The Upside-Down Boy and the Israeli Prime Minister

The Upside-Down Boy and the Israeli Prime Minister

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Daniel likes to do things backwards and upside down. He walks on his hands, walks backwards, and eats cereal for dinner. His teacher reminds him that when he visits the Prime Minister's office, he must be on his best behavior. But when something unexpected happens, can Daniel resist his urge to do a headstand? Uh oh! What would the Prime Minister say?
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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 229 x 279 x 15.24mm | 272.16g
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • 1541534786
  • 9781541534780
  • 1,178,337

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The Upside Down Boy and the Israeli Prime Min-is-ter is an unusu-al book, filled with gen-tle lessons while telling a sto-ry sure to make a read-er smile.
Daniel lives in Israel. He is one of those admirable, won-der-ful kids who just has trou-ble sit-ting still; he wants to do things his own way and some-times that way includes dra-mat-ic phys-i-cal pos-es and inces-sant motion. His teacher and par-ents are under-stand-ing but try to con-vey the mes-sage that some-times bounc-ing around a room and stand-ing on one's head are not appro-pri-ate to the time and place.
A class field trip to the Prime Minister's office is planned and Daniel is encour-aged, remind-ed, and warned to behave prop-er-ly and to com-port him-self with dig-ni-ty while on the trip. He is asked to reflect glo-ry on his school, rather than embar-rass-ment or dis-com-fort. He tries hard to com-ply and suc-ceeds for a while -- until the guide, an assis-tant to the prime min-is-ter, drops a coin. Daniel, in an effort to be polite and help-ful, attempts to retrieve it but then finds him-self stand-ing on his head.
The unflap-pable assis-tant leads the class to a framed pic-ture of Israel's first Prime Min-is-ter, David Ben Guri-on, hang-ing on the wall. In the pic-ture, Ben Guri-on, a prac-ti-tion-er of yoga, is stand-ing on his head at the beach. The guide then flips into his own head-stand, assur-ing Daniel and the rest of the class that stand-ing on one's head seems to be excel-lent train-ing for those who hope to some-day run for the office of prime min-is-ter. The suc-cess-ful trip is capped by a spe-cial treat of upside down cake!
The illus-tra-tions are filled with col-or and move-ment, as well as real-is-ti-cal-ly quirky facial expres-sions which reflect the text. The humor in the sto-ry shines through the illus-tra-tions while not eclips-ing the mes-sage that the abil-i-ty to see things dif-fer-ent-ly has value.
Israel is a place where look-ing at issues from unusu-al per-spec-tives is admired and encour-aged. The read-er empathizes with Daniel's effort to restrain him-self, while cel-e-brat-ing the free-dom and cre-ativ-i-ty which is a hall-mark of Israeli soci-ety. This sto-ry, while both fun and fun-ny, reminds us all to be less hide-bound and rigid. Read-ers learn to under-stand one facet of Israeli soci-ety while they are hap-pi-ly amused and enter-tained. This sto-ry is rec-om-mend-ed for its light-heart-ed approach to Israeli his-to-ry and society. -- Michal Hoschlander Malen, Jewish Book Council-- "Website" (5/18/2021 12:00:00 AM)
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