Passover

Around the Passover Table by Tracy Newman

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Back of Book:
The candles are lit, the seder plate filled, and the matzo stacked high. Join in to read, sing, eat, and observe the holiday. The many steps of a Passover seder are portrayed in this rhyming story.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from author Tracey Newman in exchange for an honest review.
Passover is a beautiful celebration that is held in the springtime by the Jewish people. “Around the Passover Table” is a terrific look at one families Seder dinner. The story follows each step of the Passover event. It teaches readers about the specific food, drinks, songs, and prayers of Passover. The rhyming scheme is well written and engaging. I love the Jewish words that are sprinkled throughout the story. The illustrations are beautiful and show every member of the large family enjoying the Passover together. The back of the book has a authors note that discusses more about the Passover table as well as key terms and their meaning. This is a perfect story to use as an introduction to all the aspects and parts of Passover.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Passover

The Matzah Man: A Passover Story by Naomi Howland

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Back of Book:

 

In this lively adaptation of “The Gingerbread Boy,” a bold little man made of matzah jumps out of the baker’s oven and leads him and everyone in the neighborhood—all of whom are preparing for Passover—on a merry chase. With colossal chutzpah, the Matzah Man taunts Cousin Tillie as she is cooking brisket, Auntie Bertha trying on her new spring shoes, and Grandpapa Solly making gefilte fish. He at last arrives on the doorstep of clever Mendel Fox, who offers him a hiding place under the Passover matzah cover—and when the seder meal begins, that’s the end of the Matzah Man!

 

My Review:

 

Anytime I can combine cultural lessons with stories that my students are already familiar with I do. I enjoy reading The Matzah Man near the end of Passover. It is a fun story that still captures the traditions of Passover. The text in this story is easy to follow and tells the story of the Matzah Man running away. The illustrations are well drawn and show the details of a Passover dinner. I love that there is a glossary in the back that has the definitions of the terms used in the story. In my opinion this story is a needed addition to any Passover Unit.

 

Ages 5 and up

 

32 Pages

 

 

Passover

This Is the Matzah by Abby Levine

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Back of Book:

 

Max and his family prepare to celebrate Passover. In cumulative verse, Max and his sister Ruth shop for matzah in the Passover aisle of the grocery store. The family gathers for the traditional Seder that celebrates this holiday of freedom.

 

My Review:

 

I recently found this book and loved reading it to my students this week for Passover. I love that the beginning of the book has a description about what Passover is and who celebrates it. The story follows Max as he and his family prepare for the Passover. Each page teaches readers about a different aspect of Passover. The illustrations are fun and clearly show readers all the aspects of the Passover Feast. A great book to use as a teaching tool to show readers about different holidays around the world.

 

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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