cover image Hooray! It's Passover!

Hooray! It's Passover!

Leslie Kimmelman. HarperCollins Publishers, $12.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-06-024673-0

Both Jewish and Gentile children can enjoy themselves as Kimmelman presents the basic elements of Passover from the point of view of a young Jewish child surrounded by an extended, loving family (including at least six orange tabby cats!). Her engaging text is rendered visually with a straightforward appeal by illustrator Himmelman. Objects, customs and foods (the Haggadah, the Seder itself, matzo, etc.) are addressed in the text. For both children and adults not familiar with the origin and meaning of Passover and the symbolic significance of elements of the Seder, there is an explanatory essay in the back of the book. Ages 3-9. (Feb.)