It's Israel's Birthday!

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 1
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Board a make-believe plane and fly with our preschoolers to Israel to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut. Join them as they float in the Dead Sea, munch on felafel, shop for souvenirs at the shuk and tuck prayers into the Kotel. Put on your party hat and march in the Happy Birthday, Israel parade!

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 1
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Social Studies
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Publication Date 2014-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.3
Reading Counts! Points 1.0
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF049110, JNF038080
Dewey 394.262
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 570
Guided Reading Level M
Features Reviewed


AJL Newsletter

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AJL Newsletter

The Horn Book Guide

Photographs by Tod Cohen. A preschool class celebrates Yom Ha’arzmaut, Israel’s birthday, by taking a make-believe trip. Clear photographs and simple text show the children pretending to visit a kibbutz, a Jerusalem market, the desert and Dead Sea, and Tel Aviv where they march in a parade. A few facts about life in Israel are included and instructions for making “Israel’s Birthday Hats” are appended.

School Library Journal

“This entry in the ’It’s Time’ series of Jewish holiday photo-essays is a charmer. Adorable preschoolers, including children of Asian and African descent, take a pretend trip to Israel to celebrate Israeli Independence Day, a common practice in Jewish schools across North America.”
School Library Journal

Author: Ellen Dietrick

Photographer: Tod Cohen