Saturday, October 27, 2012

Jodie's Passover Adventure by Anna Levine - OPTIONAL

Levine, Anna and Ksenia Topaz Jodie's Passover Adventure. 32 pgs. Kar-Ben Publishing, 2012. $14.00. PICTURE BOOK.

Jodie is a budding archaeologist who loves to explore the sites in Israel, where she lives. When her cousin Zach visits for Passover, she convinces him to come along on an adventure. Together they explore Hezekiah's Tunnel, a historical site beneath the city, trying to figure out why the pattern of the digging marks on the edges of the walls changes in the middle of the tunnel.

Although the cover and title imply that this story will be a mystery, it feels as if the entire point is to tell the history of the tunnel, barely disguising the lesson in dialogue and exposition. May be best for children and adults who are interested in the culture or history of Israel, or who are building up a religion-focused collection. Note: while the book is billed as a stand-alone, it seems to reference a previous volume - something that those purchasing it may wish to take into account when placing orders.

EL - OPTIONAL. Reviewed by: Caryn.

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