Wonders and Miracles: A Passover Companion

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Eric A. Kimmel, America's foremost author of children's Judaica has drawn together Passover stories, commentary, poetry, music, art, and prayers that span four continents and 3000 years!

In this rich and fascinating compilation, beloved storyteller Eric A. Kimmel presents every element--from beginning to end -- of this ancient holiday through stories, songs, poems, prayers and art. Reflecting three millenniums of Jewish life around the world, the book will not only make this ...

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Eric A. Kimmel, America's foremost author of children's Judaica has drawn together Passover stories, commentary, poetry, music, art, and prayers that span four continents and 3000 years!

In this rich and fascinating compilation, beloved storyteller Eric A. Kimmel presents every element--from beginning to end -- of this ancient holiday through stories, songs, poems, prayers and art. Reflecting three millenniums of Jewish life around the world, the book will not only make this multi-layered holiday accessible to people of every background. But it will also make this timeless-ever changing holiday relevant to today's readers.
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Presents the steps performed in a traditional Passover Seder, plus stories, songs, poetry, and pictures that celebrate the historical significance of this holiday to Jews all over the world.

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Editorial Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews: JANUARY 15, 2004
A star is assigned to books of unusual merit, determined by the editors of Kirkus Reviews.
Kimmel compiles a beautiful celebration of Passover, one of the most observed holidays on the Jewish calendar, with contributions by some well-known authors such as Nina Jaffe and Rachel Pomerantz. He weaves highlights of history, ritual, and customs of the annual spring feast throughout a simplified Haggadah (the Seder Book), using stories, song, poetry, prayers, and some exquisite facsimile artwork. Taking readers through the traditional 14 portions of the Seder (festival service and meal), he outlines the legendary biblical exodus with the ceremonial prayers and readings, and includes a historical perspective on how the timeless service has evolved and changed over the last 3,000 years from both the Ashkenazic (Eastern European) and Sephardic (Spanish and Middle Eastern) cultures. Handsomely designed with colorful reproductions embellished with red and gold-leaf chapter headings and borders, this informative and interesting volume is one to own and bring to the Seder table for generations to come. Detailed index, bibliography, and artwork credits appended. A truly wonderful and outstanding achievement. (Nonfiction. All ages)

Booklist
STARRED (February 15, 2004; 0-439-07175-5)

Gr. 4-8. There are many Passover books, but this one is exceptionally handsome and will be especially useful. Unlike many volumes that simply focus on the service, this uses the seder as a hub, with spokes of poetry, story, and song extending from it. Not only hasimmel compiled these works, which include everything from a tale about theewish Tom Thumb and stories based onewish commentaries to delicious-sounding recipes, he has also added some of his own work and, of course, has written the main body of the text. His writing shines as he ably explains the holiday, its customs, and rituals in language simple enough for children yet layered to keep the attention of teens and adults. Matching his words is well chosen, beautifully reproduced artwork, mostly historical, with much of it seeming timeless in the oversize, gilt-garnished format. It's an inviting volume that can be used before the seder as well as during it, in conjunction with the Haggadah. In time the snowy pages may become finger marked from use, but that will only make this volume lovelier. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publishers Weekly
STARRED (February 16, 2004; 0-439-07175-5)

Handsomely produced in an 8" x 11" format with a sewn-in ribbon bookmark, this lavishly illustrated compendium gathers together information about the components of the Passover seder-the rituals, prayers, songs and the words of the Haggadah (the Passover prayer book)-and weaves in stories, poems and the like from a variety of authors. Chiefly addressing people who celebrate Passover, Kimmel (When Mindy Saved Hanukkah; Gershon's Monster) evenly incorporates the many voices by interspersing his own colorful exposition throughout. Whether he discusses a basic point (e.g., the foods that go on a seder plate) or something more philosophical (why do people remove drops of wine from their cups during the naming of the plagues visited on Egypt?), readers' attentions will be held, both by the text and by the art. The illustrations range from a 15th-century B.C.E. Egyptian mural of slaves making bricks and mortar to numerous Haggadoth dating from 13th-century France, 14th-century Spain, 17th-century Amsterdam, etc.; they also include such artifacts as a 19th-century matzoh cover from India and a contemporary clay sculpture of Miriam dancing. This beautifully designed book could take pride of place at many a Passover table. All ages. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal
STARRED (February 1, 2004; 0-439-07175-5)

