Warm, real­is­tic illus­tra­tions drawn by the author, pre­sent­ed in a care­ful­ly lim­it­ed palette evoca­tive of Israel, accom­pa­ny the text in per­fect tandem.

Adven­ture Girl: Dabi Digs in Israel

by Jan­ice Hechter

Review the Jewish Book Council at https://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/book/adventure-girl-dabi-digs-in-israel

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.

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