Feldheim has released a new children’s haggadah, arranged and illustrated by Devorah Benedict. This is quite a feat. Let’s Go Free With Miri and Tzvi is a full haggadah; no skipping of any text here. The text is also translated, which is a help. Young readers are taken through the whole story of the haggadah in a graphic-novel style with child guides, Miri and Tzvi. They are modern children who are able to witness the whole story, and the readers are able to “live” the story with them. The artwork is rendered in vibrant desert colors, which are quite appropriate to the story. The warm tones and almost golden glow of the book create a warm, family atmosphere that is evocative of the seder.
There is also a Waldo-like chameleon character. At the front of the book, the chameleon explains that he can be found on every page and that the young readers should look for him but remember that, since he is a chameleon, he will change color. This is something that can keep a child engaged for quite a while (perhaps as the grown-ups are taking their time completing the seder.) Because of the combination of graphic art and traditional text, this is a book both children and grown-ups can spend hours poring over and can enjoy together.
Recommended for ages 9 – 14.