Saturday, December 31, 2016

Winter Reading 2017 If You Were Me and Lived in...Israel


The "If You Were Me and Lived in... " series introduces young readers to countries around the world through the eyes of children. The book on Israel is the latest addition to the titles available. Descriptions of the shouk (market place), and visits to the Dead Sea are described, as are major cities such as Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Common names chosen for boys or girls, and the nicknames for mommy and daddy are also introduced. Favorite foods, sports, and games are described. There is also a description of the holiday Purim and its historical heroine, Queen Esther. In the back is a glossary/pronunciation guide for the Hebrew words such as biet safer, glida, and shekels. 

Along with the everyday details of home, school, and pastimes, there are other facts about the country and its history. Many readers may not be aware that Israel has its own martial art form called Krav Maga. And they may be surprised to learn that four different religions consider it their Holy Land. (Since this is meant for younger students, the conflicts that have arisen over the years are not included.) Books such as this are great as a first introduction for elementary school students to the various cultures around the world. Teachers and librarians will find it handy to have the entire set on their shelves. 

I received a copy from the author for review purposes.

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