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Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride : High Holidays - Deborah Bodin Cohen

Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride

High Holidays

Paperback Published: 1st September 2008
ISBN: 9780822586500
Number Of Pages: 32
For Ages: 4 - 6 years old

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A Rosh Hashanah story based on the first historic train ride from Jaffa to Jerusalem in 1892, shortening the journey between the two cities from 3 days to 3 hours. Engineer Ari's train is coming to Jerusalem collecting goodies along the way to celebrate the Jewish new year, and he learns an important lesson along the way.

There are a number of books about the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, but very few are set in Israel. This story is based on the trip of the first train from Jerusalem to Jaffa in 1897, shortening the time between the coast and the city from three days to three hours. Cohen turns this journey into a fanciful account of Engineer Ari, who is proud to have been chosen to drive the train; but his bragging annoys his coworkers. Ari heads past orange groves and palm trees, through wheat fields and around olive trees. Everywhere, he is greeted by happy citizenry who offer nature's bounty to him so he can bring it to the holy city. Despite his joy, Ari misses his friends, and by the time he arrives in Jerusalem, he realizes how he's hurt them. Since Rosh Hashanah is the time for apologies, Ari eagerly returns to make peace. The text is short, and the art is simple, but it gives a sense of agrarian life in those days of settlement. An author's note adds details.

--Journal

ISBN: 9780822586500
ISBN-10: 0822586509
Series: High Holidays
Audience: General
For Ages: 4 - 6 years old
For Grades: 1 - 2
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st September 2008
Publisher: Kar-Ben Copies Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 26.04  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.14