Gefen’s Book Report: SECRET GARDEN

Presented by: Gefen Eglash
7th Grade Dovrim
Date: 3, February 2015
Presented to: Pearl

Title: The Secret Garden
Author: Francis Hodgson Burnett

Date of publication: 1911

Genre: Family, relationships

Synopsis: It is about a young girl called Mary Lennox whose mum and dad die in India and she is sent to live with her uncle in a big house in England.

Mary is very spoiled but when she gets to her uncle’s house she has a maid that tells her stories about her mothers sister and about how she always spent time in a beautiful garden. The maid tells Mary how one day her aunt sat in a tree and fell out and died. Then her uncle locked the door of the garden and buried the key so no one else could get in.

One day, Mary finds the key buried in the ground and goes into the garden. She meets a bird and the bird shows her around the garden and shows her all the flowers.

One day she meets a boy called Dickon, her maid’s brother. He is really good with plants and animals, so she shows him the secret garden. They play there together.

One night, Mary hears some crying and she follows the noise. She discovers that there is a boy in a secret room, who she realizes is her cousin. He is called Colin. He has a problem with his spine and is in a wheelchair.

She takes him to the secret garden, where his mom always played and where she died.

One day she takes Colin into the secret garden to play and he starts to walk. He falls over at first but then tries his best to walk.

Main Character: Her name is Mary Lennox. She is 10-years-old. She has brown hair and has bangs. In the beginning she is very spoiled, she does not even know how to get dressed on her own. During the book, however, she starts to get less spoiled and less mean. In the beginning, she does not have any friends but she learns how to make friends.

Opinion: I really loved this story because it taught me that you should not be too spoiled and if you get something then you need to be happy that you got it. In the beginning of the book, I was a little bit scared because I learned about all the stuff that happened to Mary, about how she did not even know how to cry and I felt bad for her but then the book became happier and more positive. It showed me that even when bad things happen, everything can work out fine in the end.

Example: The part in the book that I really liked was when Mary helps Colin get better and shows him how to walk. This teaches him to be less spoiled. Also, because of Mary, Colin and his dad become close again.

Recommend: I would recommend this book because it teaches you that you should always be happy with what you have and not be too spoiled, even if you have a lot of money and servants and maids. Maybe you won’t have everything you want and maybe you will but you should always be happy with what you have.

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POPCORN – By Ela Eglash

I chose to write about popcorn as my invention because I think that popcorn should be the food of the world.

Popcorn was invented over 9000 years ago in Mexico. The people took corn kernels and sat it in the sun till it dried and then placed it in a fire. Once in the fire the popcorn
popped and popcorn was invented! A couple thousand years later it came to South America.

Popcorn was famous and popular in America in the 1930s because it was cheap to buy and because people were poor. One bag of popcorn cost 2 pennies!

This is why I chose popcorn as my favorite invention.

The End.

By Ela Eglash

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THE HAUNTED HOUSE by Ela Tamar Eglash

Once upon a time, there was a girl and a boy, and their names were Amanda and Michael. They were so excited for Halloween and went to the store and bought Halloween costumes. Michael dressed as a pirate and Amanda as a fairy mermaid.

Michael asked Amanda “Do you want to go to the Haunted House?” Amanda said, “I don’t know as I will think about it.” It was the night of Halloween and Michael and Amanda ended up going to the Haunted House.

AS they entered the Haunted House, they saw blood, people screaming and pumpkins that looked like scary faces. They were so scared and Amanda almost fainted. Then they got lost in the Haunted House . They saw someone with a knife and they were so scared and they said, “Hey you over there, do you know the way out?” Then the person with the knife said, “What are you doing in my house”? Amanda and Michael said, “No this is a Haunted House.” The person with the knife said,”Get out or I will hurt you!”

Amanda and Michael ran out and when they were outside they saw that Halloween was over and people started to collect their candy, put away toilet paper from the trees and clean the houses.

Michael and Amanda said, “This was the best Halloween in the world!”


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Eglash Summer 2014 Trip to U.S.


