Children Celebrate Passover in Colorful Picture Books
For the youngest celebrants, there are two board books from Kar-Ben Publishing (both 12 pp. $6.99; ages 1 to 4).
Don’t worry, Alligator Seder by Jessica Hickman, illustrated by Elissambura, will not scare youngsters. After all, the green, toothy creatures do the same thing every Jewish family does: light the candles, bless the wine, recline and ask the Four Questions—even search for the afikoman. The only difference: Their many extra teeth make for an even louder crunch when they eat.
In I Love Matzah by Freidele Galya Soban Biniashvili, illustrated by Angelika Scudamore, we can check off all the ways matzah can be eaten: as cereal, with milk, as a snack with yogurt and for lunch (spreading on some jam with a Passover spoon) or for dinner with fish.
Joy Nelkin Wieder’s The Passover Mouse, illustrated by Shahar Kober (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 32 pp. $17.99; ages 3 to 7), causes a ruckus in a town when, after everyone has cleaned out all their chometz (leavened bread), a mouse is seen running in and out of houses with a piece of bread. What should be done? Does everyone have to search again for chometz?
Who Will Ask the Four Questions? by Naomi Ben-Gur and illustrated by Carmel Ben-Ami (Green Bean Books, 32 pp. $12.95) is a familiar story of siblings. Eitan, the older brother, has always recited the Four Questions at the seder. But Evie, a head shorter than her brother, insists that this is her year to ask them. How can this end well?