The Passover Par­rot (Revised Edition)

Eve­lyn Zus­man; Kyrsten Brook­er, illus.
  • Review
By – March 1, 2018

This delight­ful sto­ry, first pub­lished in 1983, has been updat­ed by Kar-Ben with won­der­ful col­or illus­tra­tions that per­fect­ly reflect the humor­ous tone and quirky charm of this hol­i­day tale.

Hametz, the fam­i­ly’s pet par­rot, has stolen the afikomen before Papa can redeem it from the chil­dren and com­plete the seder. The par­rot, with the afikomen clamped tight­ly in his beak, is perched at the top of a near­by tree and won’t come down — and the seder can’t pro­ceed until the afikomen is retrieved and safe­ly back on the seder table. The chil­dren come up with a cre­ative solu­tion that involves the singing of the Mah Nish­tanah,” the Four Ques­tions, and a hap­py and spir­it­ed seder is enjoyed by all.

It is a plea­sure to see this mod­ern clas­sic reap­pear in a bright and cheery new edi­tion. High­ly rec­om­mend­ed for ages 3 to 8.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

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