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A Concert in the Sand

Written by: Tami Shem-Tov & Rachella Sandbank Illustrated by: Avi Ofer / Publisher: Keter Books

Distribution: March 2020

Where is everyone going? And what is in those black cases they are carrying? Through the eyes of a young boy, we walk towards the beach with his grandmother in 1936 Tel Aviv, to join a historic event: The first performance the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in the dunes of the city. A book about vision, courage and the love of music.

Family Activities

A Concert in the Sand invites us to learn about a real-life event: the first Philharmonic Orchestra concert held in Tel Aviv in December 1936


Classroom Activities

Dear Parents,

 A Concert in the Sand invites us to learn about a real-life event: the first Philharmonic Orchestra concert held in Tel Aviv in December 1936. It was a festive and exciting occasion in the small town of Tel Aviv, conducted by famous Italian maestro Arturo Toscanini, and attended by the British High Commissioner and President of the Jewish Agency, Haim Weizmann. When the High Commissioner entered the hall, the orchestra played Hatikva as well as the British national anthem. It was comprised of top musicians who came to Israel from Europe thanks to Jewish violinist Bronislaw Huberman.


Enjoy reading this book together!

פעילות בחיק המשפחה

  • You may want to read this book together, pause, and ask your child to tell you what they think is happening at that point in the story. How far along were you when you figured out where the grandmother and grandson were going, who the people in the black suits were, and what their cases contained?
  • The grandmother and grandson in this book are spending time together. A special connection is often forged between children and their grandparents, that is unlike the relationship between parents and children. Can you recall a special time spent with your grandma or grandpa? You may want to share your childhood memories with your child, and discuss their relationship with their grandparents, aunts, or uncles.
  • The authors depict the concert in the sand through a detective story, in which the grandmother does not tell her grandson where they are headed. Having read the book together, you may want to suggest playing a game in which your child will take you somewhere without disclosing your destination. Your child can prepare clues along the way, much like a treasure hunt.
  • During the first concert, the orchestra played pieces by Schubert, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and others. What kind of music do you like listening to? Does anyone in your family play a musical instrument, or is learning to play one? Having read this book together, you may also enjoy attending a concert together, or even holding one of your own at home. There are many roles to be played at a family concert – musicians, conductor, and audience.
  • Not too many people know the story of Bronislaw Huberman. Numerous men and women have been courageous and done great deeds for which they have not become famous. Perhaps you can think of another historical figure that you have heard about or known personally, whose story you would like to share with your child. You could even make a short storybook about them, and send it to us.

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