A Feather, a Pebble, a Shell

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Pub Date May 07 2024 | Archive Date Apr 30 2024
Lerner Publishing Group | Kar-Ben Publishing ®

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Description

Whenever the author-illustrator runs in a field, climbs a hill, or swims in the sea in Israel, she looks for something small to hold in her hand. She finds a basalt pebble from the ice-cold Dan River, formed from lava over 100,000 years ago. Israel's national bird, the hoopoe, leaves a feather in the grass at HaYarkon Park. Dead hood coral grows in the Red Sea, where fish play hide-and-seek. She holds small things in her hand and then leaves them in their habitats . . . for the reader to find.

Whenever the author-illustrator runs in a field, climbs a hill, or swims in the sea in Israel, she looks for something small to hold in her hand. She finds a basalt pebble from the ice-cold Dan...


Advance Praise

"Captures the beauty and diversity of Israel. Librarians and teachers will want to include this book in units about Israel and nature and may take inspiration for a local nature walk."—Association of Jewish Libraries

"Captures the beauty and diversity of Israel. Librarians and teachers will want to include this book in units about Israel and nature and may take inspiration for a local nature walk."—Association of...


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EDITION Hardcover
ISBN 9798765607749
PRICE $18.99 (USD)
PAGES 32

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A Feather, a Pebble, a Shell by Miri Leshem-Pelly

The author invites reader to “explore the landscape of Israel through the small, treasured objects a child finds in nature.” The tenderly illustrated book takes the reader throughout the landscape of Israel, showcasing beautiful natural features that a child can appreciate. Laced with facts regarding the topography and natural items, this book is a treasure itself. As a teacher, I would enjoy sharing it with my students and as a grandmother I look forward to sharing it with my grandchildren, introducing them to a land that I have come to love.

I highly recommend this beautifully written and illustrated book and I am grateful to the publisher for a complimentary copy in exchange for this, my honest review.

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As someone who lives in the US in the Midwest, it was really fun to see what the flora and fauna are like in a place as foreign to me as Israel. So much diversity in such a relatively small space! The illustrations are gorgeous and the lesson is perfect: enjoy and respect nature while you're enjoying your time outside.
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What a wonderful way to discover the landscape of Israel but also to promote being outdoors, discovering new rocks, shells, plants, animals, and including real facts that kids can understand. The illustrations are stunning.

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I enjoyed reading A Feather, A Pebble, a Shell, by Miri Leshem-Pelly. Having never been to Israel, but always wanting to go, it was fun to learn through the eyes of a child about the diverse natural landscape and the treasures each area offers. The illustrations were absolutely beautiful. I loved looking for the small creatures in the pictures that seemed to be watching the child make her discoveries. I thought the information in the boxes added to the book and I especially appreciated the author's message: explore and enjoy nature, and then leave what you find for the next person to discover and enjoy. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy of this book.

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This was such a fun and enjoyable read! It is one of my goals to visit Israel in my lifetime but for now I will learn through books. This book included beautiful illustrations and a look from a child's perspective the nature, landscape, and animals in Israel. I especially loved the little boxes in the bottom corner of the page that gave you informative facts that both parents and kiddos will enjoy.

Thank you so much Netgalley and the publisher for a free advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own

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What a fun story for young children who love nature and learning new things. The story is based in Israel and all the amazing pieces of the natural world can be found in this very small country. The main character visits different locations throughout the country from the sea to the open spaces to the caves to the canyons. At each location, she makes an interesting discovery of a feather or tree seed or a shell or coral. On the pages with the discovery, there is a small box with details explaining it. Much of the book could be read by young reader and an older reader can read the descriptive boxes. I enjoyed learning about the items found in this region of the world.
At the end of the book, there is an author's note with more details about Israel and how the author grew up there. There is also map illustration that shows where all of the eleven items mentioned in the book are located in the country.
If you are looking for a non-fiction children's book about nature and about a unique place in the world, I recommend this story. As a retired teacher and supervisor of student teachers, I am always looking for new books to share with the student teachers to expand their classroom libraries. I will be sharing this one!

Thank you Net Galley for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with this book in exchange for my review! All opinions are my own.

This was a cute book with lovely illustrations. I thought the storyline was engaging and I would've liked this book as a child. I thought the book was easy to read and would be entertaining for a child. I would consider buying this for a child in my life.



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A great book for children to learn about Israel! The author takes you through the country where the main character finds small pieces of nature while out. It also teaches you about each feather, pebble, and shell found. Beautiful story.

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