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[Nonfiction Wednesday] Israel through Miroslav Sasek’s Eyes


Myra here.

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 IsraelIMG_2336

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.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Singapore. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she serves as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads or meeting up with her book club friends, she is smashing that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life.

1 comment on “[Nonfiction Wednesday] Israel through Miroslav Sasek’s Eyes

  1. lindabaie

    It looks like a wonderful book that will introduce Israel to young readers, Myra.Thanks!


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