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.