This book tells about the jobs of the people who lived in the Iron Age from1200 – 586 BCE, in the part of the world that is now Israel, the Palestinian territories, and parts of Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. It is heavily researched and part of the lively and engaging series called the “Jobs in History Series”. Life was tough in biblical times and the author and illustrator have a clever way of humorously portraying this factual information that will entertain young people. The book is broken down into 11 chapters, each chapter talking about a group of jobs including farming village jobs, royal jobs, city jobs, building and digging jobs, fiery jobs, crafts jobs, what-to-wear jobs, spicy, scented jobs, at sea jobs, religious jobs, and military jobs. The detailed timeline and thorough index will help with research projects. For ages 9 – 12.
Barbara Silverman had an M.L.S. from Texas Woman’s University. She worked as a children’s librarian at the Corpus Christi Public Libraries and at the Corpus Christi ISD before retiring. She worked as a volunteer at the Astor Judaic Library of the Lawrence Family JCC in La Jolla, CA. Sadly, Barbara passed away is 2012.