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About Lesley Simpson:

Yuvi’s Candy Tree is a picture book about a five-year-old Jewish Ethiopian girl who outwitted robbers during her exodus from Ethiopia. It is a true story about intelligence trumping thugs. The book was inspired by the life of Ethiopian Israeli Yuvi Tashome, who was part of Operation Moses, one of the secret airlifts of Ethiopian Jews to Israel in the 1980s. The book is this year’s winner of the Canadian Jewish Book Award for youth literature. It is written by Lesley Simpson, a Canadian journalist and picture book author. Simpson is the author of the Canadian bestseller The Hug as well as The Shabbat Box, The Purim Surprise, and a new picture book A Song For My Sister, scheduled for release this summer.

Lesley Simpson - Yuvi’s Candy Tree


Lesley Simpson reads from her award-winning book and leads kids and families in a fun activity: make your own candy tree!

Recommended for ages 6-10.

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