This playfully illustrated board book introduces some of the customs and rituals of the centerpiece of the Passover holiday: the Seder.
Passover will soon be here, and a three-generation family (and their dog) prepare for the traditional holiday. With dustpan and broom they clean every room. Grandfather and grandchild wet their hands and scoop up the meal that will make the matzo balls for the soup. Grandmother and grandchild prepare the Seder plate. Parsley, egg, bitter herbs, bone, greens, and charoset are all there. As the Seder begins, the children recite the traditional four questions they have learned. They dip, drink, and eat, and lean back in their seats. Now it is time to find the afikomen. The book ends back at the table: “Our seder is great, / We all celebrate!” Following the same format used in Shabbat is Coming! (2014) and Hanukkah is Coming! (2015), Newman’s rhyming couplets are followed on each page with the titular “Passover is coming!” Unfortunately though, that only works for the first half of the book; for the second half, “Passover is here!” would have been more appropriate. Also, there is a disconnect between text and illustration on the four-questions page, as the text has the children learning, but the illustration has them at the Seder reciting the questions.
A sweet introduction in spite of its incongruities. (Board book. 1-4)