- Age Range: 3 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (January 27, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385383363
- ISBN-13: 978-0385383363
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.3 x 11.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Everybody Says Shalom Hardcover – January 27, 2015
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PreS-Gr 2—Following the author's Everybody Bonjours! (Random, 2008), this title presents a friendly look at Israel. A tourist family visits the famous sights, meeting smiling people of various ethnicities wherever they go. A note tells readers that "shalom is how people say hello. Shalom is also how people say goodbye. But its first and most important meaning is 'peace.' It's a little word with a lot to say!" The brief rhyming text is pleasant, if a bit vague in its descriptions of the sights; a note at the back provides additional information about the things seen in the pictures. The watercolor-style digital illustrations are detailed and invite slow examination (especially if readers wish to spot Gili the Gecko, who is hidden in the spreads). While both text and illustration are skillful, the combination of short, punchy rhymes spread over page turns and detailed, searchable illustrations make the book difficult to pace. Ultimately, it will need to be read quickly for the rhymes and returned to for a slower reading to examine the illustrations. The whirlwind tour is the most common type of children's book about Israel. This book does not break new ground but is a solid addition to the category. While there is no story line, this title makes for pleasant armchair travel. Jewish educators, in particular, will happily welcome this book to their shelves.—Heidi Estrin, Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
About the Author
Leslie Kimmelman is the author of many children’s books, among them Mind Your Manners, Alice Roosevelt!; The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah; and Everybody Bonjours! Her books have been named Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year and Sydney Taylor Notable Books. Visit her at lesliekimmelman.net.
Talitha Shipman received her MFA in illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design. Among the books she’s illustrated are You Are My Little Cupcake and You Are My Little Pumpkin Pie by Amy E. Sklansky. You can visit her at talithashipman.com.
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There's the story of a family trip to Israel -- from Haifa in the north to the Red Sea/Gulf of Eilat in the south.
There's rhyming text.
There's an adorable hidden gecko on almost page.
The illustrations are soooooo charming.
And there's a helpful "Around and About in Israel" section at the back of the book which provides additional information for the eleven Israeli sites that are visited.