The Kids' Catalog of Passoverby Barbara Rush, Cherie Karo Schwartz
More than just matzah, this JPS catalog includes every who, what, why, where, and how a kid could possibly want to know about the Passover holiday, including songs, stories, and folktales; recipes, crafts, riddles, games, and puzzles; seder questions and family folklore; and community projects for kids.
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Passover is focused on kids and telling the story. Passover has a lot of fours. There are four cups, four sons/children, and four questions, so therefore the book has four PARTS and four CHAPTERS in each PART. Part One is the TELLING (haGaddah) of The Story; Part Two is Preparing for the Seder; Part Three is At The Seder; and Part Four is Concluding The Seder. Each chapter in the Parts is filled with stories, games, explanations, songs, insights, recipes, and craft projects. For example, in Chapter One, the Exodus story is introduced to the reader with stories, songs (an Exodus rap), midrash stories, a riddle, a game ('I am packing for the Exodus, I am taking an Apple, Bitter Herbs, C..., D...'), and a craft project (make a mural). The Chapter for the plagues tells how to make a plague puppet. In the Chapter on Miriam and the Hebrew Women, the reader can learn to make a tambourine. In Chapter 7, On The Seder plate, you learn about maror and betzah customs from around the world, learn to make charoses, or a charoset pyramid, or play a 'nut' game. Plus there is a recipe for red yemenite eggs. Chapter 8 on Matzah contains matzah customs, recipes, riddles, and folkstories. In Chapter 9, learn to make a 'Four Questions' kippah to wear. In Chapter 10, on Dayenu, you can learn to add new stanzas for your own updated Dayenu, or make a micrography, or perform an interesting custom with scallions. In Chapter 14, learn about modern Exoduses. And in Chapter 16, learn classic and new songs from Adir Hu, Ehad Mi Yodei-a, QUEN SUPIESE, Had Gadya, and Lo Yisa Goy. The book is a must for any household with kids.