Jour­ney Through Jerusalem

Aman­da Ben­jamin; Tamar Blu­men­feld, illus.
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By – March 24, 2017

Jour­ney Through Jerusalem is just as the title indi­cates: a jour­ney through the major places of inter­est in Israel’s cap­i­tal city. The tour is guid­ed by three kit­tens and their mama. The day begins as the kit­ty fam­i­ly is out for the day in a bas­ket in the bed of a truck. When one pokes out her head and sees a wind­mill, every­one jumps out to explore, much to their mama’s dis­may. From the wind­mill they see the Old City of Jerusalem… and the tour begins. Mama cat shows her kit­tens a vari­ety of places as they zip from Hezekiah’s Tun­nel, through the Jaf­fa Gate, and on to the Car­do Pil­lars. They bound past the West­ern Wall, the Dome of the Rock and the Church of the Holy Sepul­chre where peo­ple come to pray to remind us” of the world’s mir­a­cles. The tour con­tin­ues through sev­er­al oth­er loca­tions, end­ing with the four adven­tur­ers head­ing home. Mama cat describes each site with a very short expla­na­tion of its significance.

The art­work in Jour­ney Through Jerusalem is quite unique in that it com­bines actu­al pho­tographs of each loca­tion with the super­im­posed draw­ings of the mama cat and her kit­tens. Read­ers will enjoy see­ing the pho­tographs, allow­ing them to feel as if they are tour­ing right along with the kit­ties. The book is writ­ten for the younger child, ages 4 – 7, who should enjoy the antics of the kit­tens as they scam­per through Jerusalem.

Mar­cia Ber­neger is a retired teacher who lives with her hus­band and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and sec­ond grade, as well as spe­cial edu­ca­tion. She cur­rent­ly teach­es Torah school, in addi­tion to her vol­un­teer work in class­rooms, libraries, and with var­i­ous fundrais­ers. She lives in San Diego.

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