A touchingly authentic picture-book look at a girl’s experience celebrating Passover after her parents divorce. Narrated in firstperson, the girl explains why it’s lucky that Passover (unlike Thanksgiving) is celebrated over two nights, one seder with Mom, one seder with Dad, and not having to choose. Attending six seders over three years, each celebration gently reveals something about the process and progress of a family in transition, from new faces at the seder table, to new recipes for charoset. Still there is the comfort of familiar rituals throughout like reciting the Four Questions, looking for the Afikomen and singing Dayenu. Colorful acrylic illustrations are filled with interesting angles and textures, yet the round-faced characters are friendly and appealing. With a simple realistic tone and honest emotions, this is a book that manages to express a child’s longing for her original family without sentimentalizing, and uses the many types of charoset as a metaphor for the many types of families, including those that don’t stick together, but are tasty in their own way. Grades K – 2.
Teri Markson has been a children’s librarian for over 18 years. She is currently the acting senior librarian at the Valley Plaza Branch Library in North Hollywood, CA.