It was so great to be invited to show my work at the North Suburban Synagogue Beth El. Rachel Kamin and Marcie Eskin did so much to make the exhibit and my trip so memorable. It was a treat speaking to the kids in their 2d, 3rd, and 4th grade classes, as well as, presenting my work to the community at large. The children were super curious and a pleasure (the adults, too).
I also had the opportunity to present my books The Miracle Seed and The Tattooed Torah via Zoom to Ms Capitão-Tavares' classes in Toronto, Canada. They had great questions and were very curious about the writing and illustrating process.
Just received this sweet thank you note from the Earth Heros class at the University of Chicago Lab School.
It's a thrill knowing that thousands of children will be receiving copies of The Miracle Seed this Tu B'Shvat, the New Years of theTrees. I got a preview when Daniel Alcheh, the super talented composer of the score for The Tattooed Torah sent me a photo of his daughter's copy a few days ago.
I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to show original work from my books at the Reissman Kol Ami Museum at Beth El in Highland Park, IL. The show began in November but will still be up for another couple of weeks.
Everyone is welcome to come to the reception and artist talk.
I'm also looking forward to be speaking to the kids at other times that week. It might be cold in Highland Park but it's an exciting time to celebrate Tu B'Shvat, the New Year of the Trees!
Happy to share new educational materials for The Miracle Seed created by Ann D. Koffsky. It's really wonderful!
You can access it through the TPT website. Just click on the image below.
Happy to see that The Miracle Seed was chosen
as one of the best Children's Books for 2023!
While not a biography per se, The Miracle Seed by Martin Lemelman tells the true story of an ancient Judean date palm seed found at Masada and the two women scientists, Elaine Solowey and Sarah Sallon, who coaxed it back to life. Told in a graphic format, the book provides context and history of the Jewish people in the land of Israel including a timeline beginning with the erection of the First Temple in approximately 957 BCE. An epigraph quotes Genesis Rabbah as stating, “There is no plant without an angel in heaven tending it and telling it, ‘Grow!’” Another quote, from C.S. Lewis, says, “Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.” This is a book for anyone interested in Israel (ancient or modern), botany, or, simply, miracles.
Here's a link to a recent video interview about The Miracle Seed.
It was fun speaking with Professor Mel Rosenberg of the NBN Network out of Israel.
The Miracle Seed is mind-blowing. I can’t wrap my mind around how it’s real. And I don’t know, if I had read only a news article about it, that I would have understood the significance of it quite like I do having read this book. I googled “Judean date palm.” I read the Wikipedia article. I read a couple of news articles and press releases. They just don’t capture how history is literally brought to life. They tell the facts, but Martin Lemelman and The Miracle Seed tells the story with all of its thematic depth and glory. This is the perfect book for schools—Arbor Day read, anyone?—or for anyone with kids interested in archaeology, science, or plants.
Life Is Story website
“The Miracle Seed” not only reads like an adventure but also exudes an optimism of the kind that children ages 8-14 deserve."
The Wall Street Journal
"The Miracle Seed is a highly recommended book for children, parents and grandparents, who will be entertained and educated by this delightful story of renewal against all odds. It’s a very different and refreshing look at Israeli ingenuity, science and connection to the indigenous flora of the homeland. "
The Jerusalem Post
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