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HOPPY PASSOVER by Linda Glaser


by Linda Glaser and illustrated by Daniel Howarth

Age Range: 2 - 4

Pub Date: March 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8075-3380-2
Publisher: Whitman

Violet and Simon, endearingly good-natured Jewish bunny siblings, offer very young readers a first look at the annual spring celebration by hopping through all the traditional foods and rituals of the preparation for and participation in a happy family Passover Seder. A patient Grandma and Grandpa answer questions and explain the special dinner while the children set the table, learn about the significance of the Seder plate, eat a bit more parsley and charoset (“More bricks, please,” says Violet) than is required and have their first taste of matzo. The story of the Exodus is lightly touched on through references to slavery and freedom, while the anticipation of Elijah’s visit adds mystery to a joyful evening. Culminating with family singing and declarations of “what I love best about Passover,” this emotionally satisfying story packs a lot of information into a relatively small package. Sweet furry faces and floppy ears and a spring-hued home add the right amount of holiday charm for preschoolers. They'll be especially eager to sample the charoset Violet is so eager to eat when they notice the recipe that's included. (Picture book/religion. 2-4)