Ezra’s Aliyah

Jen­nifer Tzivia MacLeod
  • Review
By – March 30, 2015

Ezra and his fam­i­ly are plan­ning on mak­ing Aliyah, mov­ing from the U.S. to Israel, and Ezra is not quite sure how he feels about the idea. His par­ents explain as much as they can about what he will find as he begins his new Israeli life, they show him pho­tographs of every­day Israeli scenes, and they show him movies in Hebrew so he can hone his lan­guage skills. He packs his trea­sures and says good­bye to fam­i­ly and friends, know­ing he will miss many peo­ple but feel­ing, too, that he is head­ing toward an excit­ing adven­ture and a promis­ing future. 

In a clear and calm­ing man­ner, MacLeod pro­vides a reas­sur­ing note for chil­dren con­tem­plat­ing this major life change. The text is accom­pa­nied by col­or illus­tra­tions and some pho­tographs as well as a glos­sary in Hebrew and Eng­lish. The book is geared to an Ortho­dox read­er both in ter­mi­nol­o­gy and illus­tra­tion but can be use­ful for any fam­i­ly con­sid­er­ing Aliyah or for a child who has a friend or rel­a­tive plan­ning the move. Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 6 – 10.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and chil­dren’s book reviews. She has lec­tured on a vari­ety of top­ics relat­ing to chil­dren and books and her great­est joy is read­ing to her grand­chil­dren on both sides of the ocean. Michal lives in Great Neck, NY and Efrat, Israel.

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