A Tale of Two Seders by Mindy Avra Portnoy
Illustrated by Valeria Cis
Passover is a time for families to get together, spend time together and celebrate. But what do you do if your parents aren’t together? And in fact have been divorced for three years as the little girl in A Tale of Two Seders are. When the little girl was seven she spent Passover with her Dad and his friends and her little dog Ollie. And the next night she spent it with her Mom and her friends. When the little girl was seven she spent the first night of Passover with her Mom and friends and the second night with her Dad and friends.
Now that the girl is nine she wants things to be a bit different this year. But she still spends the first night of Passover with her Dad. The second night however is a surprise. The girl goes to Temple with her mom and who is there too? Read this wonderfully told tale by Mindy Avra Portnoy and illustrated by Valeria Cis to find out who and not only that, but how families are like charoset! After reading this tale you’ll want to try all four of the Charost Recipes in the back of the book.
Sweet Passover by Leslea Newman
Illustrated by David Slonim
Miriam is a little girl who loves Matzah! She eats it every day of Passover with her Grandpa, Grandma, Aunt, Uncle, Mom and Dad, but by the eighth and final day of Passover Miriam is sick of Matzah and craves bagels, doughnuts and toast. Miriam’s Grandpa asks her if she wants French toast for breakfast, at first she does, until she finds out it won’t be made with bread and its really matzah brei.
After the family devours the matzah brei, Miriam’s stomach lets out a loud growl. Her family explains to her why Matzah is eaten during Passover. Miriam thinks it over and…well read the book to see if Miriam decides to take back her declaration that she will never eat Matzah again!
Book reviews by writer Tamara Levine. For more book reviews, check out our Jewish Kids archive.