Reviews for Passover!

Booklist Reviews 2006 February #2
PreS-Gr. 1. The family is excited. The house is "Passover perfect," and Grandma and Grandpa have arrived for the seder. The tale unfolds in a short, rhyming text as the food is put on the table, the story of Passover is read, and the matzo is hidden. Izzy the dog makes a playful addition to the celebration. This is strictly for young children who have some familiarity with Passover; those who don't won't have a clue about the references to Elijah, the seder plate, the hidden matzo. Adults will want to incorporate the author's note, which will add weight and dimension to the reading. The note describes Passover as a holiday of freedom and explains what individual elements signify. The cheerful ink-and-watercolor artwork, mostly in blues, greens, and yellows and highlighted by brighter spring colors, is attractive. ((Reviewed February 15, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall
A story in rhyming couplets emphasizes the excitement and joy that accompanies a family's annual celebration of the Jewish festival of Passover. Cheerful illustrations extend the warmth of the text. Additional information about Passover is appended, and the endpapers feature the important symbols of the holiday. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2006 February #2
Schotter describes in a simple, yet humdrum, rhyming chant, the celebration of Passover and the special Seder or dinner for a modern-day American Jewish family. She takes readers through the order of the evening as the house is "Passover perfect" and "sparkly clean" for the arriving relatives. The matzoh-ball soup is simmering in the kitchen, the table set with the seder plate's required items, the Haggadah or story of Passover ("how now we are free") is read aloud, the piece of matzoh hidden and found, the door opened for the customary spiritual Elijah visit and a "full and fat" family "reach for each other for a huge family hug." Schotter adds a slight touch of humor to this primary depiction with the participation of the family dog's role at the Seder while Kono's bland mixed-media characters of kippot-(skullcap) covered male heads and casually dressed children around a food-filled extended table indicate a warm familial atmosphere. A brief postscript provides additional, yet minimal information for the holiday's components. Dull, though serviceable for the youngest. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright Kirkus 2006 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2006 April

PreS-Gr 1 -A rhyming text describes a family's celebration of this Jewish holiday. The house is cleaned, the table is set with the Seder plate, matzoh ball soup and gefilte fish are served, the story of the Exodus from Egypt is read, the afikomen is hidden and found, and the prophet Elijah is welcomed inside. Each spread has a few lines of simple text with dialogue set apart by a different, larger font. Large, cheerful cartoon illustrations, in gouache and acrylic paint over a digital collage, colorfully depict a contemporary family. An author's note provides further details about observances, and the last page asks readers to find nine pictured Passover items in the book (bitter herbs, salt water, greens, and so on). Accessible to children unfamiliar with the holiday, the book is similar to Miriam Nerlove's Passover (Albert Whitman, 1989), Leslie Kimmelman's Hooray! It's Passover! (HarperCollins, 1996), and Abby Levine's This Is the Matzah (Albert Whitman, 2005). It will be most welcomed in libraries serving Jewish populations.-Rachel Kamin, Temple Israel Libraries & Media Center, West Bloomfield, MI

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