1. GRANMA’S Pancakes and eating them on the TV tables

2. GEFEN breaks DANIELLA’S mirror

3. Great BBQ and Smores at BRIAN and RACHEL’S with kids..

4. ELA getting angry on Cable Car Incline in Pitt…

5. Dave and Buster’s: BEN’S hamburger order that was accidentally swiped and smashed allover the floor by a young waiter while he was playing games

6. Room not ready in Elkhart, Indiana hotel late at night: end result… getting a free night!

7. P Sherman- 42 Wollabi Way, Sydney

8. PAPA making a CD of songs requested the night we left under immense pressure while kids were driving him crazy!

9. GRANMA and PAPA taking care of ELA for a while and having EDEN as well

10.GEFEN accidentally smashing her glass at 2nd Ave. Deli in NYC

11. Climbing the crown of the Statue of Liberty and conversation with the guard on top

12. GEFEN cheeseburger please cheeseburger!

13. BEN not getting up in morning and being a typical “teenager!”

14.ELA cabin song in the “Fast Lane” from Milwaukee to NYC!

15. Dunkin Donuts for ELA – lots of sprinkles for all the kids!

16. Kids not walking straight in NYC and constantly bumping into us and themselves

17. Korean skipping in line at Ellis island and getting yelled at and sent back

18. Waterfall at 9/11 – and seeing how awesome it truly is and the impact of 9/11!

19. The thrill of seeing kids return from Camp Interlaken!

20. “Yeah Yeah Yeah” – PAPA

21.GRANMA JUDY and coupons and “crowd sourcing” to get us 30% off at Kohls. Also being“blocked” with coupon at Maxfield’s as it wasn’t good on a Sunday!

22. ELA and EDEN loving Barbies…

23. All 4 Travel bagss arriving late on American Airlines and being told that we only would be reimbursedif we present sales receipts. EGLASHESgo on $300 shopping spree and turn in sales receipts!

24. EGLASHES with GRANMA JUDY hear siren outside Mayfair Mall! It turns out to be a test for a tornado warning!

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EGLASH BIKE OUTING (April 5, 2014)…

On a Shabbat afternoon, our family (Kylie, as well) went on a bike outing to an area near the 9/11 Monument, outside Jerusalem. There are great bike paths and a hiking area. ELA had her bike, BEN his mountain bike and GEFEN had her bike with a basket in front, containing DADDY’s IPhone. BEN decided to go far in front and GEFEN and ELA stayed a few lengths in front of us (RUTH & I). Suddenly, we heard ELA screaming that GEFEN had crashed down in the ravine! RUTH and I ran along with Kylie to see what happened: GEFEN lying on the ground, crying in the ravine. We hurriedly helped her up and comforted her. She had some minor scratches but, thankfully, nothing serious. We then looked in her basket and found that my IPhone was missing. We searched around the area and couldn’t find the phone! We finally left for home without the phone. Upon arrival home, RUTH did a search through the “Find Your Phone” app and located my phone on a satellite map in the ravine (wadi) near where the accident had occurred. However, the dilemma was that the map showed the proximity where the phone was, not the exact location! However, RUTH noticed she could activate a buzzing sound on the phone even though the phone is on mute! BEN and I hopped back into the car and returned to the scene of the “bike crash” and called RUTH to activate the beeping sound. We then heard the sound and located the phone under some tree branches. BEN and I celebrated with sighs of relief and returned with the phone. GEFEN was happy and everyone is proud of themselves! [Written by Daddy Mike & edited by Papa.]

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ELA: Dreaming or CONNECTED!?

3/9/14 – Could not sleep so well today [Daddy, Mike]. Got up at 5 am and at 6 am decided to make the kids lunch. As I was cutting the roll, I heard ELA yell out from her bed, “Daddy, please make me peanut butter!” and then repeated it again, “Peanut butter!” I yelled back and confirmed. Five minutes later I went into her room and she was sound asleep. I thought she was dreaming, but she said she just went back to sleep very quickly! [Submitted by Daddy Michael. Edited by Papa Norb.]

