Pearl's Passover: A Family Celebration Through Stories, Recipes, Crafts, and Songs by Jane Breskin Zalben, Jane Breskin Zalben |, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Pearl's Passover: A Family Celebration through Stories, Recipes, Crafts, and Songs

Pearl's Passover: A Family Celebration through Stories, Recipes, Crafts, and Songs

by Jane Breskin Zalben
     
 

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It's time for Passover and Pearl and her brother, Avi, are helping to prepare the house for company. Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Rachel, Uncle Solly, and "the two terrors from Teaneck," cousins Harry and Sophie, are coming to spend the holiday at Pearl's house. Pearl frets about getting along with her cousins. Her brother, Avi, is anxious about reciting the Four

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It's time for Passover and Pearl and her brother, Avi, are helping to prepare the house for company. Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Rachel, Uncle Solly, and "the two terrors from Teaneck," cousins Harry and Sophie, are coming to spend the holiday at Pearl's house. Pearl frets about getting along with her cousins. Her brother, Avi, is anxious about reciting the Four Questions at the Seder. But as soon as the guests arrive, Pearl and her cousins are too busy baking matzoh, making Passover place cards, matzoh covers, and preparing the Seder plate to worry about anything. As Pearl's family comes together for Passover, she learns the importance of family and faith and finds out that the real meaning of the holiday only grows stronger when it is shared with loved ones.
Jane Breskin Zalben's intricately detailed, jewel-like illustrations are a delight to the eye and evoke the warmth and joy of Passover. Easy-to-follow instructions and recipes are included for each activity, making this ideal for families who want to include their children in their holiday festivities.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Pearl, Zalben's delicately drawn lamb character of Pearl's Eight Days of Chanukah has come back for an encore to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover. With her brother, Avi, and her rambunctious cousins, Harry and Sophie, Pearl makes puppets, place cards, wall hangings, matzah covers and a variety of other Passover crafts. Art projects are presented with clear, detailed instructions, illustrative examples, and cute pictures of the children enjoying the activity. Teachers and parents will appreciate that modern feminist symbols such as Miriam's cup and timbrel are included. This format, which combines narrative with art activity, is an excellent means of engaging children and creating excitement for the holiday. Not only do young readers have the opportunity to learn the meaning and purpose of holiday symbols, they see how a fictional family's holiday is enhanced by making their own Seder plate and Elijah's cup. Hebrew terms are used and defined throughout an informative text which explains the story and rituals of Passover. Recipes are delightfully introduced with a bit of family history. Songs and a glossary complete this attractive package¾perfect for young families looking to enrich their holiday experience. 2002, Simon & Schuster, $16.00. Ages 4 to 10. Reviewer: Jackie Hechtkopf
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A large family, neighbors, and a rabbi (all portrayed in loving domestic detail as sheep) play a role in the stories, recipes, crafts, and songs featured here. Zalben individualizes her characters through humorous touches that make the rather large cast easy to distinguish. The colored-pencil and watercolor illustrations of the vignettes are charming, and those that accompany the clear directions given for crafts and cooking are both helpful and inviting. Children will enjoy reading about Pearl and Avi and their twin cousins, Sophie and Harry ("the two terrors from Teaneck"); adults will appreciate the way that essential information about the history, meaning, and customs of Passover is interwoven throughout the stories and activities. Similar to Pearl's Eight Days of Chanukah (S & S, 1998), this book will be welcome in religious and secular libraries.-Linda R. Silver, Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
That adorable yet very human little lamb is back and getting ready for Passover. Pearl is not above sniping at her twin cousins, the "two terrors of Teaneck," but she is at bottom a very caring sister, daughter, and cousin. And an enthusiastic participant in the Passover rituals. From the search for chametz to the Seder meal (no leg of lamb on the menu) to the cries of "Next year in Jerusalem," Pearl and her family undertake a thorough examination of the joys, requirements, and meaning of Passover. Zalben's (Don't Go!, p. 950, etc.) sweet watercolor, gold-leaf, and colored-pencil renderings convey the warmth of this family of sheep, although a full-page illustration of Moses parting the Red Sea is a jarring stylistic departure from the rest of the illustrations. The text is interspersed with recipes for Passover dishes, including both an Ashkenazi and Sephardic recipe for haroset, as well as craft projects for making such items as a Seder plate, Miriam's timbrels, and a placemat of an interesting, although highly speculative, map of the route of the Exodus from Egypt. This quite comprehensive look at the Passover holiday also contains a list of the 15 steps of the Seder, words and music for the song portion, and a glossary of terms used in the text. It's an excellent and light-hearted resource for both parents and religious schools-and the kids will like it too. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781481444934
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
11/28/2014
Pages:
48
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jane Breskin Zalben has not only written and illustrated many children's books, but has also designed and acted as art director for most of them. She is the author of the well-known Beni books and many novels for older readers, including Unfinished Dreams. Pearl's Eight Days of Chanukah is the third book in her Pearl series, following Pearl Plants a Tree and Pearl's Marigolds for Grandpa, both of which are ABA Pick of the Lists. In addition to writing and illustrating, Jane devotes much of. her time to teaching and encouraging children and aspiring artists. Presently, she lectures around the country on how to create picture books. She has two grown sons and lives with her husband and her lop-eared rabbit, Zoë, on Long Island, New York.

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