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A Queen in Jerusalem

A Queen in Jerusalem

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In Jerusalem, in the early 20th century, a little girl named Malka—"queen" in Hebrew—dreams of dressing up as Queen Esther. It is the festival of Purim, and all the kids are looking forward to celebrating in their costumes. But Malka's mother doesn't have time to prepare a Purim costume for her. Where can Malka get a costume in time for the holiday? Originally published in Israel.



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Author: Tami Shem-Tov & Rachella Sandbank
Illustrator: Avi Ofer
Ages: 3-8
Grades: PreK-2
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"This delightful picture book provides a window on Israeli culture as an angry little girl stomps off from home when her mother has no time to make her desired Purim costume. Malka (queen in Hebrew) is determined to be Esther at the holiday dressed in golden threads. She angrily pounds through Jerusalem with a heart as cold and grey as the weather. She stumbles into a courtyard where a sculptor works and meets a pivotal historical person, Boris Schatz, the Russian immigrant who founded the first art school in Jerusalem. He leads her through the building introducing her to student artists of all kinds who collaborate on her outfit: weavers, goldsmiths, sculptors, and painters. The art school is named for Bezalel, the artist in the Tanach who designed the Mishkan (though the text incorrectly gives him credit for designing the Temple). The story’s text does not set the time, but in the opening picture her mother is hanging laundry on a line. The flap notes the tale is early 20th century, while the endnote reveals Schatz founded the still active school in 1906. This lighthearted romp brings interesting information about the development of cultural life in Israel in a seamless blend of fact and fiction supported by humorous art. The authors/illustrator are the same team that brought us the equally delightful A Concert in the Sand about the founding of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra." - Association of Jewish Libraries 
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  • 9 1/4 x 11
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