It’s Purim Time!

Lat­i­fah Berry Kropf; Tod Cohen, photog.
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By – August 3, 2012
Like the oth­ers in this series, this pho­to essay fol­lows the appeal­ing preschool­ers in a Jew­ish nurs­ery school as they pre­pare to cel­e­brate a hol­i­day. This time, it’s Purim. The chil­dren use their blocks to build the king’s palace in Shushan. Then they march in a Purim parade, dressed as a haman­taschen, Queen Esther, Haman, Mordechai, and palace guards. They make grog­gers (noise-mak­ers) out of cans which they fill with bird­seed. The author sug­gests that these can be used to pour the seeds into their bird feed­ers after Purim, and gives clear, sim­ple direc­tions for mak­ing the grog­gers. The idea that these recy­cled cans may be used again, to feed the seeds to the birds, can help teach young chil­dren about recy­cling and car­ing for the earth. When their teacher reads them the Purim sto­ry, they shake their grog­gers when­ev­er they hear Haman’s name. Lat­er they deliv­er sha­lach man­ot (gifts of food) to their fam­i­ly and friends. On each page the sim­ple text briefly explains what the chil­dren are hap­pi­ly engaged in doing, while Tod Cohen’s full-col­or pho­tos cap­ture per­fect­ly their exu­ber­ance in cel­e­brat­ing Purim. At the end is a brief expla­na­tion of the hol­i­day, which is appro­pri­ate for using with preschool­ers. Like the oth­ers in the series (It’s Chal­lah Time!, It’s Sukkah Time!, It’s Hanukkah Time!, and It’s Seder Time!) this is just right for Jew­ish nurs­ery class­rooms. For ages 2 – 5.
Andrea David­son is the librar­i­an of The Tem­ple-Tifer­eth Israel in Beach­wood, Ohio. She holds an M.L.S. from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan and is a for­mer mem­ber of the Syd­ney Tay­lor Book Awards Com­mit­tee. She enjoys try­ing out the books she reviews on the kids at the Tem­ple and on her grandchildren.

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