Miri­am Latimer, illus.
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By – April 24, 2012
This board book presents four vers­es of Dayenu, a song tra­di­tion­al­ly sung at the Passover seder, includ­ing plen­ty of chous­es of Day-day-eynu. The uniden­ti­fied author uses lan­guage that young chil­dren will be able to under­stand, high­light­ing the Jews com­ing out of Egypt, the split­ting of the sea, the receiv­ing of the Torah, and the Jews enter­ing Israel, each fol­lowed by That was enough to make us hap­py. Sing a song and show we’re hap­py. Dayenu.” The col­or­ful car­toon-like illus­tra­tions depict the scenes in the song vers­es and a hap­py, mod­ern fam­i­ly at its seder, com­plete with the smil­ing lit­tle girl on the cov­er fast asleep at the end. This is a great addi­tion to the short list of Passover books for very young chil­dren. High­ly rec­om­mend­ed for ages 3 – 5.

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Mar­ci Lavine Bloch earned her MLS from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mary­land, a BA from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia and an MA in Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture from Ford­ham Uni­ver­si­ty. She has worked in syn­a­gogue and day school libraries and is cur­rent­ly fin­ish­ing her term on the Syd­ney Tay­lor Book Award Committee.

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