The Purim Costume

Penin­nah Schram; Tam­my L. Keis­er, illus.
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By – August 6, 2012
Bored with being Queen Esther on every Purim, petu­lant Rebec­ca takes her mother’s advice and dress­es in rags as the exiled Vashti, who, her moth­er explains, is impor­tant because, with­out her, the [Purim] sto­ry would have turned out very dif­fer­ent­ly for the Jews.” At the Purim fes­ti­val, the sto­ry of Esther is reca­pit­u­lat­ed and prizes for the best cos­tumes are giv­en out. When the judges over­look Rebec­ca, she speaks up, telling them that Vashti is the most impor­tant per­son in the sto­ry.” The puz­zled judges are per­suad­ed so Rebec­ca gets her prize and at the Megillah read­ing, joy­ful­ly thinks of Vashti, with­out whom Esther could not have saved the Jew­ish peo­ple.” The text is accom­pa­nied by full page pic­tures and both are framed by sim­ple bor­ders. For ages 6 – 9.
Lin­da R. Sil­ver is a spe­cial­ist in Jew­ish children’s lit­er­a­ture. She is edi­tor of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Jew­ish Libraries’ Jew­ish Val­ues­find­er, www​.ajl​jew​ish​val​ues​.org, and author of Best Jew­ish Books for Chil­dren and Teens: A JPS Guide (The Jew­ish Pub­li­ca­tion Soci­ety, 2010) and The Jew­ish Val­ues Find­er: A Guide to Val­ues in Jew­ish Children’s Lit­er­a­ture (Neal-Schu­man, 2008).

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