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:
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