Jodie’s Shabbat Surprise

Kar-Ben Publishing  2015

 

Jodie’s Shabbat Surprise is the newest addition to a series of picture books about Jodie, who wants to follow in the footsteps of her archaeologist father. This one has her (and her dog, Digger) finding an ancient wine press in an Israeli park not far from her home. A few days later, the find and the site become the setting for a surprise birthday party for Jodie’s father; the wine press has been filled to the top with grapes, and the barefoot guests hap­pily squash away until there is enough juice for all to drink. A note at the book’s back informs the reader that the story is based on an actual “archeological” puppy, who helped uncover an ancient press. It’s nice to see a book that in­troduces young children to the archaeological process and to a facet of Israel they may not be familiar with—its ancient heritage.



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