Keeping the Promise

A Torah's Journey

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Follow the incredible journey of a small Torah scroll from a Dutch rabbi to a Bar Mitzvah boy during the Holocaust and finally to Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut, who died on space shuttle Columbia.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Nonfiction, Picture Books, Social Studies
Copyright 2003
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2003-08-01
Dewey 296.4'615
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7.875 x 10
Guided Reading Level R
ATOS Reading Level 4.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 78799
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
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Library Media Connection

“This is a story that must be told…This story is a wonderful launching point for discussions about World War II, the Holocaust, or even the Columbia explosion tragedy.”

“‘Keeping the Promise’ is a beautiful book with a beautiful message.”

School Library Journal

“This book belongs on the shelves of Hebrew day schools and synagogue libraries nationwide. Paired with Barbara Sofer’s Ilan Ramon: Israel’s Space Hero (Kar-Ben, 2004), it will give students insight into a true hero’s journey as well as a lesson in history and humanity.”
School Library Journal

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Ramon is a significant and compelling figure to many, and this emotional, fact-based story puts that impact into context as well as giving it a worthwhile narrative.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Author: Tami Lehman-Wilzig

Tami Lehman-Wilzig is an award-winning author of 14 picture books, including Keeping The Promise and Soosie, The Horse That Saved Shabbat. Born in America, she lives in Kfar Saba, Israel, with her husband, where she shares her love of stories with her grandchildren.

Illustrator: Craig Orback

Craig Orback is a freelance children's book illustrator living in the Northwest and received his B.F.A. in illustration from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle in 1998. He has illustrated Nature's Paintbox, The Can Man, Keeping The Promise: A Torah's Journey, and other award-winning children's books. He teaches children's book illustration and oil painting at several local colleges. In his free time he enjoys painting landscapes and sharing his books with kids during school and library visits.