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Adventure stories dominate Israeli children's literature. At various times over the past forty years, three types of adventure stories have been prominent: historical/ biographical, Holocaust, and neighborhood life. Each deals with reality, challenging situations, and leadership in a different way. This paper examines: (1) the ways in which the cultural climate and sociological ethos participate in molding the hero's character; (2) whether the fictional world presented to Israeli children mirrors the Israeli reality of the time; (3) whether Israeli children's fiction satisfies the expectations and needs of readers, educators, parents, and critics; and (4) how the adventure story genre gained its prominence in Israel.
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