This is a clever little board book, for the very youngest children who see all the preparations for a seder but don't know what's going on, or why. In simple rhymes, the order is described; the illustrations include a lamb, panda, bear, dog, and rabbit, as well as the donkey who carries goods as the families leave Egypt. By the end of the Seder, everyone's dozing!
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Hillel loves to build houses. However, he can't light Hanukkah candles in his cardboard-box house because they might start a fire, and his Purim house costume is ruined by the rain. This pattern continues throughout the year-each of his homemade dwellings is inappropriate for each Jewish holiday for a different reason. At last Sukkot arrives. He is overjoyed, because an essential part of its celebration is to build a sukkah, or small outdoor house. Hillel is an appealing preschooler who is determined to accomplish his goal. His family is an observant one-the full-color, average-quality illustrations show the boy and his dad with their heads covered. This book does not explain the Jewish holidays; rather, it is a warm slice of life for those already familiar with these observances.-Micki S. Nevett, Westmere Elementary School, Albany, NY