israel and later in Switzerland and the USA, it was always a priority to limit discord and friction. The story in this wonderful little book is a fable set on the shores of a lake surrounded by forests. There are twenty-two animals, attributed with human character, trying to discover a better way to live together without conflict. Yes, they are looking for Utopia, and while on this journey they talk about the problems they encounter and how they might be solved. The discussions are intended to prompt young readers to think about their attitude to others and relationships with friends and family. There are many humorous episodes and the events are beautifully illustrated. Once engrossed in chapter one, children and also many adults will t be able to resist the temptation to read this book to its peaceful END.
Born 1943 in Tel-Aviv, Lea Thorbecke was educated as a special education Teacher in Israel and Switzerland. She is the recipient of a number of awards, among others the Itzhak Rabin, Teacher of Excellence 2000. She is an inspired writer, whose children's stories touch on the essence of the child's imagination. She currently resides and teaches in the USA.