An Invitation to Passover

Kalaniot. Feb. 2023. 32p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9798986396507.
K-Gr 3–Each year Hannah’s family comes to her house for a Passover seder. However, this year Hannah and her parents are very disappointed that their family is unable to attend. Hannah decides to invite her friends, so she won’t have a “teeny tiny seder.” She tells her friends that Passover is about remembering history, springtime, freedom, and great food. Although Hannah’s friends have never celebrated Passover, they relate to these themes, and each bring something from their own cultures that connects to the celebration. Back matter provides an explanation of Passover and the meaning behind the foods that are shared at a traditional seder. The story adeptly incorporates details about the holiday, as well as interesting cultural connections from Hannah’s friends. Written by two rabbis, the story is effective and very sweet; however, the muted colors and simple illustrations may not appeal to every reader.
VERDICT Great for informational purposes, and a fantastic class read as Passover approaches.

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