A Dif­fer­ent Kind of Passover

Lin­da Leopold-Strauss; Jere­my Tugeau, illus.

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By – March 24, 2017

Jes­si­ca can’t imag­ine Passover with­out her beloved grand­fa­ther, but this year he is in bed, recov­er­ing from a hos­pi­tal stay and there­fore unable to lead the fam­i­ly seder. This night is sup­posed to be dif­fer­ent from all oth­er nights, but this is the wrong kind of dif­fer­ent, Jes­si­ca thinks. Then she sees her grand­fa­ther reclin­ing on pil­lows in bed — just like he would be doing at the table. With the help of the whole fam­i­ly, Grand­pa is still able to lead the seder, with some adjust­ments. And though he isn’t the one to hide the afikomen, he remains joy­ful­ly right in the mid­dle of all the action. With qui­et, impres­sion­is­tic illus­tra­tions, this is a warm trib­ute both to the hol­i­day of Passover and to strong fam­i­ly bonds. It’s also a gen­tle les­son in how to man­age life’s inevitable changes and challenges.

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 4 – 9.

Leslie Kim­mel­man grew up out­side Philadel­phia and grad­u­at­ed from Mid­dle­bury Col­lege in Ver­mont. She is the author of many children’s books, awards for which include Best Children’s Books of the Year from the Bank Street Col­lege of Edu­ca­tion; Notable Children’s Trade Books in the Field of Social Stud­ies; and Syd­ney Tay­lor Notable Books. Kim­mel­man is an edi­tor at Sesame Work­shop and lives with her fam­i­ly just north of New York City.

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