Thousands attended the funeral on Sunday at Petah Tikva’s Segula Cemetery of Esther Streit-Wurzel, the Hebrew author of popular children’s books who died on Saturday at the age of 81 after a long illness.
Streit-Wurzel wrote more than 25 books, including classics just as Alifim
, and won several prestigious prizes, including the Zionist Congress Award (1962) and the Prime Minister's Prize for Creative Work (1995).
Born in Petah Tikva, she graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1952 and worked as a teacher until 1987, when she began devoting herself to writing.
Her last book, An Orange Summer
(2008), tells the story of the 2005 disengagement from the Gaza Strip through the eyes of teenage settlers.
Streit-Wurzel is survived by her husband and three children.