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Israeli Music – Children’s Songs on new stamps

Israeli Music – Children’s Songs on new stamps
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As Hebrew culture began to flourish anew and the People of Israel returned to their homeland, children’s songs served as a crucial means to instill language and common values. This stamp series includes a dozen well known children’s songs that are sung by all and passed from one generation to the next. Songs about nature and animals, time and space, family, pain and hope.

These songs have been published in books, numerous versions have been recorded by Israel's finest artists and to this day they continue to be played on radio and television and in the theater. But most of all, these songs have been preserved thanks to preschool and kindergarten teachers.

The children's songs are an important part of Israeli music and they provide insight into the world of Israel's children.

Merry Choir: this happy and optimistic song describes a concert performed by a bird orchestra.

I Am Always Me: This is an enchanting song about a world of contradictions, at the center of which is a boy who always remains himself. This song is identified with play songs and word games.

A Brave Clock: This song about a vigorous clock was based on a foreign-language poem.

What Do the Does Do?: This song bears the name of a children's book written by poet Leah Goldberg, Israel Prize recipient for literature in 1970.

I Wanted You to Know: This song participated in the 1977 Children's Song Festival, as the dream of peace between Israel and Egypt became a reality. Although it did not win the competition, the song has become timeless.

Buba Zehava (Doll): this song was written by the poet Miriam Yalan-Shteklis, Israel Prize recipient for children's literature 1956.

Why Does the Zebra Wear Pajamas?: Author, poet and landscape artist Omer Hillel wrote many stories and songs for children. Musician Dubi Seltzer, 2009 Israel Prize recipient for Israeli music composed the music for this song in the early 1960's for his wife, singer Geula Gil.

The Prettiest Girl in Kindergarten: This song appeared in the book HaKeves Hashisha Asar (The 16th Sheep), written by poet Yehonatan Geffen.

The Post Van: Naomi Shemer was an Israeli songwriter, composer and singer and Israel Prize recipient for Israeli music 1983. Some of her first songs, such as The Post Van and Our Little Brother were written when she taught children rhythmics.

My Dad: This was the first song written by songwriter Talma Aligon. The song describes the admiration a little girl feels for her father and the immense disappointment she experiences when he falls asleep while she sings him his favorite song.

Horse Rider: National poet Chaim Nachman Bialik wrote this poem in 1922, but it was only published a decade later in his book Poems and Songs for Children (1933).

Brave Danny: This song was written in 1943 and was first published in the book Danny.

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