Saliman and the Memory Stone

by Erica Lyons

Illustrated by Yinon Ptahia

Apples & Honey Press, May 8, 2024

When young Saliman’s family left Yemen in 1881 to move to Jerusalem there were so many things they could not take along. Promising to remember it all, even the names of each their goats and the color of their fur, he clutched his memory stone, a piece of his house that he kept in his pocket, as a way to keep Yemen in his heart.

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“I worry that, as Jewish writers, our voices will be silenced, but there’s a child out there who needs that story, and maybe reading it now is even more important for them than before,” she says. “I keep thinking about that child, waiting for that particular story – and that’s all that matters.”

In The Jewish Chronicle

Saliman and the Memory Stone by Erica Lyons, illus. by Yinon Ptahia (Behrman/Apples & Honey, $18.95, May, ISBN 978-1-68115-631-6). Ages 4–8. Inspired by a true story, this book tells of a Jewish boy who leaves Yemen for Jerusalem in 1881, carrying a stone from his house to remind him of his homeland.

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