As a young girl prepares for Passover with her family, she uses all her senses to experience this important Jewish holiday. Everyone in her family answers her questions (which are an integral part of Passover) and playfully encourages her to understand more deeply what they are celebrating. Her father tells her that it is important for Jewish people to celebrate Passover every year so that they can always remember what it was like when people were slaves in Egypt, and so they can pray for all the people in the world who don't have freedom. The girl learns that Passover has things to see (feathers, candles, and spoons), smell (gefilte fish and chicken soup), taste (matzah bread), hear (songs and blessings), and feel (the softness of the silk matzah cover). Passover is a time to ask questions. But most of all, she says, Passover is "a wonderful feeling in my heart, dyenu." (Hebrew for "it would be enough.")
Cathy Goldberg Fishman's gentle, lilting child's-eye-view of Passover is a quiet extravaganza of the senses. Melanie W. Hall's wonderfully Chagall-like collagraph and mixed-media illustrations create a mystical backdrop that evokes history and tradition as it commemorates ancient symbolic ritual. This is one of four in a series by the author/illustrator team, including On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, On Hanukkah, and On Purim. (Ages 5 to 10) --Emilie Coulter
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3. A comfortable picture-book introduction to a beloved holiday. A young girl shares the preparations and the rituals that are part of the traditional Passover seder. The sights, smells, tastes, sounds, and feelings of the observance are conjured up by a rhythmic text that conveys information and recreates the joy of the celebration. The motion and muted colors of the appealing collagraph and mixed-media illustrations glow with the warmth of the occasion. The different textures and hues naturally blend together pictures of the narrator's family with religious and biblical images.?Amy Kellman, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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