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Snow in Jerusalem

by Deborah da Costa
Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu

Published by Albert A. Whitman, 2001
32 pages
ISBN: 0-8075-7521-6

Ages 6 - 10

The Jewish boy Avi and the Muslim boy Hamudi don't know each other at the opening of this story set in the walled Old City of contemporary Jerusalem. But each boy knows and loves the beautiful white stray cat that comes to visit him regularly. When the cat doesn't show up for awhile, each boy becomes worried and goes in search of her through the ancient, ethnically diverse city, and that is how they meet. Once they find the cat, each boy wants to keep her for himself. But when they discover she has kittens and realize the free-spirited cat likes them both, they work out a peaceful resolution that suggests a future friendship. An author's note provides brief additional information on the history of Jerusalem and its diverse populations today. The full-color illustrations were created with watercolor and pencil. CCBC categories: Issues in Today's World; Picture Books for Older Children.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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