Jerusalem Sky by Mark Podwal
Stars, Crosses and Crescents

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Jerusalem–ancient home to Jews, Christians, and Muslims–is blanketed by a sky like no other. According to legend, the Jerusalem sky held off the rains for seven years while King Solomon built his temple. In the Jerusalem sky, the Bible tells us, a rising star announced the birth of Jesus. Through that same wondrous sky, Islamic belief holds, Muhammad climbed to heaven. In our own times, the Jerusalem sky fills with the sounds of worshippers praying for peace in the synagogues, churches, and mosques below. And each year new voices rise up to the Jerusalem sky, where so many miracles have been witnessed.
 

About Mark Podwal

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Mark Podwal is the author and illustrator of numerous books, including A Sweet Year. His art has appeared in publications such as The New York Times. He lives in New York City.
 
Published August 23, 2005 by Doubleday Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Thickly applied paint in vivid hues and fanciful, striking images lend an otherworldly perspective to the illustrations that accompany the poetic text that celebrates the richness of Jerusalem and its history as the holy city of some of the world’s religions.

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the Jerusalem skies did not rain during daylight for seven years so that the great Jewish temple could be built, and Muhammad rode through the sky "on a flying horse,/ then reached heaven/ on a stairway of light."

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The author focuses on the beauty of the city, and the hope engendered by a place where the three major monotheistic religions of the modern world "meet under the Jerusalem sky and merge their shadows."

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