Jewish Values: And Shira Imagined
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Wildly fanciful color illustrations, representing a child's imagination, alternate with realistic black and white sketches of places in Israel. They tell the story, along with a brief text, of an American family's visit to Israel. With each sight they see - Tel Aviv, Caesarea, a kibbutz, King David's Tower in Jerusalem, to name a few - Shira imagines that the stuffed toys from her bedroom back home are there, too. Young children delight in this classic picture book, which introduces them to Israel while appealing to their imaginations through familiar objects like toys.
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