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Saturday, February 10, 2024

Book Review: Brother's Keeper-A Comic Book about an Old War... And a New One

As Israel is in the middle of its most difficult -and long- war since the War for Independence in 1948, I must say that the timing of Brother's Keeper by Arnon Z. Shorr is beyond perfect. 

When I first read it, I knew that I needed to involve children in the review, but then it took me awhile to find the right kids and get their parents' permission.

Brother's Keeper is based on a true story about Shorr's grandfather who had been seriously wounded in the battle for Kibbutz Ramat Rachel and survived. Today Kibbutz Ramat Rachel is a suburb of Jerusalem. Click here for Shorr's story about writing Brother's Keeper.

In many ways, Brother's Keeper reads like a classic short story, which makes it a good book to be used in the classroom for teaching literature in English speaking countries, or English as a foreign language where needed. I'm sure that my yeshiva high school students, during my teaching days, would have enjoyed the story and learned additional English vocabulary at the same time. No doubt many would have shared their own family stories. 

Brother's Keeper is a good history book for youngsters. It should be bought by schools, if not to be used in the classroom, at least available in the library. And of course, it's an excellent gift for children, both boys and girls. As you can see in the sample page, the illustrations aren't childish, and neither is the story.

Definitely, during these difficult times, we all need to read such positive stories. The added bonus is that it's a true story.

The Hebrew version of the book available as an e-book on Amazon

In the US, physical copies can be ordered here: http://tinyurl.com/brotherskeepercomic 

All over the world, the eBook is available here: https://amzn.to/48E6OtJ 

For educators, we’ve prepared an educator’s guide: http://tinyurl.com/brotherskeeperedguide

For more purchase information, click here.

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