Publishers Weekly
Handsomely produced in an 8" x 11" format with a sewn-in ribbon bookmark, this lavishly illustrated compendium gathers together information about the components of the Passover seder-the rituals, prayers, songs and the words of the Haggadah (the Passover prayer book)-and weaves in stories, poems and the like from a variety of authors. Chiefly addressing people who celebrate Passover, Kimmel (When Mindy Saved Hanukkah; Gershon's Monster) evenly incorporates the many voices by interspersing his own colorful exposition throughout. Whether he discusses a basic point (e.g., the foods that go on a seder plate) or something more philosophical (why do people remove drops of wine from their cups during the naming of the plagues visited on Egypt?), readers' attentions will be held, both by the text and by the art. The illustrations range from a 15th-century B.C.E. Egyptian mural of slaves making bricks and mortar to numerous Haggadoth dating from 13th-century France, 14th-century Spain, 17th-century Amsterdam, etc.; they also include such artifacts as a 19th-century matzoh cover from India and a contemporary clay sculpture of Miriam dancing. This beautifully designed book could take pride of place at many a Passover table. All ages. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Not a Haggadah, this book is actually read at the Passover Seder feast. Wonders and Miracles is a wonderful compilation of "art spanning three thousand years," along with stories, songs, poems, prayers, and commentary on the Order of the Seder. Prolific, award-winning author Kimmel has put together an elegant book which he urges us to read "before the Seder" and use "during the Seder...to answer questions that the participants might have." That is good advice, since he does follow the prescribed order of ceremonies Jews will be doing at their tables; yet he breaks frequently for stories (including "Alone in the Castle" by Rachel Pomerantz, "The Passover Guest" by Robert Rubinstein, "A Passover Mix-up"—a K'tonton story—by Sadie Rose Weilerstein, and others); songs (lyrics only—music would have been helpful); blessings; recipes; and commentaries. The pictures are priceless and quite varied, ranging from thirteenth century illuminations to modern illustrations from Haggadot and story books. Most of the material is suitable for older children and adults, but there are a few things grade schoolers would enjoy having read to them in preparation for this widely celebrated and beloved holiday. 2004, Scholastic, Ages 10 up.
—Judy Chernak
Library Journal
Gr 3-7-Kimmel gloriously celebrates the Passover Seder, an evening of observances, history, remembrances, and family sharing. Using the Haggadah, or "the telling," as a guide, he weaves together storytelling, narrative, recipes, songs, and prayers. Contributors include Nina Jaffe, Debbie Friedman, and Sadie Rose Weilerstein. Kimmel provides insightful explanations about why the Seder is held and why questions are asked and why certain foods are eaten or not eaten, and he embraces both traditional and modern practices. The marvelous selection of art-paintings, photographs, artifacts, and illustrations from historical Haggadahs-illuminates each step in the service. Hebrew prayers are transliterated and translated and recipes include both Ashkenazic and Sephardic favorites. Both the presentation of information and the overall design attest to the careful and loving attention given to every detail. This inviting, handsome, and informative compendium should find a place of honor in every library.-Susan Pine, New York Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Kimmel compiles a beautiful celebration of Passover, one of the most observed holidays on the Jewish calendar, with contributions by some well-known authors such as Nina Jaffe and Rachel Pomerantz. He weaves highlights of history, ritual, and customs of the annual spring feast throughout a simplified Haggadah (the Seder Book), using stories, song, poetry, prayers, and some exquisite facsimile artwork. Taking readers through the traditional 14 portions of the Seder (festival service and meal), he outlines the legendary biblical exodus with the ceremonial prayers and readings, and includes a historical perspective on how the timeless service has evolved and changed over the last 3,000 years from both the Ashkenazic (Eastern European) and Sephardic (Spanish and Middle Eastern) cultures. Handsomely designed with colorful reproductions embellished with red and gold-leaf chapter headings and borders, this informative and interesting volume is one to own and bring to the Seder table for generations to come. Detailed index, bibliography, and artwork credits appended. A truly wonderful and outstanding achievement. (Nonfiction. All ages)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439071758
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Series: Wonders And Miracles
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,446,082
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.84 (w) x 11.24 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Spirit of the Seder by J. Patrick Lewis 3
Night Journey 5
Maps for the Journey 7
The Seder Plate 11
Kadesh: Light the Candles, Say the Blessings 13
Four Cups 15
Milk for Wine 16
Urchatz: Wash Hands 18
Karpas: Dip the Parsley 19
Yachatz: Break the Middle Matzah 20
Manna 21
Afikoman 23
Alone in the Castle by Rachel Pomerantz 25
Making Matzah 29
Maggid: Tell the Passover Story 33
The Passover Guest by Robert Rubinstein 34
The Four Questions 38
The Original Four Questions 39
Sacrifices at the Temple 40
A Roman Banquet 41
A Passover Mix-up by Sadie Rose Weilerstein 42
A Million Questions by Linda Kaufman and Carla Silen 45
The Five Rabbis 47
Words of Wisdom 49
The Four Sons 51
God's Promise 52
The Promise by Debbie Friedman 53
Family Tree: Abraham and His Descendants 54
Sojourners in Egypt 55
The Hebrew Midwives: A Midrash by Nina Jaffe 62
Moses and Pharaoh 67
When I Went Out of Egypt by Grandma Tirzah 71
Ten Plagues 76
How Many Plagues? A play by Eric A. Kimmel 80
Dayenu 83
And You Shall Teach Your Children by Gershon Levine 85
Pesach, Matzah, Maror 90
Kadish D'rabanan by Debbie Friedman 93
Rachtzah: Wash Hands and Say the Blessing 94
Motzi Matzah: Say the Blessings, Eat the Matzah 95
Maror: Dip the Bitter Herb 96
Korech: Make Hillel's Sandwich 97
Shulchan Orech: Enjoy the Passover Meal 98
Favorite Passover Recipes 100
Tzafun: Distribute the Afikoman 106
I Am the Afikoman by Debbie Friedman 108
Barech: Grace After Meals 109
Elijah's Cup 110
Eliyahu, ha-Navi 111
Elijah the Builder retold by Peninnah Schram 113
Miriam's Cup 116
Miriam's Song by Debbie Friedman 119
Hallel: Sing Songs of Praise and Freedom 120
Go Down, Moses 121
Nishmat Kol Chai (The Soul of Every Living Being) 123
Nirtzah: The End of the Seder 125
Echad Mi Yodeah? 127
Chad Gadya 128
Hatikvah 130
Bibliography 132
Credits 133
Index 134
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