Sukkot Trea­sure Hunt

Alli­son Ofanan­sky; Eliyahu Alpern, pho­tog­ra­ph­er
  • Review
By – November 2, 2011
From the author of Har­vest of Light comes anoth­er fan­tas­tic pho­to essay that brings Israel to life in a family’s cel­e­bra­tion of Sukkot. Read­ers will join the fam­i­ly and oth­er com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers as they cre­ate a sukkah, and jour­ney to col­lect the nec­es­sary ele­ments to cel­e­brate Sukkot: the lulav, aravot (wil­low), hadas (myr­tle), and etrog. The hills of Tze­fat pro­vide the beau­ti­ful set­ting for many of the pho­tos, intro­duc­ing the land­scape of Israel in a refresh­ing way. The sto­ry ends with a fam­i­ly meal in the Sukkah. The pho­tographs are stun­ning and the accom­pa­ny­ing text is suc­cinct and read­able, per­fect for a read aloud in school or at home. A Fun Facts” and About Sukkot” sec­tion at the back of the book add to the edu­ca­tion­al val­ue of the book. The only weak­ness of an oth­er­wise out­stand­ing book is the lack of a full-view pho­to­graph of the com­plet­ed sukkah. For ages 3 – 8

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Bar­bara Bietz is a free­lance writer and children’s book review­er. She is cur­rent­ly a mem­ber of the Syd­ney Tay­lor Book Award Com­mit­tee. Bar­bara is the author of the mid­dle grade book, Like a Mac­cabee. She has a blog ded­i­cat­ed to Jew­ish books for chil­dren at www​.Bar​baraB​Book​Blog​.Blogspot​.com.

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