In this engaging Passover story, after much cleaning, cooking, and preparation, the members of the Sheep family are ready to sit down for their seder. As the action of the seder proceeds, Papa, Mama, Hannah and Noah Sheep get many unexpected guests arriving at their door and joining their table. First Grandma Sheep, then Uncle Sol, then Grandpa Sheep squeeze in, followed by Danny Sheep, who is in town unexpectedly, then Sharon Sheep and then Aunt Deb, who has brought gifts for the finder of the afikomen. Many components of the seder are introduced within the framework of the tale, including wine, reclining, karpas, dipping, the four questions (sung by Hannah), dayenu, charoset, maror, and afikomen. Opening the door for Elijah is done by Papa and Elijah’s cup is filled by Mama and then lifted. As additional chairs are brought to the table and the evening progresses, Noah falls asleep and his snoring accompanies the seder.
This lovely story is told with great humor. Repetition of certain phrases will delight young readers, as will the fact that this story is told in rhyme. The protagonists — the family and their guests — are all sheep, which will also hold the attention of the youngest listeners.
The brightly colored illustrations are full of comedy and laughter, perfectly accompanying the text. Cats playing with a ball of yarn appear at the edges of the pages. Kippot are worn by the male sheep.
Recommended for ages 3 – 7.