Sunday, June 7, 2015

Book Review: Jodie's Shabbat Surprise by Anna Levine, Illustrated by Ksenia Topaz

Jodie's Shabbat Surprise (Hardcover)*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****

Jodie is an amateur archaeologist. She wants to become a famous archaeologist one day though, just like her dad. She thinks her dog Digger will be able to help her more fully develop into that profession, but what he comes back with after she asks him to go and fetch certain things seems like that idea is hopeless. She takes him for a walk one day and he wanders away. The place he wanders away to opens up an interesting discovery for her and eventually her father, so maybe he is not so hopeless to have around helping her after all!

This book does a great job of bringing the archeology profession more alive to children. It is advertised for children ages 5-9, which I think are usually the ages children start learning about jobs that people have, which is why I think this topic will fit for children of those age groups. I loved how it describes how people used a wine press in ancient Bible days! Even though this story was fictionalized, it was great to learn that there is truth behind it, since it is based on a true story about the first dog in history to discover a major archeological site in Israel.

My review = 5 out of 5 stars

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

Page Count= 32
Details= Full color illustrations
Age level= 5-9
Grade level= K-3

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