Alice Flana­gan; Ann D. Koff­sky, illus.
  • Review
By – August 6, 2012
Short chap­ters and bright illus­tra­tions inform read­ers about the ori­gin, his­to­ry, rit­u­als, food, sym­bols, and mean­ing of Passover. Writ­ten at a pri­ma­ry grade lev­el, the text is clear, accu­rate and respect­ful of Jew­ish tra­di­tion, except for a dubi­ous sen­tence that reads: Accord­ing to leg­end, God heard their prayers and sent a sim­ple shep­herd named Moses to help them.” The illus­tra­tions are real­is­tic and dynam­ic, with lots of col­or, activ­i­ty, and detail. Along with a Table of Con­tents and short index, there is a glos­sary; words defined in it are print­ed in bold the first time they appear in the text. The book’s strongest ele­ment is its brief dis­cus­sion of Passover’s theme of free­dom and some sug­gest­ed activ­i­ties to reflect the theme. Use­ful as an intro­duc­tion to the hol­i­day for ages 7 – 9.
Lin­da R. Sil­ver is a spe­cial­ist in Jew­ish children’s lit­er­a­ture. She is edi­tor of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Jew­ish Libraries’ Jew­ish Val­ues­find­er, www​.ajl​jew​ish​val​ues​.org, and author of Best Jew­ish Books for Chil­dren and Teens: A JPS Guide (The Jew­ish Pub­li­ca­tion Soci­ety, 2010) and The Jew­ish Val­ues Find­er: A Guide to Val­ues in Jew­ish Children’s Lit­er­a­ture (Neal-Schu­man, 2008).

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