This delightful story illustrates the traditions of Passover by linking them to the customs of other cultures. When Hannah’s extended family is unable to join her immediate family at their annual seder, she and her parents (and their fluffy dog, Mitzi) invite a diverse group of friends to join their ritual dinner. Each contributes something from his or her tradition that connects to Passover. Her Indian bestie, for example, brings a kite, which is used to celebrate spring in her culture. The friends share in the festive meal and each other’s traditions.
An Invitation to Passover offers a wonderful message: that no matter our backgrounds, we are all connected. The joyous and sometimes humorous illustrations include details to which children and adults alike can relate — from Mitzi’s wagging tail, to Hannah’s friend’s baby sister with a binky in her mouth, to the traditional seder plate.
This highly recommended story is a great read-aloud for Jewish families, and a must-have for school libraries everywhere.