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. 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.