Zvuvi's Israel [NOOK Book]


Can you find Zvuvi the fly? He is hiding! With clever text and colorful pictures, Zvuvi takes readers on a tour of Israel, buzzing through the modern cities, ancient ruins, and nature preserves from north to south. Children can search for him hiding on the ski slopes of Mount Hermon and in the salty waters of the Dead Sea. A great way to introduce young children to the sites and sounds of Israel!

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Can you find Zvuvi the fly? He is hiding! With clever text and colorful pictures, Zvuvi takes readers on a tour of Israel, buzzing through the modern cities, ancient ruins, and nature preserves from north to south. Children can search for him hiding on the ski slopes of Mount Hermon and in the salty waters of the Dead Sea. A great way to introduce young children to the sites and sounds of Israel!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Zvuvi and Zahava, two flies who live in Israel, travel the country showing readers historical, cultural, and natural sites. They have a few close calls with flyswatters, but for the most part enjoy zoos, beaches, cable cars, and other locales. Detailed paintings give a good sense of place, although the flies are usually out of proportion to the environments in which they are depicted. On several pages, readers are challenged to find tiny (almost too tiny) images of Zvuvi or Zahava that have been incorporated into long-shot scenes—hints are provided in the back matter. The detailed pictures, small font, and busy layout make this a book best pored over individually. A map at the front marks cities and other places mentioned in the text. However, it does not delineate or mention the West Bank or Gaza Strip. This whirlwind, very simplified tour covers a lot of ground. With only a sentence or two about each site, there is no way to provide context or connection. The book will be best appreciated by kids who are familiar with Israel or who have a passion for armchair travel, but it does not have enough story line to draw in casual readers. The use of flies as protagonists may, unfortunately, reduce the book's appeal to older children.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
Kirkus Reviews
Zvuvi the fly and cousin Zahava lead a tour of Israel's sights and historical venues from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, from the coastal beaches of Netanya and Eilat through Haifa and the Galilee, north and south to Tiberias and the Dead Sea. Topaz's joyfully rendered watercolor scenes accompany a chatty text with both tour guides leading the way. Readers are alerted to the wonders, beauty and history while also asked to search for the "tour flies" as they are hidden within the various scenes. This oversized format, with its many, layered views of the country, will serve as a good introduction for anyone planning a visit with children. The peculiar choice of the word "species" for a series of Israeli foods may lead kids to conclude that nothing else grows there, and Yad Vashem is oddly absent from the many sights. Still, Zvuvi and Zahava are likable guides, and the overall design and wealth of information make this a friendly introduction to the country. (map, glossary) (Informational picture book. 6-9)
Children's Literature - Sara Rofofsky Marcus
In this Jewish version of "Where's Waldo," children learn about the State of Israel while locating Zvuvi in busy pictures. Unlike the "Where's Waldo" books, this book has a storyline and takes the reader on a tour of modern-day Israel, interspersed with visual Where's Waldo-esque activities. The whimsical nature of the story attracts children without detracting from the informative nature of Zvuvi's travels throughout modern-day Israel, providing a geographic narrative and education. It covers all areas of Israel in-depth, with a focus on children's interests in landmarks and information rather than an adult's view. A lack in this book is recognition of the non-Jewish people and places in Israel, lending the book a decidedly Jewish bias. The colorful imagery draws the reader's attention while the minimal text provides valuable knowledge, whether one is planning a trip to Israel or simply wants to learn more. While lacking specific addresses, this can almost be used to help plan a trip to Israel. Reviewer: Sara Rofofsky Marcus
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480478596
  • Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

Born in the United States, Tami Lehman-Wilzig now lives in Israel. She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature and an MA in communications from Boston University. She is one of Israel’s leading English-language copywriters. Her children’s books include Tasty Bible Stories, Keeping the Promise, Passover Around the World, Hanukkah Around the World and Zvuvi’s Israel. She lives in Petach Tikvah, Israel.
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  • Posted November 21, 2009

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    a "fly's eye view" of Israel

    How would you like to take a "straight-as-the-fly-goes" tour of a foreign country? Author Tami Lehman-Wilzig enables us to do exactly this. Zvuvi, which means "fly" in Hebrew, is just that-a fly! He meets his cousin Zahava at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, Israel, and together they zoom to various other cities in Israel, such as Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Eilat, stopping to see various sites along the way, including the Soreq Cave, Dor Beach, Upper Galilee, Mt. Hermon, Qumran (where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found), and the Dead Sea. Jewish children will especially be interested in learning more about these places, but even a lot of non-Jews who have studied the events recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures will enjoy seeing what many of those places are like today. There are both a glossary to explain the meanings of certain words used in the text and a map to help follow the route that Zvuvi and Zahava take. Also, on several pages, many of the colorful illustrations by Ksenia Topaz contain a "find the fly" exercize that kids will like to do (and if you can't find them, there are some hints on the last page). This is a really neat book to get a "fly's eye view" of the nation of Israel.

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