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Miriam Anna Ivry (Roth)

Hebrew: מרים אנה עברי (רות)
Birthdate: (95)
Birthplace: Nitriansky kraj, Slovenská republika
Death: November 12, 2005 (95)
Shaar hagolan, Israel
Place of Burial: Kibbutz Shaar Hagolan, Israel
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Jenő (Yaakov) Roth and Hella/Helén Linka Roth
Wife of Pesach Ivri
Mother of Private and Jacob Ivri
Sister of Erzsébet Reiner; Magda Hejős and Yehuda Laszlo Rot

Occupation: writer of children's books
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About Miriam Anna Ivry

born as Anna Roth

Miriam Roth, the writer and scholar of children's books, died of pneumonia Saturday night at the age of 95. She was the author of such classics of Israeli children's literature as A Tale of Five Balloons. In addition to publishing beloved children's books in Hebrew - including Podi the Hedgehog and Hot Corn, among others - Roth wrote and lectured widely on children's literature and education. Her most recent children's book was published last year. Roth's funeral took place on Sunday at Kibbutz Sha'ar Hagolan, which was her home for many years. She is survived by one of her three children, her son Adam, and by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Among the many prizes she was awarded during her lifetime were the Bialik Prize and the Unicef Prize, which she won for A Tale of Five Balloons. Roth was one of the pioneers of Israeli children's literature and of preschool education in Israel. Born in 1910 in a town that is today in Slovakia, Roth was the daughter of a the principal of a Jewish school. After studying psychology at Brno University, she immigrated to Palestine in 1931, and studied at Seminar Hakibbutzim and at the Hebrew University before receiving a master's degree in education from Teachers' College in New York. In 1937, she was one of the founders of Kibbutz Sha'ar Hagolan, and became its kindergarten teacher. She trained teachers and taught children's literature at Seminar Hakibbutzim, and by her own admission was well-acquainted with the sorrows and joys of Israeli children. Roth started writing relatively late. A Tale of Five Balloons, her first book, was published when she was 61. It was inspired by her own experience of comforting her children when the balloons she would bring them from her frequent trips away from the kibbutz would eventually burst. Roth wrote stories for children that were rooted in the Israeli landscape and in kibbutz life, and was revolutionary in creating a new literary genre centered upon children's feelings and experiences, rather than on collective Zionist themes. Yael's House, for instance, told of a girl living on a kibbutz who longs for a private corner of her own. (http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=4607)

Entry in wikipedia: http://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%9E%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%9D_%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%AA

Miriam Roth (1910-2005) was born in Novy-Zamky (now Slovakia) and studied psychology at Brno University. She immigrated to pre-state Israel in 1931, studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and received an MA in pedagogy from City College, New York. Roth taught preschool education and childrens literature at the Kibbutzim College of Education and Oranim Academic College. She published 23 books for children and six books on education and childrens literature. Roth received the Zeev Prize for Lifetime Achievement (1990), the UNICEF Prize for Tale of Five Balloons (1998), and the Bialik Prize (2002). (http://www.ithl.org.il/author_info.asp?id=358)

very detailed article about her family: http://www.haaretz.com/the-age-of-sweetness-1.108239

Miriam Roth, who was part of the “new wave” of writers for the preschool age group, was born in Hungary in 1910 and immigrated to Palestine in 1931. There she served as a kindergarten teacher and engaged in the study of children’s literature. Her reference work, Sifrut le-Gil ha-Rakh (Literature for preschoolers), published in 1969 and 1977, was a pioneer in its field. In 1974, Miriam Roth burst into public consciousness with her work Ma’aseh be-Hamishah Balonim (The story of five balloons), a winner of the UNICEF prize, which combined an educational message with a concise plot and a childhood experience that involves coping with loss and the recognition that every balloon eventually breaks. Roth’s books, which combine verse with pictures, generally revolve around a small child handling a “big” problem. Magafayim (Boots, 1975), dealing with a young child’s pleasure in his boots; Ha-Bayit shel Ya’el (Yael’s house, 1977), which describes a young girl’s need for privacy and a corner of her own; Tiras Ham (Hot corn, 1978); Ha-Me’il shel Savta (Grandma’s coat, 1981); Shon Lo Rotzah Lishon (Miep won’t go to sleep, 1993), which tells the story of a girl who has difficulty letting go of her waking hours and just going to sleep; Yuval ha-Mevulbal (Mixed-Up Max, 2000) and Ha-Hatulim shel Savta Na’omi (Grandma Naomi’s cats, 2002) all read as though they were destined for every child the world over. (http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/childrens-literature-in-hebrew)


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Miriam Anna Ivry's Timeline

January 16, 1910
Nitriansky kraj, Slovenská republika
Age 35
November 12, 2005
Age 95
Shaar hagolan, Israel
November 14, 2005
Age 95
Kibbutz Shaar Hagolan, Israel
- 1931
Brno, Állam/Tartomány, Czechoslovakia