The Mystery of the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Mystery of the Dead Sea Scrolls

by Hagit Allon, Lena Zehavi
     
 

2005 Sydney Taylor Book Award, Notable Book

A child’s discovery of the mystery and wonder of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

A delightful story about Daniel, eleven-years-old and living in Jerusalem, who aspires to be a detective. When assigned to do a school project on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Daniel discovers there are even bigger mysteries to be solved. His

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2005 Sydney Taylor Book Award, Notable Book

A child’s discovery of the mystery and wonder of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

A delightful story about Daniel, eleven-years-old and living in Jerusalem, who aspires to be a detective. When assigned to do a school project on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Daniel discovers there are even bigger mysteries to be solved. His investigation takes him to the Shrine of the Book at The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, where he gets his first clues, then on to Qumran in the Judean Desert, where an archaeologist guides him through the place where the scrolls were found. Yossi Abolafia’s lighthearted illustrations accompany full-color photographs that bring this story to life, as we get to know Daniel, his family, and the people he meets along the way. Young readers will learn about one of the world’s most exciting and important archaeological finds, and will get a feel for life in Israel today, while they enjoy following Daniel's progress on his “big case.”

Ages 8 and up

 

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Bookwatch

“A wonderfully accessible way to engage young readers into the unique and fascinating story of the Dead Sea Scrolls . . . an entertaining, informative, and enthusiastically recommended picture book story.”—Children’s Bookwatch
Jewish Education Matters

“A captivating combination of fact and fiction...introduces youngsters to ancient Jewish history, as well as Israeli landmarks, with a style all its own. A great book to read with children under eight, or for older children to enjoy on their own.”—Jewish Education Matters: A Publication of the Center for Jewish Education
Jewish Book World
“The photographs are sensational! . . . The writing style is peppy and the information is presented accurately and with clarity.”—Jewish Book World
Ottawa Jewish Bulletin
“An excellent and highly readable introduction to one of the most amazing archaeological finds in Jewish history.”—Ottawa Jewish Bulletin
Children's Literature
Daniel lives in Jerusalem and is eleven years old. His nickname at school is "Professor" and his dream is to become a detective. He only thinks of solving real mysteries of burglary and murder. While working on a school project about the Dead Sea Scrolls, Daniel learns that there are many mysteries to be solved. This is written in the first person narrative and I found the style made the character so very believable. After meeting the curator of the museum, Daniel learns the history behind the Scrolls and is filled with such excitement that he is able to talk his parents into a trip to the Judean Desert. While there, Daniel meets a man preparing for an archaeological excavation and he and his family are given a private tour of the caves. As the day is coming to a close, Daniel's young brother Jonathan makes a discovery that changes everything. I can't believe this book teaches so much history in such an entertaining way. I wonder where this book should be categorized on shelves. Should it be in mysteries, history, adventure, fiction or nonfiction? Readers will also learn about life in Israel today and what happened in the country long ago. This book will be enjoyed by both boys and girls, and should be included in all classroom libraries, as students will learn painlessly. This is a fantastic book! 2003, The Jewish Publication Society, Ages 9 to 14.
—Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Allon and Zehavi offer a bare-bones introduction to a topic that is quite complex; their use of a fictional story as a vehicle for information lowers the potential age level of the audience. In folksy narrative, Daniel, an 11-year-old Israeli boy, recalls how he obtained information for a school report on the Dead Sea Scrolls. During two visits to the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum he examines the ancient texts on exhibit, visits the library, and learns how the scrolls were discovered and a bit about their history by following a tour guide and talking with a curator. Finally, Daniel drives with his family to Qumran, where the scrolls were found, and learns about the Essenes-a religious sect of men whom many scholars believe wrote the texts-from an archaeologist. Abolafia's curious superimposition of cartoon figures on color photos-especially those photos that include real people-is jarring. Ilene Cooper's The Dead Sea Scrolls (HarperCollins, 1997) offers a more thorough, sophisticated introduction to the scrolls, their meaning and history, and some questions still debated by scholars.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780827608009
Publisher:
Jewish Publication Society
Publication date:
02/10/2004
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
60
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
8 Years

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