Toward Hopeful Skies by Yuriy Budiak - Two Children's Stories from the Ukraine

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Trilingual in Ukrainian, Yiddish, and English

A Benefit Volume to Support Ukrainian Relief

These two beautifully illustrated children’s books by Yuriy Budiak were published first in Ukrainian in the 1920s and shortly there after in free Yiddish translations. As a testament to the universal appeal of children's literature and the joyful contact of cultures these translations represent, they are presented trilingually - with new English translations and, due to the rarity of the Ukrainian original of the second book, a Ukrainian back-translation from the Yiddish.

Proceeds of the volume will go to support Ukrainian relief. 

Translated from the Ukrainian by Yoysef Ravin

Illustrated by Ya. Leus

Translated from the Yiddish by Jessica Kirzane and Jordan Finkin

Retranslated from the Yiddish into the Ukranian by Oksana Shcherba

Publisher's note:

Naydus Press wishes to express its gratitude to the following:
In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies ( for its support of the Ukrainian retranslation. The Klau Library, Cincinnati, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and the University of Chicago Library for their gracious permission to reproduce the images. The estate of Delphine Katz for underwriting the production of this book

Paperback book

Naydus Press, original publication 1920s, reissued 2022