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Passover: Celebrating Now, Remembering Then
     

Passover: Celebrating Now, Remembering Then

by Harriet Ziefert, Blue Apple Staff
 

The National Jewish Book Award finalists for Hanukkah Haiku return with Passover: Celebrating Now, Remembering Then, a celebration of Passover's past and present, its meanings, its history, and its traditions. Karla Gudeon's folk-inspired artwork serves as a gorgeous backdrop for this fresh look at Passover. Harriet Ziefert seamlessly weaves

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The National Jewish Book Award finalists for Hanukkah Haiku return with Passover: Celebrating Now, Remembering Then, a celebration of Passover's past and present, its meanings, its history, and its traditions. Karla Gudeon's folk-inspired artwork serves as a gorgeous backdrop for this fresh look at Passover. Harriet Ziefert seamlessly weaves elements of a contemporary seder with the biblical stories from which the rituals evolved. An ideal gift for Passover gatherings, this inspired book embraces family, freedom, and remembrance.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The story of Passover is recapped in the opening spread with each part of the story beginning with the words "We remember" After turning the page, readers are taken into the home of a contemporary family. One of the first tasks is to clean the house and remove all bread. The seder table is set and the symbols of Passover are displayed and identified. At sundown the candles are lit and the wine is poured and those present say the Kiddush which is translated into English. Each of the items on the seder plate are further identified and these pages have full page flaps to open to see the scene. The mixture called charoset, which combines apples, nuts raisins and wine is a reminder of the mortar that the Israelites made as slaves to create the bricks for the pharaoh's pyramids while the sweetness promises a better world. The story of Moses is remembered through the ten drops of wine to represent the ten plagues called down upon Egypt as Moses asked that his people be let free. The matza represents the little time that the Israelites had to prepare to leave—they did not even have time to let their bread rise. The Egyptians were stopped at the Red Sea and the Israelites made it safely into the desert where they wandered for 40 years until they came to the promised land. It was a good life and the egg represents the offerings at the temple. The custom of setting a cup of wine for the prophet Elijah and at the end of the seder opening the door to welcome him reminds us of the desire to bring peace to the world. The seder ends with a hunt for the Afikomen and a hope that all over the world people will be free. Children familiar with the rituals will enjoy seeing it laid out with colorful illustrations and pages of richly bordered text. For those not familiar with Passover, this is a very good choice to learn what the holiday is about. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609050207
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
03/03/2010
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Harriet Ziefert lives in South Orange, New Jersey, and alternates between New Jersey and Massachusetts for holiday celebrations.

Karla Gudeon's artwork is displayed in galleries and distinguished collections throughout the United States and abroad. She lives in New York with her family and specializes in the making of one-of-a-kind Jewish wedding ketubahs.

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