My First Passover

( 2 )

Overview

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.

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Board Book
$5.39
BN.com price
(Save 10%)$5.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Board Book)
  • All (50) from $1.99   
  • New (14) from $1.99   
  • Used (36) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

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.

Read More Show Less

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
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448447919
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 2/5/2015
  • Pages: 12
  • Sales rank: 593,722
  • 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 (www.tomie.com) 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.

Biography

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.
  • Read More Show Less

    Customer Reviews

    Average Rating 4
    ( 2 )
    Rating Distribution

    5 Star

    (0)

    4 Star

    (2)

    3 Star

    (0)

    2 Star

    (0)

    1 Star

    (0)

    Your Rating:

    Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

    Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

    Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

    Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

    We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

    What to exclude from your review:

    Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

    Reviews should not contain any of the following:

    • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
    • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
    • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
    • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
    • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
    • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
    • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

    Reminder:

    • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
    • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
    • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
    Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

    Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

    Create a Pen Name

    Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

     
    Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

    Continue Anonymously
    Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
    • Posted April 11, 2010

      great for young toddlers

      easy to read and understand and the children enjoy it.

      Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
    • 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.

      Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
    Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)