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From Publishers Weekly

In her affecting but message-driven debut children's book, da Costa relays the story of two boys who live in Jerusalem's Old City Avi in the Jewish Quarter and Hamudi in the Muslim Quarter. A fluffy white cat wanders between the homes of the two boys, relishing the scraps each feeds her. Then weeks pass without any sign of the cat, alarming each boy. Looking skinny and dirty, the cat at last visits Avi, who then follows her to Hamudi's neighborhood, where the youngsters begin to argue, each claiming the cat is his. As a rare snowfall begins, the boys stop bickering and, fearing that the beloved animal will freeze, follow her through Jerusalem to a dark alley where they discover four kittens in a box. As the mother purrs loudly and rubs against the boys, they conclude, "She does not want us to fight.... She wants peace." The watercolor art by this husband-and-wife team (Mei-Mei Loves the Morning) balances precise, close-up portraits of the boys with softly focused backgrounds that depict the various cultural nuances of the setting. A glossary defines the Hebrew and Arabic words integrated into the text. Ages 6-10.

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K-Gr 3-As the problems in the Middle East continue to rage, this didactic story of finding common ground and a way to make peace seems both simplistic and apropos. Both Avi, who lives in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, and Hamudi, from the Muslim Quarter, love the white stray cat they feed. After she disappears and reappears, Avi follows the feline and discovers Hamudi feeding her. As they argue about ownership, snow begins to fall, and she runs away. Predictably, when they find her, she has four new kittens, which they argue over and finally agree to share, each taking two of them home. The narrative flows smoothly, and da Costa's language makes the story seem more a legend or folktale than a modern tale. The watercolor-and-pencil illustrations are done in a realistic style that suits the narrative, but the boys look alike except for their different jackets and the fact that Avi wears a yarmulke. The endpapers, which depict the old city with the Wailing Wall and the Dome of the Rock practically touching, are quite effective. School libraries may want to consider this serviceable title for opening discussions about the Middle East.

Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Series: Albert Whitman Prairie Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; 1 edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807575259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807575253
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
At it's heart, this book is about two children who find a cat, fight over it, and learn to share. But the backdrop of Jerusalem and the conflict between Jews and Palestinians makes it a very special read.
The illustrations are wonderful, and the words exceptional.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Snow In Jerusalem is a thought-provoking children's picturebook written by Deborah da Costa about two young boys who live in Jerusalem's Old City - Avi in the Jewish Quarter and Hamudi in the Muslim Quarter. Though neither boy knows it, both of them are caring for the same, beautiful white stray cat. One day the boys follow the cat across the boundaries between the city's quarters, and something wonderful happens, as unexpected as a snowfall in Jerusalem. The muted, softly blurring yet endearingly memorable color illustrations by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu bring to life this gentle parable. Snow In Jerusalem is an uplifting, very highly recommended children's story with a core message of hope and love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K - teacher on July 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I think Snow in Jerusalem is a heart warming story. It brings two young boys together who are from differnt religions, one Jewish and one Muslim. The story includes colorful illustrations that represent the old city of Jerusalem and its different sections. Another aspect of this story that I like is the glossary. Throughout the story both boys speak a few words in Arabic and Hebrew. The glossary offers definitions and a pronunciation guide.
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By justin case on September 13, 2015
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This book is a wonderful edition to my son's multicultural/religious book category...this was suggested reading By Isra Hashmi, Saturday, 11th April 2015 for the "10 Must Have Books for Muslim Children" and it is definitely worth to buy...I love how the author makes a parallel with each boy...they both say the same thing to their cat and has the same feelings that this is their cat and she is a miracle from God. to Avi, his mom states, " my love, are you feeding that cat again?"his mother teased from the kitchen window. "We'll never get rid of it now!"Butf Avi loved this fluffy white cat. "there is no other cat like you in all of Jerusalem, " Avi whispered. "you are a miracle-a gift from Hashem, the Holy One." later Hamudi's Mom says, (the Muslim boy's mom)" Hamudi, my darling, are you feeding the cat again? his mother teased from the open doorway. "It will never leave us now!" But Hamudi loved the silky white cat. "There is no other cat like you in all of Jerusalem," he whispered. "I know you must be a miracle-a gift from Allah!"
so the story continues until one day Avi follows his cat to Hamudi and an argument errupts of who's cat it is? Finally she shows them that she has 4 kittens which they end up agreeing to share because they are not thinking about their differences anymore rather about the wellbeing of the kittens and that it is upsetting to the mama cat to see them fighting...So this is a simple and beautiful story about overcoming your differences for the wellbeing of others. Very poignant and hear warming...it is not biased towards eather religion...My 6year old son loved listening to it and guessing what is gonna happen next. It is important for me to point out that I have a BS in Special Ed.
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