In a rhyming text, Schotter describes the joys, activities, food, and other items that relate to this Jewish holiday. The family is ready and they have prepared everything for the evening seder. Young children will learn how the holiday is celebrated, but they will not learn why until they or someone reads to them the note at the end of the book. What will probably stick with them is the game where a matzoh or a piece of it is hidden and the prize given to the winner. The illustrations show an intergenerational family and have a cartoonish quality. Since the story also has a bit of humor relating to the matzoh hunt, the style is a good fit. For added challenge readers are asked to find the pictured items from the special Passover celebration within the illustration in the book. 2006, Little Brown, Ages 3 to 6.
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PreS-Gr 1-A rhyming text describes a family's celebration of this Jewish holiday. The house is cleaned, the table is set with the Seder plate, matzoh ball soup and gefilte fish are served, the story of the Exodus from Egypt is read, the afikomen is hidden and found, and the prophet Elijah is welcomed inside. Each spread has a few lines of simple text with dialogue set apart by a different, larger font. Large, cheerful cartoon illustrations, in gouache and acrylic paint over a digital collage, colorfully depict a contemporary family. An author's note provides further details about observances, and the last page asks readers to find nine pictured Passover items in the book (bitter herbs, salt water, greens, and so on). Accessible to children unfamiliar with the holiday, the book is similar to Miriam Nerlove's Passover (Albert Whitman, 1989), Leslie Kimmelman's Hooray! It's Passover! (HarperCollins, 1996), and Abby Levine's This Is the Matzah (Albert Whitman, 2005). It will be most welcomed in libraries serving Jewish populations.-Rachel Kamin, Temple Israel Libraries & Media Center, West Bloomfield, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Schotter describes in a simple, yet humdrum, rhyming chant, the celebration of Passover and the special Seder or dinner for a modern-day American Jewish family. She takes readers through the order of the evening as the house is "Passover perfect" and "sparkly clean" for the arriving relatives. The matzoh-ball soup is simmering in the kitchen, the table set with the seder plate's required items, the Haggadah or story of Passover ("how now we are free") is read aloud, the piece of matzoh hidden and found, the door opened for the customary spiritual Elijah visit and a "full and fat" family "reach for each other for a huge family hug." Schotter adds a slight touch of humor to this primary depiction with the participation of the family dog's role at the Seder while Kono's bland mixed-media characters of kippot-(skullcap) covered male heads and casually dressed children around a food-filled extended table indicate a warm familial atmosphere. A brief postscript provides additional, yet minimal information for the holiday's components. Dull, though serviceable for the youngest. (Picture book. 3-5)