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Welcome to Israel
by Elma Schemenauer
Readers are introduced to the basic geography, topography, history, people, culture, climate, and industries of Israel.
Table of Contents
- Where Is Israel?
- The Land
- Plants and Animals
- Long Ago
- Israel Today
- The People
- City Life and Country Life
- Schools and Language
- Fast Facts About Israel
- How Do You Say
- Further Information
- Dewey: 956.94
- Graphics: Full-color and historical photographs
- Reinforced book (9781592969173): 9.5 x 8, 32 pages, © 2008
- Subject: Natural Sciences
- Series: Welcome to the World
- Suggested Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
- Suggested Reading Level: Grade 3
- Guided Reading Level: S
- ATOS Reading Level: 4.8
- ATOS Interest Level: LG
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 116456
- Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / Language Arts / General (JNF029000)
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / General (JNF038000)
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / Travel (JNF058000)
A Review of "Welcome to the World" in Children's Bookwatch
Reviewed on 1 May 2008
Children around the world have as much in common as their cultures have diversity in custom. ‘Welcome to the World’ is a superbly written and illustrated series specifically designed for students in grades 2 through 6, and features a text written at a third grade reading level. Each of the twelve titles comprising this globe-spanning, 32 page, fully illustrated (full color as well as historic photographs) series showcases how children live in a variety of different countries. Each book addresses what these countries are like, how the people live, the languages that are spoken, and what the children do for fun. There are recipes, key native-language phrases, words to national anthems, informative sidebars, detailed maps, a glossary of key words and phrases, websites and other research resources, and more. Although each book is individually available, both school and community library systems should acquire the entire set for the benefit of their young students and patrons.
A Review of "Welcome to the World" in Jewish Book World
Reviewed on 1 December 2007
Aimed at children in the primary grades, this is a copiously illustrated overview of Israel that will be acceptable for introductory information and simple reports. Illustrated with maps and many color photographs, it is arranged topically into such subjects as location, geography, flora and fauna, history, nationhood, people, etc. The information is accurate, printed in large type, with ample margins. Reference aids include fast facts about the country, a pronunciation guide, a glossary, short list of books and websites, and an index. It is more fluently written than Adele Richardson’s Israel (Creative Education, 2006), which was reviewed in the Sept/Oct 2007 edition of the AJL Newsletter and would be a good follow-up to Sammy Spider’s First Trip to Israel and My Cousin Tamar Lives in Israel.
Author: Elma Schemenauer
At age eight Elma Schemenauer wrote a poem about spring, put it into a bottle, and threw it into a pond on the western Canadian wheat farm where she grew up. This was her first foray into writing and publishing, which have been her passions ever since. Elma received her education at the Universities of Saskatchewan and Toronto, and at Briercrest Bible College. Not sure how to become a writer, she began her working life as a teacher, teaching in Saskatchewan, Montana, and Nova Scotia. Eventually she moved to Toronto to pursue her dream of getting into publishing. Over the course of her career, she has edited numerous books, as well as writing more than 60 of them, many for young people. Her books, which have been published in the United States and Canada, reflect her varied interests including history, geography, biography, literature, cooking, camping, values, religion, and ethnic minorities. Blue Flowered Oilcloth, one of Elma's current works in progress, is an adult novel about prairie Mennonites of the 1940s.
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- Detailed maps
- Glossary of key words
- Informative sidebars
- Sources for further research
- Suggested websites
- Table of contents