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The golden city : Jerusalem's 3,000 years
Waldman, Neil.
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Publication Information:
Honesdale, Pa : Boyd Mills Press, 2000.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 7.0 0.5 45066.
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DS109.9 .W27 1995 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Neil Waldman brings the colors and contrasts of Jerusalem's ancient buildings and distant hillsides to life in The Golden City: Jerusalem's 3,000 Years. Filled with history, and even a time line, The Golden City takes readers on a trip into the past, starting with the year 1004 B.C.E. Waldman's beautiful illustrations of Jerusalem's hillsides and aging structures capture this city of mystery, a city that has attracted pilgrims for many centuries.

Author Notes

Neil Waldman is the writer and illustrator of more than fifty children's books. His books have won the Christopher Award, the National Jewish Book Award and the School Library Best Book Award. He is also the founder/director of the Fred Dolan Art Academy in the Bronx. Al and Teddy is one of his picture books. All proceeds from sales of "AL and TEDDY" will be used to support the young artists of the Fred Dolan Art Academy, a free Saturday school designed to help Bronx youngsters go to art college. Founded in 2006, twenty-three students have graduated from the academy, all going on to college with scholarships.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. It doesn't seem possible to condense 3,000 years of history into 32 pages, but Waldman does a creditable job and provides some beautiful artwork as well. Beginning with Moses, Waldman moves quickly to David's designation of Jerusalem as his capital. David's son, Solomon, made Jerusalem a showplace, but eventually the Babylonians overran the city and the first Jewish Diaspora occurred. Later, the Jews returned and rebuilt the city, which has remained their home. In the centuries that followed, Jerusalem was a holy city for Muslims as well as Christians. Rather surprisingly, Waldman gives only several sentences to the recent strife in the city, and one has the feeling that he's steering clear of controversy throughout. Still, this does give children an idea of the importance of this religious capital, and they will be taken with the evocative watercolor-and-colored-pencil artwork that captures both the physicality of an ancient city alive in its stones and the dreaminess of a place filled with centuries of longing. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4‘This succinct illustrated history of Jerusalem from King David's time to the present day successfully introduces the panorama of religions and cultures that have formed the city's heritage and created its mystique. Waldman also conveys the senselessness of centuries of political strife that has formed layer upon layer of abandoned architecture, leaving in its wake destruction and hatred between Israel and some of its neighbors. Although it is brief, the text carefully explains why Jerusalem is so important to Jews, Christians, and Moslems by detailing its occupation over the centuries, with just enough information to satisfy youngsters with little or no historical background. The narrative is further elucidated by full-page colored-pencil drawings on watercolor backgrounds that show views of the city at various times in its history. The Golden City provides clearer, more detailed information than Karla Kuskin's Jerusalem, Shining Still (HarperCollins, 1987), which uses simple language but seems to be written more for its poetic style than for informational purposes.‘Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.