Francine Hermelin Levite has created an incredible Haggadah designed especially for young children. My Haggadah: Made It Myself is an interactive hands-on book that started out as a way for Levite to keep her young child’s attention during the Passover Seder. It’s popularity soared and copies of the book spread among her community. Levite has now made it available to the general public and it’s a must-have resource for parents.
The book is written for parents to use with their children. In addition to many of the basic blessings, stories and songs found in a traditional Haggadah, Levite adds pages for creativity such as a blank Elijah’s cup for decorating, speech bubbles to develop a conversation between Moses and Pharaoh, and an empty plate for drawing a favorite Seder meal. There are simple art projects to create and stickers to place on the empty Seder plate and for the Ten Plagues. The text is simple and kid-friendly and explanations are included.
Whether you choose to use this book as your actual Haggadah or just as an enjoyable family project, if you have young children you will find that My Haggadah: Made it Myself will enhance the Passover experience for your entire family. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Marcia Berneger is a retired teacher who lives with her husband and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and second grade, as well as special education. She currently teaches Torah school, in addition to her volunteer work in classrooms, libraries, and with various fundraisers. She lives in San Diego.