Yuvi's Candy Tree

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

In Ethiopia, Yuvi dreams of a land where water flows, bread is plentiful, and candy grows on trees. But it is only after a difficult journey that she arrives in Israel, where it appears that her dreams have come true.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-01-01
Text Type Fiction
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.5 x 9.75
Lexile 470
ATOS Reading Level 2.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 144343
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed


  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2012
  • Canadian Jewish Book Award - Koffler Arts, Nominated, 2011
  • Be'chol Lashon Media Award, Winner, 2011


Kirkus Reviews

“Large, mostly double-page paintings in soft yellow, tan and blue hues on a textured canvas reflect the intrigue, emotion and difficulty of the journey. Uncomplicated language expressed in a direct and honest voice plus vibrant illustrations make Israel’s Operation Moses easily accessible for early-elementary children.” —Kirkus Reviews

Jewish Journal

“The bright and beautiful illustrations help depict this true story, designed for children aged 5 to 9. Readers young and old will be moved by this endearing tale.” --The Jewish Journal

Publishers Weekly

“Though neither the story nor the author’s note explicitly state why the refugees are fleeing Ethiopia (mostly famine), readers should finish the book with a strong sense of their strength, faith, and determination.” —Publishers Weekly

Author: Lesley Simpson

Lesley Simpson is a Canadian journalist and picture book writer. Her previous books include The Shabbat Box and The Purim Surprise. Lesley has taught journalism and creative writing at Canadian universities. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

Illustrator: Janice Lee Porter

Janice Lee Porter was born and raised in Chicago. She has a BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from California State University, Chico. She is the illustrator of over two dozen children's books and is an art faculty member at Shasta College in Redding, California, where she teaches painting and drawing. She lives in Chico, California.