We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2017 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year.
Two years ago, I featured Miroslav Sasek’s travel books here for Nonfiction Wednesday. This time, I would revisit his portrayal of Israel, because it is perfect for our current reading theme.
This Is Israel
Written and Illustrated by: Miroslav Sasek
Published by: Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. This edition first published in 2008 by UNIVERSE Publishing. Copyright by Miroslav Sasek in 1962. ISBN: 0789315955 (ISBN13: 9780789315953)
Book borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.
In this book, Sasek’s portrayal of Israel is that of a holy, promised land. Much of the text is actually culled from Biblical passages as he started off with:
“And see the land, what it is; and the people that dwelleth therein.” (Numbers 13:18)
Think of this book as a scrapbook of memories. While the reader gets valuable information about Israel, it is done in such a pictographic format that the reader can not help but be in awe of the city’s beauty:
and its people:
It really is like taking a grand tour of the city with Sasek as your guide. If anything it made me want to see Israel at least once in my lifetime.