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The Life of an Olive

D. Yael Bernhard

The olive tree lives on a grassy slope in the Galilee. Since it first sprouted from a pit, it has been touched by people, and provides them with precious oil, fruit, wood, medicine, shade -- and even a place to hide secrets. Since the beginning of civilization, these ancient, shapely trees have shaped history itself. With a lifespan of two thousand years or more, an olive tree may be tended by generations of the same family. This book explores the life of one such tree through twenty centuries of upheaval and change, and the people who inhabit its world -- and find peace in the shade of the olive tree. ****D. Yael Bernhard is the illustrator of three-dozen children's books and the author of nine -- including fiction and non-fiction, natural science titles, and multicultural folktales.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Heliotrope Books LLC
  • Publish Date: Nov 1st, 2016
  • Pages: 38
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.50in - 8.50in - 0.25in - 0.72lb
  • EAN: 9781942762287
  • Recommended age: 06-09
  • Categories: Science & Nature - Trees & ForestsHistory - AncientReligion - Biblical Studies
Praise for this book
*******"A journey through history from the perspective of an olive tree that has held its ground for almost 2,000 years. Beautiful art enhances this well-told story." - David A. Adler, Award-Winning Children's Book Author******** ********"A thought-provoking historical saga and lyrical celebration of humanity and nature, all told through the story of an ancient olive tree. Bernhard's virtuoso illustrations are detailed and informative, and poetically evoke the unique light and form of the Galilean landscape." - Avi Katz, Award-Winning Children's Book Illustrator and Cartoonist, The Jerusalem Report******** ********"With a 2,000-year-old olive tree as silent witness and as a symbol of peace, Bernhard has created a beguiling testament to the abiding presence of Jews in Israel. Her artwork is richly detailed, and her narrative is both authoritative and reverential." - Lawrence Bush, Editor, Jewish Currents******** ********"The steadfast, ancient olive tree is our witness to 2,000 years of history in the Land of Israel in this evocative book by D. Yael Bernhard. Carefully researched and beautifully illustrated, 'The Life of an Olive' teaches us about the remarkable olive tree, central to the economy and ecology of the Holy Land, incredibly long-lived and resilient . . . a Tree of Life, indeed!" - Rabbi Jonathan Kligler, Kehillat Lev Shalem: Woodstock Jewish Congregation********