Thursday, February 16, 2017

Book Review: A Concert in the Sand by Fami Shem-Tov and Rachella Sandbank, Illustrated by Avi Ofer

A Concert in the Sand
This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.

Uri is bored hanging out at the delicatessen his mom and dad operate. He spends the day with his grandmother instead. Even though there is a communication gap between them because she only speaks German, Uri discovers a little bit about what she is thinking as he spends time with her. They start out at the beach and then find themselves on the street, the park, the site of a building being constructed, and a parade they become a part of brings them to an auditorium to hear an concert by an orchestra!

This story shows that a day hanging out with a grandparent and learning about their interests can be very interesting and fun! I found it interesting that this is fictionalized story about the first ever performance of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Bronislaw Huberman, the founder of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, makes an appearance in the orchestra as a violinist. In my opinion, this is a great way to teach children about the history behind the orchestra through the story itself, the illustrations, and the historical note in the back of the book.

My review = 5 out of 5 starsI received this book free for the purpose of reviewing it.

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