Adventure Girl: Dabi Digs in Israel
by Janice Hechter
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By Ellen G. Cole – July 8, 2021
Dabi’s parents see her as a tomboy. They want her to be a little lady, particularly now, when visiting grandparents in Israel. But Gaby enjoys digging in the dirt; she sees herself as an adventure girl confronting slime, bugs, and worms. Because she is visiting Israel, a perfect place for digging in the dirt, Dabi becomes known as a hero, even as she continues to see herself as an “adventure girl”.
Kindred spirit Aunt Gili takes Dabi to a special place in Israel called the Beit Guvrin National Park. which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you dig to find Israel’s many world-famous archeological treasures. Dabi is happy to dig in the dirt for the day; she does not expect to uncover any objects, but she does! She is startled to realize that the ring she finds is 3500 years old. Dabi becomes a hero for uncovering this ancient artifact. The ring will help reveal how people lived long ago. She receives a special certificate.;her parents are pleased, her aunt is proud, and Dabi is thrilled to be true to herself. She shines as a model to young girls to follow their chosen paths.
Warm, realistic illustrations drawn by the author, presented in a carefully limited palette evocative of Israel, accompany the text in perfect tandem.