The Football and the Tree – Illustrated by Etzion Goel

This book is based upon a true story. When my son was small, I kicked a soccer ball (known as a football in much of the civilized world) up a tree. Luckily, however, it was not my son's football. Etzion Goel just completed the marvellous illustrations! I'm on cloud nine!

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Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג
I'm a writer, scientist, musician, inventor and lecturer. I love writing children's books, satire, and how-to-manuals (Mel's ten tips). Together with Ran Shternin, I'm co-founder of Ourboox, the world's simplest…
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The Football and the Tree – Illustrated by Etzion Goel

by Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג

Artwork: Etzion Goel








Copyright © 2013

When Jonathan turned six, he received a football for his birthday. It was a very special gift. His father had brought it all the way from Brazil.

The ball was signed by a very famous player. 

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Jonathan took his new ball to the park to show his friends.

Sampson, the biggest boy in the neighborhood, grabbed the ball and kicked it so hard that it flew into the sky. It landed in a tree and got stuck between the branches.

Sampson just shrugged and walked away. He didn’t even say he was sorry.

 

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Jonathan stood there crying for hours. He could see the ball, but it wouldn’t budge.

He came back the next day, and the day after that. Weeks later, when the wind blew and the rains fell, he often stood there waiting and watching. But the ball wouldn’t budge.

 

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Every year, on his birthday, Jonathan would visit the tree. He had grown, but so had the tree. He could barely see the ball at all. The leaves had grown all around it.

After several years, the ball was completely covered and Jonathan could not see it at all. Still, every birthday he would go and try to find it.

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One day Jonathan met a girl and fell in love. They got married and moved away.

 

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Every year, on his birthday, he would drive with his wife to visit the tree. He would tell her the story of how Sampson had kicked the ball into the branches and just walked away. 

When they had children, Jonathan would take them all to the tree on his birthday and would tell them the same story. They all felt sorry for him, but never said a thing.

 

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Jonathan’s children grew up, got married and had children of their own. Now he was a grandfather. When Annie, his eldest granddaughter, was six years old, he took her to see the tree.

Annie looked at the tree. She looked at her grandfather. She thought for a moment.

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“Grandfather,” she said, “There are so many trees in the neighborhood. Are you sure this is the right one?”

“Grandfather”, she said, “Even if the ball is still there, it must be very, very old. ”

Jonathan finally understood. 

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They went to buy a new ball and played in the park. Jonathan smiled for the first time in many years. 

 

 

 

 

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They walked away slowly, 

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Hand in hand, 

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And Jonathan never visited the tree again. 

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The End

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