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Engineer Ari series

Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride  A Rosh Hashanah story based on the first historic train ride from Jaffa to Jerusalem in 1892, shortening the journey between the two cities from 3 days to 3 hours. Engineer Ari's train is coming to Jerusalem collecting goodies along the way to celebrate the Jewish new year, and he learns an important lesson along the way.

Engineer Ari and the Sukkah Express   As Engineer Ari drives his train to Jerusalem, he stops as friends along the way help him gather branches and fruit for his backyard Sukkah. When the Sukkot holiday begins, he is sad that those friends aren't with him to join the celebration. But what surprise do his pals Jessie and Nathaniel have waiting for him at the train station? 

Engineer Ari and the Hanukkah Mishap  Hurrying home to celebrate Hanukkah, Engineer Ari screeches his train to a halt to avoid hitting a stubborn camel sitting on the tracks. The camel's Bedouin owner invites Ari to his tent to await help, where the two have an impromptu Hanukkah celebration, and become friends. 

Engineer Ari and the Passover Rush Engineer Ari rushes to complete his final train ride to Jerusalem before Passover begins, but will he run out of time before collecting all the items he needs for the seder plate?

 

Recognition

Sydney Taylor Honor Book Winner 

PJ Library Selection of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation 

 

Praise for Engineer Ari

"This book gets a high-five for teaching your child all about friendship and compassion. This one's a keeper that your child will enjoy reading over and over again." Stories for Children magazine

"All aboard for delicious historical fiction perfectly grounded in the emotions of its targeted readers. Author Cohen uses the 1892 inauguration of Israel's first steam train to focus on friendship hurt feelings, teshuvah, the symbols of Rosh Hashanah and the flora and fauna of central Israel. Whew! Heavy duty values delivered with a light touch of words and adorable illustrations." AJL Newsletter

"It's not every day you find a good Rosh Hashanah book for kids - one that's fun to read, pleases the eye and conveys a simple moral. But, 'Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride' . . . does all three." The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California"

Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashana Ride teaches youngsters about the importance of kindness, personal responsibility and forgiveness. Bodin Cohen has not only recerated an important historical event, she seamlessing connects the event to an essential aspect of Judaism. . . a wonderful ride for pre-school and primary students, and school libraries." Jewish Book World

"If there is a youngster at your table this holiday, this story is sure to delight and enlighten." Cleveland Jewish News

 
 
Links for the Engineer Ari Books: 
 
To visit the website of Shahar Kober, Engineer Ari's illustrator, please follow this link
 
To download a Reading Guide from the PJ Library for Engineer Ari & the Rosh Hashana Ride, please follow this link
 
To learn about the Israeli Railway Museum, follow this link

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