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DAYENU! by Carol Boyd Leon


A Passover Haggadah for Families and Children

by Carol Boyd Leon & illustrated by Gwen Connelly

Pub Date: Jan. 19th, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60280-041-0
Publisher: KTAV

Early-childhood educator Leon makes the Passover story and Seder ceremony an enjoyable experience for preschool children and young families in this succinct retelling of the Jews’ flight for freedom from slavery. Clear explanations for each ceremonial food and ritual appear in a lively, color-coded text with dual Hebrew and transliterated equivalents, encouraging role-playing at the table; characters from the villainous Pharaoh, to the Prophet Elijah, Miriam and Moses, to all ten plagues are represented. Easy-to-learn, catchy, rhythmic songs that capture traditional Hebrew prayers combine with original English folksongs, further adding to the playfulness. It will also serve as a sound introduction to the holiday and its significance at school mock Seders. While it doesn’t approach the majesty of Eric A. Kimmel’s Wonders and Miracles (2004), its value in a preschool setting makes it a worthwhile investment. Regrettably, there is no written music, although a CD offering narration and musical presentations from the author and a children’s choir is available (for a price) with either edition (hardcover + CD $24.95, ISBN: 978-1-60280-042-7; paper + CD $16.95, ISBN: 978-1-60280-040-3). (Picture book/religion. 3-10)