This a sturdy board book illustrated with colorful photos. It contains a lot of text, and some of the vocabulary words, such as “sacrifice” and “slavery,” are too difficult for the babies and toddlers who are the usual board book audience. The main problem with this format is that much of the information here would be better suited for a kindergarten-age child, who would be unlikely to find a board book appealing. The back cover says besides helping children develop their vocabulary, this will help them “develop their early reading skills,” which is not the usual purpose of a board book. The color photos of children show a boy dressed as Pharaoh and a girl who is supposed to be Moses’ mother placing a doll representing Moses in water, as well as children dressed as soldiers and slaves. Each plague is pictured in color, and they are worded in language young children can understand, such as “sick cows” for plague five and “scary darkness” for plague nine. Pictures of items showing “Passover colors,” such as “brown nuts,” blue yarmulke,” and “white candle” seem meant for very young children, while the language and musical notation teaching the four questions, the meaning and origin of the Passover holiday, as well as pictures and description of the foods eaten on Passover and those on the Seder plate, seem to be written for older children.
The editors have tried to incorporate too much into this board book, making it unsuitable for its intended audience. Board books What I Like about Passover by Varda Livney (Little, Simon, 2002) and Tomie dePaola’s My First Passover (Putnam, 1991) are some better choices for introducing Passover to very young children.
Ages preschool and younger.