Dr. Ow it Hurts, by Kornei Chukovsky

The adventures of a doctor, who can speak to animals, and his friends. In this excerpt, the doctor and his animal friends help a young boy find his father. The main character was inspired by Dr. Tsemakh Shabad, a well-known doctor in Vilna whose patients included Beba Epstein. Also, his wife, Stefania Szabad, was Beba’s teacher at the Sofia Gurevitch school.

The book was originally published in Russian and later translated into Yiddish. This version has been translated into English from Yiddish by Myra Mniewiski. Read the full English translation or an excerpt of the original in Yiddish.