Recipe and Craft Guide to Israel

Laya Saul
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By – April 24, 2012
This book begins with a brief intro­duc­tion to the coun­try of Israel and explains that the hol­i­days of Israel revolve around the Jew­ish cal­en­dar. It address­es ten hol­i­days and gives a brief expla­na­tion of each fol­lowed by a recipe for a tra­di­tion­al hol­i­day food and a craft that ties in with that hol­i­day. The accom­pa­ny­ing pho­tographs illus­trate each hol­i­day well and some of the recipes include step-by-step pho­tographs as well as instruc­tions. The crafts are fun and sim­ple enough for chil­dren ages eight and up to do their own. Younger chil­dren can do the craft projects with help from an old­er child or an adult. The kitchen tips rec­om­mend adult assis­tance for var­i­ous activ­i­ties. The recipes are authen­ti­cal­ly Israeli and when pack­aged food is shown, it is from Israel with Hebrew writ­ing on the labels. Some of the recipes may not appeal to chil­dren. While they may be inter­est­ed in mak­ing haman­taschen, no-bake cheese­cake and egg chal­lah with raisins, per­haps they would be less excit­ed about cook­ing cholent or spicy fish. This book is appro­pri­ate for chil­dren ages 8 – 14. Chil­dren 12 and up should be able to fol­low the recipes with some supervision.
Dana Bjorn­stad is a moth­er of three and a teacher. She taught mid­dle school for 13 years — read­ing, social stud­ies, sci­ence and art. She cur­rent­ly sub­sti­tute teach­es all grade lev­els and subjects.

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