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The Story of Passover Hardcover – Bargain Price, January, 1997
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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.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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