Everybody Says Shalom

by Leslie Kimmelman

Other authorsTalitha Shipman (Illustrator.)
Book, 2015



Call number

E 820 KIM



New York, NY Random House, 2015


A spirited picture-book tour of Israel takes readers to the Old City of Jerusalem and modern Tel Aviv, the desert and the sea, Roman ruins, the Biblical Zoo, a kibbutz, and much more. Lively, rhyming text and vibrant, colorful illustrations offer young readers a trip through this old-new land of many contrasts, cultures, and customs. Readers can also look for a mischievous gecko that plays hide-and-seek in the scenes. The end pages include interesting historical information and other facts about the places visited. Perfect for reading aloud and ideal for any child interested in other countries and cultures--and for armchair travelers of any age!

User reviews

LibraryThing member KristyPratt
This book is about a family who visits Israel, where everybody says Shalom. I had mixed feelings about this book. I liked the illustrations a lot, they were done in beautiful watercolors. I also liked that there was a hidden gecko on each page spread, named Gili. These two aspects were the only
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thing things I really liked about the book. The first page, there is a small introduction where the gecko introduces himself and explains that Shalom means hello, goodbye and most importantly, peace. The font is so small, however, that it wasn’t until I read through the book a second time that I even noticed him or the paragraph. The text is very confusing and hard to follow. For example, the beginning says, “When in Israel…everybody says shalom!” Then, the book goes on to say on the next page, “Going out…or coming home.” “Right to left and left to right.” This pattern of simple words on each page continues, with some rhyming and some not, but because it does not flow or seem to make sense, you forget what they are talking about. This is why I had to read it a second time through. I do like the idea of it having “peace” as a theme, but this not evident unless you read the introduction and realize that shalom or “peace” is being implied throughout Israel. Then, at the end, the family shown on each page leaves in a taxi to fly home. I had to again, go back to the beginning of the book to realize that they had flown there in the first place. If I has paid very close attention to the illustrations, the text would have made more sense. However, unless an adult is walking a child through this story, the main message will be lost most likely.
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LibraryThing member pataustin
A teeny gecko on the first page introduces readers to what is meant by the term "Shalom": In Israel people use it for hello, goodbye and for peace. A travel book for the youngest set, what's most appealing about this title is the watercolor illustrations which truly paint a picture of daily life in
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Israel. They show the clothing, some woman headscarves, some without, street cafes, the signs with an oh-so-foreign looking alphabet to American kids, buildings which provide a sense of the architecture. It's also significant but subtle that in one illustration, there is a person in a wheelchair. It's important that people with disabilities are there as a part of our world, ultimately increasing acceptance and heightening awareness that people in wheelchairs are not "the other."
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LibraryThing member melodyreads
great end notes, telling about places in Israel
LibraryThing member memaldonado
In Israel everyone says shalom. Shalom means peace, but it is also of way of greeting someone or saying good-bye. The book provided illustrations of life in Israel, and what cultures live in Israel. Jewish, Christians, and Muslims live in Israel. The market, catacomb, zoo, the Chagall Windows, the
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Dead Sea, the Masada and the Western Wall is displayed. The book provides historical details about Israel, and the author notes provides the description of these historical artifacts. Children could learn a lot about Israel from this book. For an activity, I would ask them to write down some facts about Israel.
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LibraryThing member raizel
Nice rhyming introduction to many colorfully illustrated sites in Israel.
LibraryThing member allisonpollack
Summary: This is a picture where the characters are traveling throughout Israel and are taking in the sights as they travel. The family in the book travels to a dozen different landmarks including a kibbutz, which is a type of farm and where people harvest all of their food. The family in the book
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also stops in the Old City of Jerusalem, the modern city of Tel Aviv and to the Dead Sea.

Personal connection: I learned that shalom could mean hello, goodbye, or peace. I always thought that was very interesting, and think that the students would like that too.

Class use: Have students talk about words that could have more than one meaning. Homophones are words, which have the same pronunciation, but different spellings and meanings. Have them explore these words.
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LibraryThing member MeganSchneider2
The book is almost poetic in the sense that it flows together through rhyming. It teaches you about Israel. Cute book. In the back you can learn even more about Israel through the "Around and About in Israel" section.


0385383363 / 9780385383363

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