Anyone planning a tour of Jerusalem is in for a special experience with this unique resource in hand. This is more than a guidebook; it’s an interactive program filled with creative ideas to maximize enjoyment and learning while exploring a timeless, fascinating city. There is plenty of background information — as well as a list of suggestions for what to see — but what makes this different than a traditional city guide is the personalized, interactive component. There are role-playing suggestions, which offer a variety of viewpoints and are fun to “play.” These add depth to the touring and learning experience. In addition, the workbook aspect actively engages the reader. It provides space to fill in personal details, record thoughts, and add photographs. Biblical quotes, fun facts, follow-up projects, and colorful photographs are included. Thought-provoking questions about what the traveler has seen, with spaces to write the answers for later reference, will help keep memories of this special trip alive. This is all designed to help travelers think deeply about the sites visited rather than simply viewing them. A pocket on the back cover contains a book of maps, a game, a “picture pack” with thumbnail photos to help the traveler focus on and search for the original sites as she or he roams the city and explores.
This is a delightful and meaningful way to learn about some of the renowned Jerusalem tourist areas. Use of this guide will lead to a special trip which will be remembered for a lifetime.
Recommended for families with children of all ages.
Michal Hoschander Malen is the editor of Jewish Book Council’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A former librarian, she has lectured on topics relating to literacy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.