I'm pleased to be sharing another fabulous picture book: The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela by author Uri Shulevitz for Susanna Hill's Perfect Picture Book Fridays, which highlights reviews of picture books found to be perfect for librarians, teachers and parents. Along with review, a few links are included to integrate learning with the theme of the book. How neat is that? For more info on PPBF click the link here.
Title: The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela
Author: Uri Shulevitz
Publisher: Farrar Strauss and Giroux
Ages: 8 to Adult!
Genre: Historic Fiction
Themes: Travel, Sailing, Medieval World, Jewish History, autobiographies, diaries
Synopsis (from an Amazon reviewer):
Beautifully written and illustrated, The Travels of Bejamin of Tudela takes us on an incredible journey through the ancient Jewish world into the Diaspora nine hundred years ago. As the story unfolds, we visit one enchanting city after another and experience with our imaginations and amazing illustrations the sights, sounds, and smells of each beautiful and mysterious location. Don't miss this great adventure!
I like this book because: The Byzantine style illustrations and retelling of this true account in diary form, makes the reader feel he has joined Benjamin in his journey. Well done...history lovers will lose themselves in the pages!
Unfortunately, this beautiful book is out of print, but, a few used ones are in existence.
I'm always fascinated with the author's life, so here is a link to Uri's Amazon author's page and a list of his other books.
Links to Learning:
Jewish Religion and other major religions:
Jewish Learning Network:
I am a great admirer of Uri's work and this sounds unusual and enchanting. Thank you.ReplyDelete
You are welcome, Joanna. I've just discovered him recently, and now I'm a fan!!Delete
This sounds very interesting, Jarm. Thanks for introducing us to it!ReplyDelete
You are welcome. Beth!Delete
Must check this one out - thanks!ReplyDelete
Check out the link to Uri's author's page, too...he has written and illustrated many stunning books. Thanks for stopping by Julie!Delete
Lovely looking book. The Illustration is eye catching and I love historic fiction, especially of far away places. Just checked out a couple of his other books. Interesting!ReplyDelete
Good...I'm glad it encouraged you to pursue it further. Enjoy his other books!ReplyDelete
Those illustrations are breath taking. What a wonderful way to learn about Jewish culture.ReplyDelete
Yes, I agree Kirsten! That's what attracted me to this author/illustrator at the beginning of my search for good historic fiction PBs. Thanks for stopping to comment!Delete
Uri's work is beautiful and you've shared a wonderful list of resources. Thank you!ReplyDelete
I'm glad they were helpful, Heather...I enjoy searching for resources!ReplyDelete
Wow, what a gorgeous, interesting and educational book, Jarm. Beautiful art! And I love all the history and imagination. Thanks for adding it to our list!ReplyDelete
You are right, Susanna....beautiful artwork and history are a winning pair. Thanks for your encouragement!Delete
What a beautiful color. This book looks and sounds amazing.ReplyDelete
Yes, Penny...I love the vivid colors. They are as sharp as the story!Delete
This looks like a beautiful book. I like the artwork alot. And I am intrigued that it's an out of print book. that calls for a quest! Thanks for sharing this.ReplyDelete
Yes...I'm always ready for a quest, readingwithrhythm!!ReplyDelete
Jarm, this sounds like a real treasure. I fell in love with the story, cover and message. I love gems like this! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
It IS a treasure, Pat...I love Uri's text and illustrations. And I'm glad you do, too!Delete
The story and illustrations look enchanting. It looks a little old for my kiddo, but I fit into the age range. Yeah!ReplyDelete
I think the illustrations themselves would attract the little guys, but you are right, Stacy, adults and older kids can enjoy the text more fully. Thanks for your comments!Delete
Jarm...I love your focus for PPBF. You are introducing me to picture books that are unique and important. I will try to find a copy...this one looks beautiful. :)ReplyDelete
You are welcome, Vivian...I'm so pleased you are enjoying them. And, I hope you are able to find a copy...I need to do the same!Delete
Love the illustrations on this one! It's so nice to see these posts on picture books. I'm in that in-between stage where my kids are far to old for picture books, and there are no grandchildren on the horizon, so I appreciate reviews of good ones.ReplyDelete
Yes, you are right, Debbie....this is a good one for the in-between stage. I'll keep looking for more!Delete