Ellie the elephant and Kanga the kangaroo live in the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem. When the zoo closes for the Passover, they decide that they want to celebrate the holiday too. They convince their friend Chimp, who teaches them all about matzah, the haggadah, the Seder, the ten plagues, Moses, and haroset, to join them as they work together to escape. When the trio end up at Shmulik, the zookeeper’s house, he welcomes them to his Seder with open arms: “Let all who are hungry come and eat!”
The colorful, expressive pencil illustrations are absolutely adorable and children familiar with the holiday customs will get a kick out of Ellie and Kanga mistaking the haggadah for a coloring book and the ten plagues for the ten planes.
A brief description of Passover and the Biblical Zoo, along with two color photographs, are appended. This is a cute and clever addition to the preschool Passover bookshelf.
Rachel Kamin is the Director of the Joseph and Mae Gray Cultural & Learning Center at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, Illinois. A past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, Rachel is currently the co-editor of Book Reviews for Children & Teens for the Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter. She holds a BA in history from Grinnell College and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Michigan.