Hoppy Passover!

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Violet and Simon, two small bunnies, are excited about Passover. They help set out the Seder plate, they taste that first bite of Matzoh (and a little bit of horseradish), search for the Afikomen, and most importantly...they ask lots of questions! Linda Glaser's simple, cozy story is just right for children first learning about this holiday. Daniel Howarth's charming paintings show a happy family passing on their traditions.
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Violet and Simon, two small bunnies, are excited about Passover. They help set out the Seder plate, they taste that first bite of Matzoh (and a little bit of horseradish), search for the Afikomen, and most importantly...they ask lots of questions! Linda Glaser's simple, cozy story is just right for children first learning about this holiday. Daniel Howarth's charming paintings show a happy family passing on their traditions.
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Publishers Weekly
The bunnies that first appeared in Hoppy Hanukkah! are celebrating Passover. Readers can learn along with Violet and Simon about the holiday as they prepare the seder plate (" ‘I just made charoset,' said Grandma. ‘See? It looks like clay that the slaves made into bricks' "), read from the haggadah, and search for "the afikomen—the hidden matzoh." Filling a glass of wine for the prophet Elijah, Violet and Simon watch to see if he drinks any: " ‘I think he did,' whispered Violet. ‘Me, too,' whispered Simon." Even readers unfamiliar with Passover should relate to the wonder experienced by the bunnies. Ages 2–5. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
It seems that not all bunnies celebrate Easter. Violet and Simon, two adorable brown bunnies, get ready for the Seder that is held at their grandparents' house. Although they don't remember last year's celebration, they are happy to learn about the ritual and preparations for this year's dinner. The two tikes help with all the tasks that very young children can do: they put out Haggadahs, help make charoset, and do lots of tasting including eating all of the parsley (for bitter herbs). Fortunately, Grandma has prepared for hungry bunnies and has more parsley for the table. When the dinner starts, the bunnies are part of the ceremony, reciting the four questions with some help from Grandpa, and searching for the Afikomen (the hidden matzoh). It did take me a minute to figure out that Grandpa Bunny had hidden the matzoh by sitting on it, but children may be more observant. This is a perfect and perfectly charming book for the youngest readers and answers a big need to validate Jewish children's identity when all the rest of the world seems to be searching for Easter eggs. The bunny family is awash in spring colors, and the lop-eared bunny children are full of the excitement and enthusiasm that very young children have for holidays. Not all the symbolism is explained in detail but the intended audience may be too young for specifics. The descriptions of bunnies eating horseradish and getting a "shiver from toes to nose" is on-target, and the children's belief that Elijah may have taken "a tiny sip" of the wine set out for him reflects the belief of Jewish children, everywhere. A needed addition for holiday collections that need a frothy Passover tale for inclusive story times. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In this companion to Hoppy Hanukkah! (Albert Whitman, 2009), bouncy young bunnies Violet and Simon are celebrating Passover with their parents and grandparents. They help prepare the food and the table and participate gleefully in the Seder. Family members each choose what they love best about the holiday, wrapping up with Grandma's declaration that Violet and Simon are her favorite part of it. The adults introduce the traditional foods and customs with simple explanations appropriate for the target audience. Common experiences, such as chasing down strong horseradish with sweet charoset or watching the prophet Elijah's cup to see if any wine disappears, ring true. While a lack of solid information prevents the book from acting as an introduction for the uninitiated, it works as a pleasing affirmation for those familiar with the holiday. The hopping of the enthusiastic young bunnies ("Around here it's Hoppy Passover!") adds humor to an already lighthearted story. The gently colored illustrations are as cuddly as the bunnies themselves. Rounded figures, smiling faces, and a cozy household create a warm and loving atmosphere. The male bunnies even put on yarmulkes when the Seder begins. A solid purchase where Passover is commonly celebrated.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
Kirkus Reviews

Violet and Simon, endearingly good-natured Jewish bunny siblings, offer very young readers a first look at the annual spring celebration by hopping through all the traditional foods and rituals of the preparation for and participation in a happy family Passover Seder. A patient Grandma and Grandpa answer questions and explain the special dinner while the children set the table, learn about the significance of the Seder plate, eat a bit more parsley andcharoset("More bricks, please," says Violet) than is required and have their first taste of matzo. The story of the Exodus is lightly touched on through references to slavery and freedom, while the anticipation of Elijah's visit adds mystery to a joyful evening. Culminating with family singing and declarations of "what I love best about Passover," this emotionally satisfying story packs a lot of information into a relatively small package. Sweet furry faces and floppy ears and a spring-hued home add the right amount of holiday charm for preschoolers. They'll be especially eager to sample thecharosetViolet is so eager to eat when they notice the recipe that's included.(Picture book/religion. 2-4)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807533802
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 777,198
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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