Grover and Big Bird's Passover Journey

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Passover comes to vivid life in this fun and engaging tale from the Shalom Sesame series. As Grover and Big Bird make their way to Brosh and Avigail’s home for the Passover seder, a stalled bus gives them an opportunity to do mitzvot (good deeds), like helping a tired woman with her groceries and catching a runaway puppy, on the holiday’s eve. As they rush to their hosts’ home, Grover and Big Bird learn some common Hebrew words and find relevant moments to remember the Passover story and understand holiday traditions such as eating matzoh. Bright colors and humorous illustrations will draw in readers and inform and excite them about this important Jewish holiday. Ages 2–6. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
The well-known Sesame Street characters visit Israel and impart information about the Passover holiday and story while on their way to a seder at the home of friends Avigail and Brosh. After a flat tire on the bus, Grover and Big Bird decide to walk, only to get lost. On the way, they help a boy catch his runaway dog, carry groceries for an elderly woman, and convince the grouchy Moishe Oofnik to finally give them a ride to the seder with the promise of eating bitter herbs. "My favorite! Hop in." Forced segues within this light-as-a-feather plot lead to snippets of information about the holiday and the celebratory dinner's traditions, such as the Four Questions, the afikomen ritual and the theme of freedom. For example, worried about being late, Big Bird frets, "Yes, but now we'd really better hurry." Grover replies, "Did you know…that the Jewish people were in a hurry when they followed Moses out of Egypt?" Familiar Muppet figures fill the commercial-looking illustrations. Bold primary colors depict Grover and Big Bird's journey; thought-bubble sequences of the ancient Exodus are populated by bewildered-looking generic Muppet faces. Once the seder is complete, an enlightened Big Bird expresses his appreciation and wish to celebrate next year in Jerusalem. Utterly artless but familiar; good for families whose children are nuts for Muppets. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761384915
  • Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2012
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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