My First Passover

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Passover is a time for families and friends to celebrate their faith and shared history. Tomie dePaola’s simple text and beautiful illustrations provide insight into this special holiday for young readers.

Describes with illustrations and simple text the special parts of a Seder meal which celebrates the Jewish feast of Passover. On board pages.

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Passover is a time for families and friends to celebrate their faith and shared history. Tomie dePaola’s simple text and beautiful illustrations provide insight into this special holiday for young readers.

Describes with illustrations and simple text the special parts of a Seder meal which celebrates the Jewish feast of Passover. On board pages.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ali Fell
My First Passover is a literary introduction to the Jewish holiday of Pesach for very young children. While there are few words, the words are well chosen to introduce difficult concepts. Small children, nevertheless, will not be able to make any sense of the content unless an adult goes out of his or her way to explain and/or demonstrate various aspects. Bitter herbs? Shank bone? Ideally, it will be read both before and after the Passover dinner and then over the course of the year. For this reason, the primary readers of this book will probably be Jewish. Combining this book with a more expanded story of the Exodus will add meaning and child delight. What child does not like a good story? The pictures are simple, colorful, pleasant, and excellent for their purpose in teaching a small child. Any adult who purchases this book must have the commitment to use it as a framework for actively teaching. As a follow up to adult teaching, young readers will be able to proudly read the book to younger siblings; this will improve both reading skills and reinforce the child's own knowledge of Passover. Reviewer: Ali Fell
School Library Journal
PreS-K-- The introduction to the Four Questions, ``Why is this night different from all other nights?'' traditionally asked at the beginning of the Passover Seder, is used both to open this board book and to provide a unifying theme. Basic concepts and vocabulary are explained in simple language; full-color illustrations provide visual clarification. An excellent way to introduce the holiday to very young children. --Susan Kaminow, Arlington County Public Library, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448447919
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 2/5/2015
  • Pages: 12
  • Sales rank: 1,361,997
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola ( is the acclaimed author and/or illustrator of more than 200 books for children. He has received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, a Newbery Honor for 26 Fairmount Avenue and a Caldecott Honor for Strega Nona. He was awarded the Smithson Medal, the Regina Medal, was designated a "living treasure" by the state of New Hampshire, and received the 2012 Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Society of Illustrators. He lives in New London, New Hampshire.


Born in 1934 into a large extended Irish/Italian family, Tomie dePaola received his art education at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and the California College of Arts & Crafts. Although he always wanted to create children's books, he spent several years applying his talents to the fields of education, theater, and graphic design. In the mid-1960s, he received his first commission to illustrate a children's science book. A year later, he published his first original picture book, The Wonderful Dragon of Timlin. Today, he is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in children's literature.

In addition to illustrating stories by other writers, DePaola has created artwork for collections of poetry, nursery rhymes, holiday traditions, and folk and religious tales. But, he is most famous for books of his own creation, especially Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch"), the beloved story of an old woman who uses her magical powers to help the people of her small Italian village. Written in 1975, this Caldecott Honor winner is still delighting children today.

DePaola admits that there are strong autobiographical elements in many of his books (Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, The Art Lesson, Stagestruck), but nowhere is this more evident than in 26 Fairmount Avenue, a series of charming chapter books based on his Connecticut childhood. Taking its name from the address of his family home, the series captures the experiences and emotions of a young boy growing up in the late 1930s and early '40s in the shadow of World War II. The first book in the series received a 1999 Newbery Honor Award.

DePaola and his work have been recognized with many honors, including the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award for "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal, and several awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In 1999, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts bestowed on dePaola the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award for the body of his work.

Good To Know

  • Tomie dePaola's name is pronounced Tommy de POW-la.

  • Between college and graduate school, dePaola spent a short time in a Benedictine monastery before determining that religious life was not for him.

  • Using a combination of watercolor, tempera, and acrylic, dePaola's artistic style is best described as folk-traditional.

  • DePaola's favorite painters and strongest artistic influences are Matisse, Giotto, and Ben Shahn.
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    • Posted April 11, 2010

      great for young toddlers

      easy to read and understand and the children enjoy it.

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    • Posted March 27, 2010

      Perfect Visual Experience of Passover for 0-2 year olds

      No story, no real verbal engagement at all, but De Paola's illustrations make this a perfect introduction to Passover for very young children. The engagingly smiling family members enjoying the Passover Seder and the large, colorful illustrations of the components of that meal keep the toddler coming back for more again and again.

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