The Golden City: Jerusalem's 3,000 Years

The Golden City: Jerusalem's 3,000 Years

by Neil Waldman
     
 

Neil Waldman brings the colors and contrasts of Jerusalem's ancient buildings and distant hillsides to life in The Golden City: Jerusalem’s 3,000 Years. Filled with history, and even a time line, The Golden City takes readers on a trip into the past, starting with the year 1004 B.C.E. Waldman's beautiful illustrations of Jerusalem's hillsides and aging

Overview

Neil Waldman brings the colors and contrasts of Jerusalem's ancient buildings and distant hillsides to life in The Golden City: Jerusalem’s 3,000 Years. Filled with history, and even a time line, The Golden City takes readers on a trip into the past, starting with the year 1004 B.C.E. Waldman's beautiful illustrations of Jerusalem's hillsides and aging structures capture this city of mystery, a city that has attracted pilgrims for many centuries.

Editorial Reviews

Jewish Book World
A succinct, illustrated history of Jerusalem begins with Moses, then on to David and Solomon, the Babylonian exile, the Jewish return to Jerusalem, the fall of the Second Temple, the entrance into Jerusalem of Muslims and Christians who built their own holy sites, and up to the present time. Evocative watercolor and colored pencil artwork. An excellent introduction to the history of this great city with simply stated, detailed information.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Waldman has written and illustrated a golden book that captures the physical city, taken by King David, the spiritual city, holy to three religions, and the mystical city that has drawn pilgrims for centuries. A timeline at the end of the book summarizes the city's history. The book has only about thirty (unnumbered) pages, but each one is perfect.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-This succinct illustrated history of Jerusalem from King David's time to the present day successfully introduces the panorama of religions and cultures that have formed the city's heritage and created its mystique. Waldman also conveys the senselessness of centuries of political strife that has formed layer upon layer of abandoned architecture, leaving in its wake destruction and hatred between Israel and some of its neighbors. Although it is brief, the text carefully explains why Jerusalem is so important to Jews, Christians, and Moslems by detailing its occupation over the centuries, with just enough information to satisfy youngsters with little or no historical background. The narrative is further elucidated by full-page colored-pencil drawings on watercolor backgrounds that show views of the city at various times in its history. The Golden City provides clearer, more detailed information than Karla Kuskin's Jerusalem, Shining Still (HarperCollins, 1987), which uses simple language but seems to be written more for its poetic style than for informational purposes.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Ilene Cooper
It doesn't seem possible to condense 3,000 years of history into 32 pages, but Waldman does a creditable job and provides some beautiful artwork as well. Beginning with Moses, Waldman moves quickly to David's designation of Jerusalem as his capital. David's son, Solomon, made Jerusalem a showplace, but eventually the Babylonians overran the city and the first Jewish Diaspora occurred. Later, the Jews returned and rebuilt the city, which has remained their home. In the centuries that followed, Jerusalem was a holy city for Muslims as well as Christians. Rather surprisingly, Waldman gives only several sentences to the recent strife in the city, and one has the feeling that he's steering clear of controversy throughout. Still, this does give children an idea of the importance of this religious capital, and they will be taken with the evocative watercolor-and-colored-pencil artwork that captures both the physicality of an ancient city alive in its stones and the dreaminess of a place filled with centuries of longing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689800801
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Pages:
30
Product dimensions:
8.31(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Neil Waldman has created paintings for many books for children, including The Starry Night, The Two Brothers, and Masada, all of which he wrote. He lives in Greenburgh, New York.

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