My Cousin Tamar Lives in Israel

Michelle Shapiro Abra­ham; Ann D. Koff­sky, illus.
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By – December 16, 2011
A young Jew­ish boy fron North Amer­i­ca com­pares his dai­ly life to that of his Israeli cousin. He com­pares their homes, hol­i­day rit­u­als, and neigh­bor­hoods. For instance, on Purim, he relates how he goes to tem­ple and dress­es up in cos­tume, but in Israel, Tamar and her friends wear their cos­tumes all day long, and even the bus dri­vers dress up!” The book uses con­cise lan­guage to high­light the sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ences between the cousins’ lives. The illus­tra­tions are bright and col­or­ful, giv­ing a friend­ly and wel­com­ing view of Israel. My Cousin Tamar Lives in Israel com­pares liv­ing in a Jew­ish home to liv­ing in the Jew­ish home­land. It is a great way to intro­duce life in Israel to young chil­dren, espe­cial­ly those with rel­a­tives or friends liv­ing there. Ages 3 – 6.
Rachel Ros­ner is the Direc­tor of the Jew­ish Book Fes­ti­val in Rochester, NY. She also runs Jew­ish Fam­i­ly Pro­grams for the JCC, and has worked there since 1994. She holds a degree in Ear­ly Child­hood Edu­ca­tion from Syra­cuse University.

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