All about the history of Passover, and how the holiday is celebrated today.
Children's Literature"Once we were slaves. God set us free. God led us through the desert to a land of plenty." With this simple yet evocative description, author Flanagan introduces the essence of Passover in a way that children can understand. She ably supports that statement with 10 chapters of history, explanation and suggestions for modern celebrations. Kofsky's illustrations are cartoonish, but in a good way: they're kid-friendly and accessible, with a warmth and sweetness that combine with the text to make a great read-aloud. This book is a good way to reinforce the beauty of the holiday to Jewish youngsters, or to introduce it to other children in a classroom or library program. The simple yet lovely project ideas in the last chapter, "What You Can Do During Passover," are particularly useful to families with young children, preschool and elementary teachers, and librarians. There are many books about Passover and other Jewish holidays, this one is a fine addition to any library or classroom. 2004, Compass Point Books, Ages 3 to 8.
School Library JournalGr 2-4-Each book covers the history, customs, and symbols of its respective event, as well as specifics about how it is celebrated. For example, Chinese New Year tells how dragons, lions, and firecrackers became associated with the holiday. Information about "Things You Might See" and "What You Can Do" is also included. The short chapters are easy to understand and are accompanied by full-page illustrations. The pictures in Cinco de Mayo have vibrant colors and black outlines, while those in the other two titles are softer. Highlighted words are defined in the glossaries. These books are similar to Gail Gibbons's nonfiction holiday titles, but they have a bit more information. Solid, practical choices for collections needing more books on these topics.-Shauna Yusko, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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