Purim may be our most colorful holiday and it certainly lays a good claim to being the most fun. That is why so many retellings of the story are filled with colorful illustrations and told in sprightly rhyme. Sarah Mazor’s version fits that bill, too, but what gives this one a special twist is the section at the end, which discusses the laws and customs of the holiday as these, too, are taught in clever rhyme and are also accompanied by illustrations. The story-in-rhyme is preceded by a slightly more serious prose explanation of the holiday’s history as well as a glossary.
Recommended for ages 3 – 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.