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Passover! Hardcover – March 1, 2006
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-A rhyming text describes a family's celebration of this Jewish holiday. The house is cleaned, the table is set with the Seder plate, matzoh ball soup and gefilte fish are served, the story of the Exodus from Egypt is read, the afikomen is hidden and found, and the prophet Elijah is welcomed inside. Each spread has a few lines of simple text with dialogue set apart by a different, larger font. Large, cheerful cartoon illustrations, in gouache and acrylic paint over a digital collage, colorfully depict a contemporary family. An author's note provides further details about observances, and the last page asks readers to find nine pictured Passover items in the book (bitter herbs, salt water, greens, and so on). Accessible to children unfamiliar with the holiday, the book is similar to Miriam Nerlove's Passover (Albert Whitman, 1989), Leslie Kimmelman's Hooray! It's Passover! (HarperCollins, 1996), and Abby Levine's This Is the Matzah (Albert Whitman, 2005). It will be most welcomed in libraries serving Jewish populations.-Rachel Kamin, Temple Israel Libraries & Media Center, West Bloomfield, MI
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PreS-Gr. 1. The family is excited. The house is "Passover perfect," and Grandma and Grandpa have arrived for the seder. The tale unfolds in a short, rhyming text as the food is put on the table, the story of Passover is read, and the matzo is hidden. Izzy the dog makes a playful addition to the celebration. This is strictly for young children who have some familiarity with Passover; those who don't won't have a clue about the references to Elijah, the seder plate, the hidden matzo. Adults will want to incorporate the author's note, which will add weight and dimension to the reading. The note describes Passover as a holiday of freedom and explains what individual elements signify. The cheerful ink-and-watercolor artwork, mostly in blues, greens, and yellows and highlighted by brighter spring colors, is attractive. Ilene Cooper
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A page at the end helpfully explains the "whys" behind many of the Passover traditions shown. The warm orange glow of the gouache and acrylic paint drawings over digital collage infuse the story with an innocent joy. Springtime details endear, such as the two robins sitting over three eggs on the title page. On the final endpaper, the happy baby birds have hatched. A concluding illustrated game to hunt through the book for nine Passover items adds another level of fun for the pre-school audience. Preschool. Reviewed by Lee Wind
Moe's family gathers together to celebrate Passover. At Passover no one is turned away. The family shares a delectable meal, called the Seder. They read the story of how they are now free. They are no longer slaves. Grandpa hides the matzoh and it's a surprise to learn who finds it.
At the end of the book there is a page that explains the holiday of Passover. Children will learn about the Seder, a special book called the Haggadah, what certain foods represent and why Matzoh is the only bread eaten during the eight days of Passover and what part opening the door plays in the ceremony. And then there is the prize! Read and learn about it.
Passover! is a book to share with your children before Passover begins. It is also a book that children who are not Jewish can read and learn about the traditions, and religion of others who are most likely their friends and neighbors. The illustrations are inviting. They make you want to pull up a chair and share the Seder with Moe and his family.
Armchair Interviews says: Passover! is a book both children and adults, Jewish and those who are not will enjoy and can learn from.
What is that food? And why are they hiding the matzoh? Learn all about how Jewish families celebrate Passover in this rhyming picture book with back-of-the-book material describing the history, foods and traditions surrounding this Jewish celebration.
Artwork by Erin Eitter Kono, author/illustrator of the beautiful Hula Lullaby.