Author/illustrator Uri Shulevitz spent the early years of his life, from the age of four, wandering
with his family, in search of a home. From war-torn Warsaw, Poland to the Central Asian city of
Turkestan in the Soviet Union to Paris, France to Tel Aviv, Israel, and finally to his permanent
home in New York City.
Likewise, many of the characters in his books travel too. The Fool of the World sets off in search of
a flying ship. The young boy in How I Learned Geography uses a map and his imagination to travel
the world. Benjamin of Tudela journeys for fourteen years to the far reaches of the known world
and back again to Spain. In The Treasure, Isaac travels great distances to the Royal Palace in search
of a treasure that he finally finds under his own stove. And the young hero of When I Wore My
Sailor Suit sets off on an imaginary journey to distant lands as the captain of a sailing ship on both
calm and storm tossed seas.
Opportunities abound for social studies curriculum connections as well as language arts (reading,
writing, and research) and visual art connections. Invite your students to join you on a journey of
fun, learning, and imagination!