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The Weird World of Whacky Works

Tzipie Wolner

If you could choose a really original profession when you grow up, what would you choose? A pilot? A shoe designer? A gardener? I bet a career as a gum buster never even crossed your mind. Nor did it occur to you to become a snake milker. There are people out there who have these totally weird jobs, and they’re loving it!

 

Yosef Chaim’s Treasure

Shira Yehudit Djalilmand

One of the best things about having an uncle living abroad is that we get great presents. My uncle always sends us something unusual, things we can’t get here in Israel. Once he sent me a really cool Game Boy, once a bright-pink monster that giggled, and all kinds of fun stuff. So this year when the package arrived for my birthday, I couldn’t wait to see what weird and wonderful present Uncle Nachum had sent me.

 

Button Fear

Rhona Lewis

If seven-year-old Yisrael manages to button his shirt when getting dressed for school, his mother lets him choose a candy from the jar of treats she keeps especially for him. That’s because buttoning up a shirt isn’t easy for Yisrael. In fact, not so long ago, Yisrael couldn’t even look at a button. He was afraid of buttons.

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