Let My People Go is the newest addition to a series of books which combine an authentic Torah-reading experience with a less formal Bible-story approach. This one tells the story of Moses as he appeals to Pharaoh to release the Israelites from bondage in Egypt, to let his people go from slavery to freedom. It would be a welcome addition at a Passover seder, helping to bring the story to life. Each page begins with the relevant passage from the Torah in classical Hebrew font followed by an elegant paraphrasing into English. The synthesis of the two approaches leads to an innovative learning and literary experience that is a refreshing change from the ordinary. The book is read Hebrew style, from right to left, and contains an introductory overview, as well as a Hebrew and transliterated glossary. The art is a magnificent jewel-like silkscreen technique which enhances the beauty and depth of the experience. This book is highly recommended for all ages either as a read-aloud or read-alone experience.
Michal Hoschander Malen is the editor of Jewish Book Council’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A former librarian, she has lectured on topics relating to literacy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.