Ella's Trip to Israel

  • Interest Level: Preschool
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Excited Ella and her stuffed monkey, Koofi, take a family trip to Israel. Ella enjoys visiting all the famous places in Israel, but Koofi experiences Israel in his own special way!

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Interest Level Preschool
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2014-01-01
Text Type Fiction
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.375 x 8.125
Guided Reading Level L
ATOS Reading Level 2.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 144324
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Original artwork and Reviewed


Jewish Book World

“Ella, along with her parents and her stuffed animal Koofi the Kof (monkey), fly to Israel. On the plane Ella spills mango juice on Koofi. As the smiling stewardess wipes the juice off Koofi she says, ‘Eyn ba’aya. No problem,’ which becomes a refrain throughout this delightful book. Ella and her family visit the Kotel where a boy accidentally rips Koofi’s tail to which Ella’s mother says, ‘Eyn ba’aya,’ as she sews the tail back on Koofi. When the family visits an outdoor market in Tel Aviv, Ella drips tahini on Koofi to which her mother exclaims, ‘Eyn ba’aya,’ as she cleans Koofi’s fur. At the Dead Sea, Koofi, along with the other tourists, gets covered in mud and in the Gallil, Ella squirts Koofi with milk as she milks a cow. After each incident the phrase ‘Eyn ba’aya’ is repeated. When the family returns home and looks at their picture album they realize that Koofi’s stained fur is a reminder of the places they visited in Israel. Akemi Gutierrez’s pastel watercolor drawings of happy people compliment the text. There is one small inaccuracy in the drawings. Ella’s mother wears a green sleeveless blouse and yellow skirt throught the book. She would not have been permitted to approach the kotel without covering her arms. This once inaccuracy does not detract from the enjoyment of the book. It is also curious that there is never a depiction of an Israeli flag at any point. Ella’s Trip to Israel is a simple travelogue of Israel for the very youngest readers.” —Jewish Book World


“Newman’s simple story (with its frequent ‘Eyn ba’aya’ refrain) will appeal to young listeners, and Gutierrez’s pastel, cartoon-style illustrations are well suited to the laid-back, yet upbeat, story.” —Booklist

Chicago Jewish Star

“The illustrations are simply delightful.” —Chicago Jewish Star Magazine

Author: Vivian Newman

Vivian Newman has an M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education and a certificate in Jewish Early Childhood Education from Hebrew College. In addition to writing, she is an Educational Consultant for PJ Library, an initiative of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Her previous chldren’s books include Ella’sTrip to Israel and Tikkun Olam Ted.

Illustrator: Akemi Gutierrez

Akemi Gutierrez was an assistant animator for Walt Disney Features, where her films included Mulan, Pocahontas, and Tarzan. Now a full-time children’s book illustrator, drawing and painting are her favorite things to do. Akemi lives in Los Angeles, California.