The Passover Story

Ani­ta Ganeri; Rachael Phillips, illus.
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By – August 6, 2012
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.

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