This is Dinosaur’s fourth adventure, having celebrated Jewish holidays and Shabbat in Dinosaur on Passover, Dinosaur on Hanukkah, and Dinosaur on Shabbat. This one takes him to Israel as a tourist. He digs in the sand on the beautiful beach in Tel Aviv, eats a falafel for lunch, puts a message high up in the Western Wall, climbs Masada, takes a mud bath in the Dead Sea, and goes snorkeling in Eilat. Throughout, he is enthusiastic about his experiencesand at the end cannot wait to go back. Told in rhyme, this is a lovely, joyful story, highlighting important sites in Israel. Several simple Hebrew words are incorporated into the text, without needing explanation, such as Shalom, Eretz Yisrael, Todah Rabah and Shofar. Double-page illustrations are colorful and humorous, work well with the text, and are perfectly age-appropriate. Familiarity with the main character will definitely increase the appreciation of the young readers. Recommendedas a read-to for ages 3 – 6.
Shelly Feit has an M.L.S. and a Sixth-year Specialist’s Certificate in information science. She is the library director and media specialist at the Moriah School in Englewood, NJ.