Holon’s Storybook Gardens Teach Children About Organ Donation

July 25, 2011

Source: No Camels 


In recent years the Israeli city of Holon has turned many of its gardens into live storybooks, with giant statues scattered across the lawns, based on characters from famous children’s books. The latest storybook garden inaugurated in Holon — now termed the “children’s city” — is called “A Story from The Heart.” It is based on a children’s tale that explains the sometimes difficult subject of organ donations.


The project arose from a partnership between the municipality of Holon and the National Center for Transplants. The statues, all friendly-looking characters in the shape of organs, are based on a book written by author Efraim Sidon, which tells the story of a little girl in need of a heart transplant. The purpose of the book, according to its author, is to educate children on the importance of organ donations. Professor Rafy Biar, Chairman of the National Center for Transplant, said: “I hope that the younger generation will come to understand and pass on this important topic, which is that all of us will be able to save lives.”


The general initiative to create storybook gardens throughout Holon started seven years ago and so far there are 34 such gardens spread around the city. All the gardens have statues created by well-known artists and are influenced by popular children’s books.

Updated: Aug. 02, 2011