Passover Fam­i­ly

Monique Polak
  • Review
By – March 21, 2018

This board book for tots and preschool­ers has appeal­ing col­or pho­tographs that present the hol­i­day of Passover as acces­si­ble, warm, and sweet­ly fam­i­ly-ori­ent­ed. It is a per­fect mood-set­ter and prepa­ra­tion for the youngest of fam­i­ly mem­bers who, before encoun­ter­ing the hub­bub of the hol­i­day, need some famil­iar­i­ty with its images and terms.

Each pho­to­graph is accom­pa­nied by a short, beau­ti­ful­ly expressed thought about the hol­i­day, sim­ply stat­ed and eas­i­ly under­stood. The pic­tures and text fea­ture fam­i­ly mem­bers as well as sto­ries, food, singing, games, and oth­er con­cepts appro­pri­ate to the holiday’s events and like­ly to res­onate with a young child, rather than the more com­pli­cat­ed aspects of the hol­i­day such as its his­to­ry and rit­u­als. A note at the end of the book, though, does explain more about Passover and its back­ground and obser­vances for the ben­e­fit of the adult read­er, who can share as much infor­ma­tion with the child as seems appropriate.

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 1 to 4.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and chil­dren’s book reviews. She has lec­tured on a vari­ety of top­ics relat­ing to chil­dren and books and her great­est joy is read­ing to her grand­chil­dren on both sides of the ocean. Michal lives in Great Neck, NY and Efrat, Israel.

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