Rachel Kamin is the Director of the Joseph and Mae Gray Cultural & Learning Center at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, Illinois. A past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, Rachel is currently the co-editor of Book Reviews for Children & Teens for the Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter. She holds a BA in history from Grinnell College and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Michigan.
Sabrina: The Girl With a Hole in Her Heart
Ten-year-old Sabrina lives in Zanzibar with her mother and sister. A hole in her heart prevents her from running and playing with the other children. But luckily, the doctors from Save a Child’s Heart arrive near her village and offer to fly her to Israel for the much-needed surgery. Accompanied by an Israeli nurse, Sabrina leaves her family behind and journeys to Israel. At the Save a Child’s Heart house, she meets children from all over the world. Her surgery is a success and after recovering, she is able to tour the country before returning home. Colorful cartoon illustrations combined with echocardiogram images, photographs, diagrams, and text boxes complement the narrative. More information about Save a Child’s Heart is appended along with a detailed explanation of Atrial Septal Defects and instructions for making a heart pump and stethoscope. The font, layout, and design have an amateurish, self-published look but parents or religious school classes looking for more information on charitable organizations in Israel (and possible recipients of their tzedakah collections) will appreciate this offering. It also nicely highlights one of the many ways that the Israeli medical profession comes to the aid of patients around the world. For ages 6 – 9.
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