The seat for Elijah at the Passover seder takes on new meaning as the seat saved for him keeps being filled by one guest after another. Additionally, young children learn about the traditional Passover foods and what will happen during the meal itself.
We see the smallest child, Jacob, bringing in the matzah while his father is holding the seder plate. Sara, his older sister, brings a chair and sets a place for Elijah. It is a cold night with a strong wind and unexpectedly all the lights of the stores across the street go out. But before they do the reader is introduced to the owners of the stores. There is Miguel, the music man, Doughnut Dan, Bagel Ben, the florist, and the boy who sells magazines.
As the seder progresses and there is no light or heat across the street, each of their neighbors knocks on the door and joins them at the seder. The table expands and the chairs increase and there is miraculously enough food to feed everyone. Finally, there is only one more chair but a last knock from another neighbor is heard and one more visitor enters to join the family. What happens next is delightful.
Presented with colorful drawings, this charming book not only educates about Passover and retells the story, but also extends the lesson to caring for others in need.
Recommended for ages 5 – 9.