Sunday, July 19, 2015

Jodie's Shabbat Surprise by Anna Levine -- OPTIONAL

Levine, Anna Jodie's Shabbat Surprise, illustrated by Ksenia Topaz. PICTURE BOOK. Kar-Ben Publishing (Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.), 2015. $7.95. Contents: G.

Jodie longs to be an archaeologist like her father, but she gets her wish sooner than expected when she and her dog Digger go for a hike, and Digger stumbles upon an ancient wine press. When Jodie shows the site to her father, he explains how people from Biblical times used to stomp grapes there in order to make wine. An afterword explains the true event on which this story is loosely based.

Because of the strong religious overtones, fairly unappealing illustrations, and un-kid-friendly emphasis on wine-making, this book is likely to find a very limited audience. It may, however, work okay in very diverse collections, in a private religious school, or in a large public library.

EL (K-3) -- OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Caryn

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