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Passover: Celebrating Now, Remembering Then Hardcover – March 3, 2010

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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

About the Author

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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books; 1st edition (March 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609050207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609050207
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,512,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deborah Steinig on March 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Most Passover books focus on either the Exodus from Egypt or the seder ritual. This book attempts to do both. The format of the book follows its subtitle, "Celebrating Now, Remembering Then." The main pages of the book explain how Passover is celebrated, while fold-out pages tell the corresponding parts of the Exodus story. Large-print sentences give simple summaries appropriate for young children. The small print continues in more detail and uses the high-level vocabulary of standard haggadah translations. The text covers a lot of ground quickly, and seems intended not as an introduction but rather as a refresher for readers already familiar with Passover. The beautiful artwork is really what makes the book, and much is conveyed visually. Page borders of vines, flowers, and pomegranates display the traditional Jewish art style of ketubahs and illuminated manuscripts. The large fold-out illustrations depict the landscape of the ancient middle east. The violent parts of the story are portrayed graphically yet tastefully, gently nudging young readers to acknowledge the brutality of slavery and the miracle of redemption. Upon seeing these pictures, my six-year-old, who has read dozens of Passover stories, was struck for the first time that children were also slaves. My three-year-old found the burning bush visually arresting. (He also considered the fold-out pages to be lift-the-flaps, which helped the book hold his interest.) The upper age range of the book depends upon the reader's interest in art. I would generally recommend the book for ages four to eight, but I know that at least some of my fifth grade students would happily peruse these paintings, and I bought the book knowing that whether or not it was a hit with my kids, I would enjoy it myself.
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Format: Hardcover
For the littlest kids who are just learning about Passover, this is the book. I have recently gone through a large stack of Passover resources, and my kids (ages three through eight yrs) liked this one the most. It is so nice because each page has a fold out explaining just one aspect of the seder (i.e. the kiddush cup). My kids had all heard these terms before, but got their questions answered about each little thing. THis is definitely the way young children think, and they will benefit from the format of this book. The pages are friendly, the illustrations are beautiful, and it ties what we do now with what happened then throughout the book, one by one.

The only thing i would suggest is that you get a good kids version of the Passover/Exodus story. I think this book is best for helping kids understand the connection between what happened and the celebration we conduct. But a good retelling of the whole story at once is probably also needed too. (My kids already knew the stories well from Bible study).
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Love this book and how it relates back to the first Passover in Egypt. And then compares then to present day and explains the signficance of the items on the Seder Plate. Love it! Great family book to read at Passover - fabulous for families with kids.
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Beautiful book. Wonderful connection from today to the past..bringing the holiday in to perspective.
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I was very disappointed in this book. I thought that it was for older children. THIS BOOK IS GOOD FOR TWO YEAR OLDS. They should have said something in the ads.
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