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PASSOVER! by Roni Schotter

PASSOVER!

By Roni Schotter (Author) , Erin Eitter Kono (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: March 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-316-93991-9
Publisher: Little, Brown

Schotter describes in a simple, yet humdrum, rhyming chant, the celebration of Passover and the special Seder or dinner for a modern-day American Jewish family. She takes readers through the order of the evening as the house is “Passover perfect” and “sparkly clean” for the arriving relatives. The matzoh-ball soup is simmering in the kitchen, the table set with the seder plate’s required items, the Haggadah or story of Passover (“how now we are free”) is read aloud, the piece of matzoh hidden and found, the door opened for the customary spiritual Elijah visit and a “full and fat” family “reach for each other for a huge family hug.” Schotter adds a slight touch of humor to this primary depiction with the participation of the family dog’s role at the Seder while Kono’s bland mixed-media characters of kippot-(skullcap) covered male heads and casually dressed children around a food-filled extended table indicate a warm familial atmosphere. A brief postscript provides additional, yet minimal information for the holiday’s components. Dull, though serviceable for the youngest. (Picture book. 3-5)