Jewish Values: Jodie's Hanukkah Dig

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Publication Year: 
2008
Number of Pages: 
32 p.
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Like Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride, this picture book is set in Israel but has very little Israeli content. Rather, it focuses on a little girl who wants to be an archaeologist like her father and who gets her chance when he takes her during the Hanukkah vacation on a dig to Mod'in, the home of the Maccabees. Jodie alone is small enough to be lowered into a cave the archaeologists have discovered and in doing so, she conquers her fear of spiders and uses her sharp eyes to find an arrow that may once have belonged to the heroes of old. Having proved that she is as brave as a Maccabee, Jodie returns home with dad just in time to light the first Hanukkah candle. A pleasant story that emphasizes a young child's competence is enhanced with expressive illustrations that do very little to bring the Israeli setting alive.
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ISBN: 
978-0-8225-7391-3
Book ID: 
1265
Sydney Taylor Winner: 
No
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