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The Story of Passover Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; 1st edition (January 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807121355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807121351
  • ASIN: B000VYN78M
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 8.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,043,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This reissue of Simon's 1968 holiday book tells the story of the Israelites leaving Egypt and introduces the elements of a contemporary Passover Seder. "This volume will prove most useful as a family-shared reference. An excellent introduction to Passover for non-Jews," said PW. Ages 7-10.
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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4. A welcome reissue of Simon's Passover (Crowell, 1965; o.p.) with a text quite similar to the original in terms of organization, but with phraseology changes that provide for a smoother, less abrupt flow, and new illustrations. A major change from the original is the substitution of more gender neutral forms within the context of the celebration. In some cases, references to men and women and their traditional roles are omitted or changed to "people." Other pleasant additions include recipes for making the symbolic charoseth and matzoh balls and instructions for making place cards for the Seder table. The discussion of the Samaritan Passover celebration in Jordan has been omitted. Weihs's oil-on-gesso illustrations are attractive and effective. The artist's characters sport soft yet angular features with rounded faces hosting deep set and penetrating eyes. This title bridges the gap between the more simplistic treatments found in Miriam Nerlove's Passover (Whitman, 1989) and Marilyn Hirsh's I Love Passover (Holiday, 1988; o.p.); David Adler's A Picture Book of Passover (Holiday, 1982; o.p.) provides more of a historic description and less about the celebration itself. Biblically accurate and factual, Simon's book brings the Passover celebration to life for both Jewish and Gentile children.?Celia A. Huffman, Worthington Public Library, OH
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa A. Lappen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
This 29-page story, originally published in 1965, provides a straightforward accounting of the Passover story, most appropriate for non-Jewish children who want to understand the celebration.

It explains the holiday that happens each spring, when Jewish people the world over celebrate their freedom from slavery with a Seder meal. Six pages are devoted to the Passover story itself--of how, more than 3,000 years ago, Egypt's ancient Pharaoh enslaved the Jewish, God brought ten plagues upon them and Moses led them forth to freedom and into the promised land.

Several pages are also devoted to how Passover is celebrated today.

The only weakness is that the text is dry. It doesn't convey the joy and spirit of this happy holiday.

--- Alyssa A. Lappen
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Will Riddle on March 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I recently was going through a stack of library books on Passover, and I came across this one. It is a cute little book but the text is formatted so that it is not exactly kid-friendly... one very long paragraph that takes up an entire page, every two pages. Moreover, I was not exactly thrilled that one of the pages mentioned "some people believe it [the Exodus] happened exactly as it is written in the Bible. Others believe that the story has changed in the telling for it was not written down until a thousand years later. They call it a legend." I felt that this implied that the biblical account was not true or trustworthy. And also that someone other than Moses authored the book of Exodus.

The book also mentions the later date for the Exodus, between 1300 and 1250 B.C. While this is perfectly orthodox, I just thought that those who believe in an earlier date should know.

If neither of these two things bother you, it is a very nice book. Covers the basic information well with nice illustrations.
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Passover Seders are one of the most important events in the Jewish religion and community. This book first published in 1965 may need to be updated to today's audience. The book at times reads like the movie plot for the classic film, "The Ten Commandments," with Charlton Heston as Moses.

The book has lovely pictures and explanation in detail about the Passover holiday. Why does it mean so much to so many people whether Jewish or not? There are Christians who also separate the Passover as well with their own Seders.

It would be nice for the book to be more inclusive of people who aren't Jewish as well. The book describes the holiday which can range from household to household and cultures as well. Passover here is briefly explained for it's children audience, Jewish or not. The book does a fine job and offers recipes as well in the end. Overall, I liked it but it could be better.
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By jeh on March 28, 2010
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This is well suited for Christin children learning about Old Testament Passover so they can understand how it relates to the Last Supper and the Mass today. It also informs Christian children how and why the Jewish tradition of Passover is celebrated. It is simply told with beautiful illustrations. I would recommend this little book for all faiths.
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