Reviews for Jodie's Passover Adventure

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
Aspiring archaeologist Jodie leads her cousin Zach through Hezekiah's Tunnel which Jodie purposefully explains was "built to keep the City of Jerusalem safe." The story covers new (subterranean) ground, but Zach's easily resolved anxiety provides the only conflict, and readers seeking a Passover story will find only incidental references to the holiday. The stiff illustrations competently reflect the text.

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 May

K-Gr 4--An Israeli girl aspires to be an archaeologist like her dad. Wishing to share her passion with her cousin Zach during his Passover visit, she takes him through King Hezekiah's Tunnel, a buried water passage built in ancient times to keep Jerusalem safe in case of attack. Equipped with a flashlight and matzah sandwiches, Jodie and Zack set off and solve a riddle, find an ancient coin, and have a successful outing. Many picture books about Israel offer a whirlwind tour of famous places, so this more in-depth look at a single site is welcome. The story showcases the excitement of digging up the past and Jerusalem's fascinating history. As in Jodie's Hanukkah Dig (Lerner, 2008), the holiday tie-in is weak and serves as an unnecessary hook; both stories are relevant year-round. The watercolor illustrations are pleasant if a bit static, but do not always reflect the text. In particular, the story describes the children as splashing through a very wet tunnel while the illustrations show them walking on a dry, smooth floor. Nitpicks aside, this upbeat story will appeal to young adventurers, history buffs, and armchair travelers.--Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library, Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL

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