My Cousin Tamar Lives in Israel

My Cousin Tamar Lives in Israel

by Michelle Shapiro Abraham

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A cheerful American boy explains that everything he does in this country has a counterpart in Israel, where his cousin lives. The bright pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are an integral part of the text, since they provide the direct visual references. ("This is my home. This is my cousin Tamar's home.") The narrator then gives a one-sentence explanation of what he does with his family on various Jewish holidays. For instance, on Yom Kippur, he walks past open stores and speeding cars on his way to the synagogue. Tamar, on the other hand, walks to her synagogue through empty streets and closed stores. This book will be used often in Jewish preschools at any time of the year, but it will be especially in demand in May 2008, during the 60th anniversary of the state of Israel.
—Lisa SilvermanCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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