The Longest Night: A Passover Story

Laurel Snyder, illus. by Catia Chien. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-375-86942-6
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Evocative and beautiful, this rhyming rendition of a young Jewish slave girl’s experience during the ten plagues and exodus from Egypt flawlessly evokes the spirit of that Old Testament story. As one of thousands of children forced into harsh labor by the pharaoh, this unnamed girl shares her bleak outlook on life, until suddenly and inexplicably, strange epidemics begin afflicting the Egyptians while miraculously leaving the Jews unscathed. “Itching, biting, awful fleas/ Brought our masters to their knees./ Strange to see them scratch and fuss,/ Hurt and helpless just like us.” The poignant yet hopeful rhymes join with striking watercolor illustrations to produce a narrative that will captivate both children and adults. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Tina Wexler, ICM. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 02/18/2013
Release date: 02/01/2013
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