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Everybody says shalom
Kimmelman, Leslie, author.
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New York : Random House, [2015]
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
A tour of Israel profiles such sites as the Old City of Jerusalem, modern Tel Aviv, and the Biblical Zoo while introducing the region⁰́₉s diverse cultures and customs.
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A spirited picture-book tour of Israel takes readers to the Old City of Jerusalem and modern Tel Aviv, the desert and the sea, Roman ruins, the Biblical Zoo, a kibbutz, and much more. Lively, rhyming text and vibrant, colorful illustrations offer young readers a trip through this old-new land of many contrasts, cultures, and customs. Readers can also look for a mischievous gecko that plays hide-and-seek in the scenes. The end pages include interesting historical information and other facts about the places visited. Perfect for reading aloud and ideal for any child interested in other countries and cultures--and for armchair travelers of any age!

Author Notes

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

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

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Booklist Review

This title's endpapers show a family flying to Israel to visit. And once there, everybody says shalom, which a helpful gecko tells readers means hello, good-bye, and peace. Kimmelman's bouncy rhyme has people saying shalom right to left / and left to right as children write the words in both Hebrew and English in the sand or on a dune / eating yogurt with a spoon. Along with the sprightly text, each of Shipman's charming and child-friendly watercolors, which show Israel's diverse population, highlights some aspect of Israeli life: visiting open-air markets and historical sites, or taking advantage of the natural terrain by riding a camel in the desert or floating in the Mediterranean Sea. A helpful picture key at the book's conclusion introduces the sites featured in the book, including Masada, the Baha'i Shrine, the Dead Sea, and the Western Wall. A simple yet smart introduction to Israel for the youngest.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

As she did with Paris in Everybody Bonjours!, Kimmelman takes readers on an upbeat tour of Israel, propelled by crisp, clever rhymes: "Everybody says shalom/ in a shuk... or catacomb./ Two by two, in the zoo./ Viewing tiny tiles of blue." (A pink gecko, who readers can spot tucked away in Shipman's cheery illustrations, explains that, because shalom can mean hello, goodbye, and peace, "It's a little word with a lot to say.") Sidestepping any intimation of conflict or controversy, the story speeds along, following a visiting family's explorations of Israel's historical structures, leisure activities, and holy sites, which are discussed in greater detail in an afterword. Ages 3-7. Illustrator's agency: Lilla Rogers Studio. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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