Do your kids love a great story? Do you wish there were a way
to really communicate the culture of life in Bible times in our
high-tech industrialized society? If you can answer both of these
questions with a resounding yes, you will not be disappointed with Joanna
of Jerusalem by Edith Cutting.
This is the adventure of a teenage Jewish girl as she is kidnapped
while attempting to protect her family's business. She must fight
to get reunited with her family. The journey brings not only adventure
but a stirring of Joanna's soul. An internal struggle ensues surrounding
whether she will honor past traditions of her culture or what she
comes to realize that her heart desires. The strength of her relationship
with her family and her respect for them makes the decision all
the more difficult.
Our family enjoyed this book on many levels. It gave us a bird's-eye
view of the Jewish custom of being betrothed and all that it meant
to a young girl and her family. The adventure and romance throughout
the story creates an allure for the tweens, teens, and even adults
in your home. There are many twists in the plot that keeps your
On a more concrete level, the text is a bit larger, making it
an inviting tale for middle to older elementary children to pick
up and read on their own. An added benefit of purchasing Joanna
of Jerusalem is that it, like many other books by Tate Publishing,
comes with a special download code. This wonderful perk enables
you to download an audio version of the book from the publisher's
website completely free of charge. As a homeschooling family on
the go, this means easy listening in the car by the whole family.
It can also mean a way of entertaining a younger child by letting
him listen on an MP3 player while the older kids finish school.
It is also a way to make this adventure available to your auditory
learner or struggling reader. This feature made an already wonderful
book become a true winner in our home.