Passover Is Coming!
Tracy Newman, illus. by Viviana Garofoli. Kar-Ben, $5.99 (12p) ISBN 978-1-4677-5242-8
In Newman and Garofoli’s third board book highlighting a Jewish celebration, following Shabbat Is Coming! and Hanukkah Is Coming!, the book’s title becomes a refrain as a family prepares for Passover seder. “We wet hands and scoop,/ Making matzah ball soup,/ Passover is coming,” writes Newman as a boy and an older relative, presumably his grandfather, work together. As in the previous books, Garofoli does a fine job of capturing the family’s closeness as they clean, discuss the Four Questions, hunt for the afikomen, eat together, and more. Well-crafted rhymes and cozy illustrations make this a solid choice for pre-Passover reading. Ages 1–4. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 11/30/2015