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.