This fascinating graphic novel follows a biblical tree’s return to life. Indeed, the Judean date palm has been restored to nature through a patient, painstaking process that’s seen remarkable success.
Martin Lemelman’s story, which could otherwise be a staid account documenting the research and replanting of a seed, in fact takes readers on an exciting adventure. It gradually incorporates historical data, research techniques, and archeological information. It is a fabulous tale with dynamic illustrations that enhance the journey without overwhelming it or diminishing its impact. And despite its depiction of the tragic destruction of Jerusalem and the martyrdom at Masada, the book is, on the whole, positive, hopeful, and joyous.
Lemelman skillfully weaves together the unlikely story of the efforts of two female scientists with the contributions of archeologists. The result is an account that is so fascinating that readers, adults and children alike, will be amazed at how much information they have absorbed.
Award-winning journalist and freelance writer, Helen Weiss Pincus, has taught memoir writing and creative writing throughout the NY Metro area to senior citizens and high school students. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Record, The Jewish Standard, and other publications. She recently added “Bubby” to her job description.