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Notes from GREAT ISRAEL SNOWSTORM of 2013…

Over a foot and a half of snow fell in Mevaseret Zion triggering electrical outages, road closings and trees breaking!

From Thursday night, Dec. 19 to Friday night, Dec. 20 – we had no electricity and then on Sat. night the electrical post in front of our house caught fire resulting in no electricity for all of Rechov Kramim (our road) for nearly 24 hours!

Some highlights:

1. Taking in Orthodox family of 7 for 5 hours while their car was stuck on the only road leading to Jerusalem. Kids fighting. Yehuda, the Dad, (driving with kids to see the historic snowfall and getting stuck in a snowbank) and wife, Mazal, using Ruth’s Kohl’s jacket to keep warm! Yehuda wore my socks and his wife slept in Ben’s bed for a long nap after being up all night.

2. Ben and Daddy rescue a man whose car was stuck in front of the house. Ben and Daddy shovel his car out of the mess.

3. Daddy calls Yoram Shimon, the Mayor of Mevaseret Zion, to expedite repairing the electrical outage!

4. Famous Eglash talent show in evening with no electricity: Ben plays guitar, Gefen is the MC and Ela performs her great dance routine.

5. Shabbat dinner in candlelight and then an hour later electricity comes on and we all applaud!

6. Eating noodles in candlelight.

7. Kids fighting.

8. Kylie [family dog] enjoying the snow.

9. Catelina [Kylie’s cat pal] taking refuge in the house.

10. Washing machine kept on going off as electricity continued on and off.

11. Wearing “ziplok” bags over shoes for protection from snow!

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1. GRANMA [JUDY} giving a backhanded compliment to a “pregnant” reporter from NBC at Target with GEFEN, trying to get her interviewed as an Israeli shopping for the school year.

2. BEN going to Walk in Clinic on Good Hope Rd. [was feeling sick].

3. GEFEN and ELA telling “poop” jokes on bus to Chicago.

4. GRANMA losing her camera & then finding it!

5. ELA returning from JCC waterpark with no clothes, apparently “stolen!”

6. DADDY [MIKE] losing or having IPHONE stolen at Hotel in Boston.

7. MUMMY [RUTH] lovingly buying loads of products from Victoria Secret and receiving a free bag.

8. DADDY [MIKE] forgetting his phone at a restaurant in Lake Geneva!

9. DONNA and the numerous JCC Health Club visits.

10. GRANMA making chocolate chip pancakes every morning for kids!

11.ELA saying she is “hungry” [countless times!].

12. All of the Israeli family buying sunglasses in Istanbul.

13. MIKE and PAPA getting lost on way back from taking BEN and RUTH to Chicago O’Hare Airport and having dinner at Longhorn Steak House!

14. BEN buying his “Beats” in Istanbul [What a great deal!].

15. Famous BBQ at ROD and HELEN’S including the issue of “how the meat was cooked, along with constant complaining!”

16. BEN’S thrilling motorcycle trip with ROD!

17. GEFEN at Camp Interlaken, getting stung by a bee!

18. GEFEN & ELA in Chicago with KENNY [Uncle] & EDEN, getting lost on taxi boat to Chinatown!

19. KENNY never saying “NO” to the girls!

20. GRANMA phoning Time Warner Cable complaining about TV problems as well as the issue that the NBC network is not available!

21. Riding the “bike car” on the Lake Michigan waterfront.

22. Trip to Wisconsin State Fair and eating “cheesecake on a stick!”

23. YONI recording GRANMA on the phone complaining to Time Warner and Best Buy!

24. All the boys going with PAPA to minyon at Temple Menorah and looking at pictures in the Library of Mr.JULIUS UGENT & GREAT GRANPA DAVE!

