The Purim Story

Sarah Mazor; Marscheila Christyani, illus.
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By – August 21, 2014

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. 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.

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