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Mijal Snunit (Hebrew: מיכל סנונית) is an Israeli journalist, magazine editor, poet and author of books for children. She is a 2005 recipient of the Prime Minister's Prize for Hebrew Literary Works.


Mijall Snunit was born on a Kibbutz Ein Hahoresh in Palestine - Israel was not created until 1948 -, of which her Belgian-born parents were founding members. She studied Hebrew literature and theater at Tel Aviv University and has worked in agriculture, with kibbutz children and later as a journalist in a daily newspaper. From 1975 to 1979 she edited a weekly magazine. In addition to her books for young readers she has published articles on children's literature and written lyrics for songs in children's musicals. Mijal Snunit is well known for her poetry and stories for both adults and children.

Married to Zvi Elpeleg.

"The Soul Bird"

The relationship between ourselves and our soul is explained in this poetic story which was written for children and has since become an international bestseller for all ages. With 400,000 copies sold in the author's own country of Israel, out of a population of 5 million, The Soul Bird has now been translated into more than 25 languages. Its appeal is similar to that of St Exupéry's The Little Prince, using the simple language of childhood to convey a deeper philosophical message.

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