Easter

Miriam Nerlove, Author, Judith Mathews, Editor Albert Whitman & Company $11.95 (24p) ISBN 978-0-8075-1871-7
In a warm and simple style, Nerlove presents customs and a smattering of history related to these two religious holidays. Told in rhyming verse, both books emphasize the ways families celebrate together; particularly, the ways in which children participate. And in both, there's the predominating, unifying tradition of eating a festive meal with loved ones. Framed illustrations reminiscent of Anne Rockwell take up nearly the whole of each page, while the brief rhymes underneath advance the chatty storylines. Passover features a necessary afternote that further details the holiday's history and customary accompaniments--the search for the afikoman, for example--but Easter does not. Nerlove has wisely chosen a multicultural approach to her works in making the Jewish family white while the Christian family is black. A pleasant introduction to the holidays for the youngest family members. Ages 1-6. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1989
Release date: 10/01/1989
Paperback - 24 pages - 978-0-8075-1872-4
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-613-75737-9
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