Monday, April 1, 2013

Passover Books

We have some favorite Passover books that we love to read every year during this season. There are many other books that we enjoy. This is all I can think of at the moment.

Here is the list of our favorites:

1. Passover Next Door by David and Betty Weinberger
Come join Claire and Cara as they pay a visit next door and discover Passover! Feel the anticipation of the pre-Pesach preparation, the joy of the celebration, and the greatness of God's redemption celebrated in the Seder. Learn how the story of Passover points toward the Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus). 

2. Miriam's Cup A Passover Story by Fran Manushkin
 It is she who watches over Moses in the bulrushes, and it is she who tells the Egyptian princess who finds him that Jocheved, Moses's mother, should be his nursemaid. Years later, when the Israelites are wandering in the desert, Miriam leads the women in dance, and it is in her honor that God creates a well of spring water. This story is told as a modern-day family gathers to celebrate Passover.

3. Private Joel and the Sewell Mountain Seder by Bryna J. Fireside
 With permission from their commander and matzah brought in on a train from Cincinnati, Jewish members of a Civil War regiment improvise a seder to remember. The participation of three former slaves, now members of their company, lends a special meaning to this celebration of freedom.

4. The Yankee at the Seder by Elka Weber
 The war is over, and everyone is saying the South lost. Ten-year-old Jacob would give anything to show those Yankees that not all Confederates are ready to surrender.He gets his chance when he sees a real, live Yankee soldier walking down his street, on leave for Passover. But before Jacob can think of a way to be brave, the Yankee asks him for a piece of his matzoh. This true story about a Jewish Yankee soldier joining a Southern family’s Passover meal shows how common values can overcome even the most divisive differences. Gathered around the seder table, the group discusses what it means to be free--a subject as relevant today as it was during the War between the States and during the Exodus.

5. Exodus by Brian Wildsmith
 The illustrations are gorgous. Moses's saga from his rescue in the bulrushes by Pharaoh's daughter to his death on Mt. Nebo overlooking the Promised Land.

6. The Elijah Door A Passover Tale by Linda Leopold Strauss
For years the Galinskys and Lippas have shared Seder, the special Passover dinner. But no more! Mama Lippa shuts her windows tight against the Galinsky voices. Papa Galinsky cuts a new side door to avoid seeing the Lippas. But David Lippa and Rachel Galinsky love each other, and fortunately, they have a trick up their sleeves.

Some books for the younger kids. Even though my kids love me reading these to them regardless of their age.

1. The Matzah Man A Passover Story by Naomi Howland
The passover Matzah Man escapes from Mr. Cohen's bakery and leads a chase through the town. This tale is similar to the well known story of The Gingerbread Man. A glossary of passover terms is included in the back of the book.

2. P is for Passover by Tanya Lee Stone
In this new shaped alphabet book, families will enjoy learning about Passover! Every page contains a letter of the alphabet along with sweet, rhyming text that corresponds with each letter. And as an added bonus, at the end of the book is the complete story of Passover. This is a perfect introduction to the holiday!

3.This is the Matzah by Abby Levine
 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.

4. The Little Red Hen and The Passover Matzah by Leslie Kimmelman
Oy gevalt! The Little Red Hen likes baking matzah, but she's not so crazy about doing everything herself. Would it be too much to ask her friends Dog, Horse, and Sheep to help plant and harvest some wheat for the delicious Passover treat? Couldn't they at least help schlep the wheat to the mill? In this rollicking version of a favorite folktale, a harried, hardworking hen finds the true meaning of Passover.


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