Meg Goldberg's family was watching the Israel parade on a street in New York City it was going down. As Meg was watching as a spectator, she starts imagining ways that she could participate in the parade, ways that the people could use her help. She spends time with the mayor, some children, some camels, carrying an Israeli flag, humming Israel's national anthem, etc. She is also crowned Grand Marshall, which is a person in charge of the ceremony. When she and her family gets home from the parade she remembers the fun she had and what she imagined, or was it really in her imagination anyway since there is one piece of her dream that shows up soon after they get home? After the end of the story there is an author's note that explains what the annual Celebrate Israel Parade is and how long it has been happening. There is also a short list of words used located at the back of book to define some words used in this story that the children may have never heard before.
Meg's imaginary participation can show children what it may be like for people that participate with the Israel parade and to maybe help some children to start to dream about participating in it for themselves some day. I think it would be beneficial to read the author's note about the Celebrate Israel Parade either before or after the story so it will help children to visualize how a Celebrate Israel Parade might happen, even through Meg's imagination.
My review = 5 out of 5 stars
I purchased this book myself and I was not required to review it.