PASSOVER: A Season of Freedom by Malka Drucker

PASSOVER: A Season of Freedom

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The story of the Exodus is started by a not by the leader. The youngest person at the table asks the leader four important questions. . . concerned with how this night is different from all the others in the year. For the youngest child, the greatest difference is that, for one wonderful moment, everyone listens to him or her."" As in her earlier Hannukah (1980), Drucker writes with equal feeling for the holiday and for her child-audience. The story of the Exodus is told not peremptorily, but in full--from Pharaoh's effort to prevent Hebrew women from conceiving through the ""birth of the Jewish people. . . when the waters of the Red Sea [like an embryonic sac] broke apart."" Then, ""Spring Cleaning"" is attended to as carefully and appreciatively as the Passover seder (""A Full Table"") that follows. And, like Drncker's Hannukah book, this too concludes with simple recipes, craft suggestions, and games. It's reverential but welcoming--sure to arouse children's interest and encourage their participation.

Pub Date: March 15th, 1981
Publisher: Holiday House