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Story of Passover

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A Tale to Remember

Every spring, Jewish families throughout the world gather around their tables to celebrate Passover. With poems and prayers, with wine and food, they share the ancient story of the Hebrews in Egypt, and how Moses convinced Pharaoh to set his people free.Jews celebrate Passover more than any other holiday, and this charming book explains why and how. You'll learn the story of the ten plagues and of the exodus from Egypt. Then you'll know why matzoh is eaten ...

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Overview

A Tale to Remember

Every spring, Jewish families throughout the world gather around their tables to celebrate Passover. With poems and prayers, with wine and food, they share the ancient story of the Hebrews in Egypt, and how Moses convinced Pharaoh to set his people free.Jews celebrate Passover more than any other holiday, and this charming book explains why and how. You'll learn the story of the ten plagues and of the exodus from Egypt. Then you'll know why matzoh is eaten during the eight days of Passover and you'll understand the symbolism behind the Seder meal. Norma Simon has included three fun, hands-on activities, including a tasty recipe for matzoh ball soup.

Author Biography: Norma Simon has written more than forty books for children, including The Story of Passover illustrated by Erika Weihs. Ms. Simon lives in South Wellfleet, MA.

Leonid Gore illustrated The Pomegranate Seeds by Laura Geringer and Jacob and the Stranger by Sally Derby. He is a recent immigrant from the former Soviet Union who now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Describes the origins and traditions of Passover, in particular the special meal called the Seder.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This reissue of Simon's 1968 holiday book tells the story of the Israelites leaving Egypt and introduces the elements of a contemporary Passover Seder. "This volume will prove most useful as a family-shared reference. An excellent introduction to Passover for non-Jews," said PW. Ages 7-10. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Armin Brott
Most American Jews would say that Passover, with its message of freedom, is the most significant Jewish holiday. The problem is that it's a complicated story that is hard to explain to children. But Norma Simon's The Story of Passover should make things a lot easier. She starts with an informative and thorough retelling of the biblical story, and a quick look at the actual history. She then explains how this important holiday has been celebrated throughout history and throughout the world, including a concise summary of the Seder. There are even a few recipes. This book is important not only to parents who want to teach their children about Passover but to adults who are just learning about it themselves. It will also provide teachers with an excellent teaching tool.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4A welcome reissue of Simon's Passover Crowell, 1965; o.p. with a text quite similar to the original in terms of organization, but with phraseology changes that provide for a smoother, less abrupt flow, and new illustrations. A major change from the original is the substitution of more gender neutral forms within the context of the celebration. In some cases, references to men and women and their traditional roles are omitted or changed to "people." Other pleasant additions include recipes for making the symbolic charoseth and matzoh balls and instructions for making place cards for the Seder table. The discussion of the Samaritan Passover celebration in Jordan has been omitted. Weihs's oil-on-gesso illustrations are attractive and effective. The artist's characters sport soft yet angular features with rounded faces hosting deep set and penetrating eyes. This title bridges the gap between the more simplistic treatments found in Miriam Nerlove's Passover Whitman, 1989 and Marilyn Hirsh's I Love Passover Holiday, 1988; o.p.; David Adler's A Picture Book of Passover Holiday, 1982; o.p. provides more of a historic description and less about the celebration itself. Biblically accurate and factual, Simon's book brings the Passover celebration to life for both Jewish and Gentile children.Celia A. Huffman, Worthington Public Library, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060270636
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/1997
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.35 (w) x 8.33 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Bio
Norma Simon has written more than forty books for children, including The Story of Passover illustrated by Erika Weihs. Ms. Simon lives in South Wellfleet, MA.

Illustrator BioLeonid Gore illustrated The Pomegranate Seeds by Laura Geringer and Jacob and the Stranger by Sally Derby. He is a recent immigrant from the former Soviet Union who now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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