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Many informative titles explain Passover to young children, but none actually follow the seder's order, as this beautifully rendered offering does. In a companion to Hanukkah Haiku (2008), Ziefert provides a simplified adaptation of Exodus, a description of holiday preparations, and a concise Haggadah, or service for this ritual meal. Throughout, Ziefert contrasts current practice (“Now . . . we eat a mixture of apples, nuts, raisins, and wine”) with ancient origins (“Then . . . Israelites were forced to make mortar and bricks for the Pharaoh's pyramids”). The seder portion of the text explains “Now” on the left side, surrounded by a decorative border similar to those used in traditional Haggadahs. The right side depicts the described symbol from a contemporary seder; lifting the flap explains “Then”—the item's historical origins. On every page, Gudeon's Chagall-like paintings exhibit a folkloric style. Deborah Heiligman's Celebrate Passover (2007) offers a more global perspective of this holiday, but this title is one that families with young children will appreciate and want to own. Preschool-Grade 3. --Kay Weisman
Harriet Ziefert lives in South Orange, New Jersey, and alternates between New Jersey and Massachusetts for holiday celebrations.
Karla Gudeon's artwork is displayed in galleries and distinguished collections throughout the United States and abroad. She lives in New York with her family and specializes in the making of one-of-a-kind Jewish wedding ketubahs.