24. EDEN getting sad when she says goodby to cousins..

25. TALIA and GEFEN singing “Grace after meals” at Samurai Japanese Restaurant.

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“Tooth Fairy” Revealed – for many years when an EGLASH child lost his tooth, the next morning anywhere between 10-20 shekels could be found underneath the pillow. This all changed when ELA “revealed” the “Tooth Fairy!” For over a year previous to this incident, GEFEN would ask and question Daddy on who was really the tooth fairy. She would say it was Daddy, but Daddy would always deny it. This changed when ELA woke up at 6:30 am the morning after her main front tooth fell out.The night before she placed the tooth in a plastic bag and put it under her pillow. When she woke up , she yelled that her tooth was still there! Daddy rushed into the room and told ELA to look again as the tooth fairy secretly put a 20 shekel note under the pillow and took the tooth. Daddy told ELA to look again and ELA discovered the 20 shekels! But she looked at Daddy and said, “ You did it, you’re the tooth fairy!” She demanded that Daddy empty his pockets… and sure enough, the tooth fell out and Daddy was revealed as the tooth fairy!

“HOLIDAY IN THE SUN, Pesach 2013 in Taba”… Some Highlights:
BEN – snorkeling along the Coral Reef and seeing exotic fish; not playing “Mind Craft”; giving dollar tips to hotel staff & not allowed to play the “Game of Life” as he was punished for running away!

ELA – snorkeling in the pool as well as 30 seconds in the sea, losing the “Game of Life” [Granma Judy had bought it this past winter for the kids]!

GEFEN – skipping in line at the omelet station, winning the “Game of Life”, getting free drinks at the pool, & being in a bad mood at the Karaoke Bar until the Russians started singing. ELA said they all sang like “Kermit the Frog!”

MIKE forgot the suitcase at passport control, played golf for four hours and had two pars!

RUTH – brought home room cards from the hotel & hit her head on the wall fire extinguisher!

“All in all a great trip!”

Kylie – Uncle Simon and Aunt Mimi and not remembering

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GEFEN – On a beautiful Saturday morning we all left our house and went on a picnic to Nataf, a beautiful area near Male Hacahmisha. We went with a few other families. On arrival we got a picnic table and staked out our area. Gefen asked if she could get something from the car and Daddy gave her the keys. A few minutes later she came back and said the keys are in the back seat and the car is locked. We proceeded to attempt to unlock the car and Daddy called the towing service to see if they could send someone out to unlock the car. Since Daddy’s insurance coverage didn’t cover this problem and it was too costly, Mummy and Nir (father of Ela’s friend, Mayan) went back to the house to see if Shoshi (upstairs neighbor) was home with the family key or to try to break into the house to get the extra car key. Well, they arrived at our house and proceded to the back and to try and find a way in. Nir said he’d check to see if the front door was unlocked. Sure enough, it was “unlocked”! Yes, Daddy forgot to lock the door when we left the house! So this was an ironic situation where Gefen locked the keys in the car and Daddy forgot to lock the front door!

ELA – is doing great and really progressing with her reading skills in English and Hebrew. She is reading various books just for fun! She continues to love dancing and singing and recently dressed up as Queen of Sheba for Purim. She loves the game, “Life” which Granma Judy bought for the kids.

KYLIE – (Family dog) is now an official Eglash after being with us for over 2 months! Kids love her and she is very adorable! However, she’s still small and not 100 percent potty trained!

BEN – We had a bit of a scare with Ben this week when Daddy took him to the emergency room after Mummy was told by our family doctor that he could be having an appendicitis attack! After 5 hours in the emergency room and an ultra sound at Hadassah they ruled out appendicitis. However, the medical staff decided to monitor him overnite. Daddy slept with Ben overnight in the Emergency room! Ben was great and did not cry when they took his blood sample. Not long after leaving the Emergency room Ben was preparing for Purim. He bought a Morphite suit in Milwaukee and it was a fabulous hit, so unique, to say the least! He enjoyed wearing it while shopping, etc. and getting great feedback and so much attention (lots of “double-takes”). Ben is also obsessed with Mindcraft!

[Original stories by Daddy Mike, edited & slightly “enhanced” by Papa Norb.]

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