Anita Ganeri’s The Passover Story is a simple and sweet retelling of the Passover story, starting with the Israelites’ toils as Pharaoh’s slaves to their moment of triumph reaching the land of Israel. Children ages 5 – 7 will enjoy not only the Passover story but two special additions at the end of the book: a charoset recipe and an English translation of the traditional song, Dayenu. The easy recipe offers children the opportunity of creating a traditional Passover food intrinsic to the offerings on a Passover plate. Passover is nothing if not a holiday of songs. Dayenu is a tune universally sung at the Passover Seder, and while the tunes to many Passover melodies vary, Dayenu is a constant. Furthermore, its message of expressing gratitude for life’s miracles reverberates throughout Jewish history and the teachings of the Torah. Without reiterating the Pharoah’s stubbornness at releasing his Jewish slaves despite the increasingly difficult plagues G‑d imposed on the Egyptians, The Passover Story reassures its young readers that persistence is rewarded while evil earns its due.
Tami Kamin-Meyer is a licensed attorney who would rather write than fight. Her byline has appeared in a variety of publications, including Better Homes and Gardens, The Rotarian, Ohio Super Lawyers, Ohio Lawyers Weekly, Ohio Magazine, Cleveland Jewish News, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and www.chabad.edu. She is also an award-winning Hebrew school educator.