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Passover Books

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For books containing all the Jewish holidays, go to The Holiday Collection Page

For more books about the Exodus, go to the Stories About Moses, Miriam, and Aaron Page.

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Sammy Spider's First Passover
Sammy Spider watches longingly as the Shapiro family celebrates Passover. He wants to help Josh find the afikomen but his mother reminds him, "Spiders don't celebrate Passover. Spiders spin webs. His first attempt yields some surprising results.
Let My Babies Go! (Rugrats)
Let My Babies Go! : A Passover Story (Rugrats)
Passover is a dumb holiday! declares Angelica. Not so, cries Tommy's Grandpa Boris. Before long, the Rugrats are caught up in Grandpa Boris's retelling of the Passover story, with Angelica imagining herself as the first female pharaoh -- and Tommy as Moses, pleading with her to "Let my babies go!" In the end, everyone agrees that Passover is a wonderful time for families to celebrate together. Pass the matzo!

Description from Publisher

The story of Passover comes alive for the Rugrats as they celebrate the holiday with Tommy's grandparents. While the grown-ups are busy, the babies get trapped in the attic, but find a way to make it a meaningful experience--in typical Rugrats style.

description by Amazon.com

Who can resist the story of Pesach retold with Angelica as Pharoh and Tommy and his pals as the Jews? Along with the matching video, it taught my 3 year old what the holiday was about through his favorite characters. It also deals with the plagues in a not too scary way. If you're an adult who secretly enjoys the Rugrats (as I am), and you want to teach your child about the holidays, this book is priceless.

Description from Amazon.com Customer Review
Uncle Eli's Special-For-Kids Most Fun Ever Under-The-Table Passover
Uncle Eli's Special-For-Kids
Most Fun Ever
Under-The-Table
Passover Haggadah
This special-for-kids, most fun ever under-the-table Haggada--as its subtitle declares--lives up to its name. Unabashedly borrowing from the style of Dr. Seuss, Eliezer Lorne Segal delightfully rhymes his way through the holiday, accompanied by fantastic, fire-breathing dragons, floating green pizza and matza carpets and a wild assortment of other creatures

Description by Hadassah Magazine

A story of Passover, young readers meet a cast of hilarious sages and unforgettable creatures as part of the events, personalities, and rituals of the Seder -- all told rhyming verse and whimsical color illustrations. Uncle Eli's Passover Haggadah is a unique, fun, beautifully presented, highly recommended transformation of the traditional Seder experience into an enchanting, memorable, heart inspiring, imagination stimulating format that is as lively as it is engaging.

Description from Midwest Book Review

In this one-of-a-kind children's Haggadah, the mysterious and mischievous Uncle Eli retells the story of the Passover. The book's enchanting rhymes and vivid illustrations breathe new life into the events, personalities, and rituals of the traditional Haggadah. You'll meet a cast of hilarious sages and unforgettable creatures including the Two-Headed Dray, Jacky the Juggler, Abie the Afikoman-thief, a six-legged moose named Harold, and Uncle Eli himself.

Uncle Eli's Special-for-Kids, Most Fun Ever, Under-the-Table Passover Haggadah brings adults and children alike a fresh perspective on Passover. Share your next Seder with Uncle Eli and make it more meaningful and fun for the children (and adults) at your table.

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The Matzah Man :
A Passover Story

By Naomi Howland
In this lively adaptation of “The Gingerbread Boy,” a bold little man made of matzah jumps out of the baker’s oven and leads him and everyone in the neighborhood—all of whom are preparing for Passover—on a merry chase. With colossal chutzpah, the Matzah Man taunts Cousin Tillie as she is cooking brisket, Auntie Bertha trying on her new spring shoes, and Grandpapa Solly making gefilte fish. He at last arrives on the doorstep of clever Mendel Fox, who offers him a hiding place under the Passover matzah cover—and when the seder meal begins, that’s the end of the Matzah Man! As she did in Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat, Naomi Howland has created a humorous tale, charmingly illustrated, that overflows with holiday festivity.

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Company's Coming :
A Passover Lift the Flap Book

By Joan Holub
It's Passover, and family and friends are coming over to celebrate. Young readers can lift the flaps and join the fun as the family in this lively story asks the Four Questions, samples the foods on the Seder plate, hunts for the Afikomen, and more. A great way to introduce the history and traditions of this important Jewish holiday to the very young.

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The Kids' Catalog of Passover :

A Worldwide Celebration of Stories, Songs, Customs, Crafts, Food, and Fun
Inside this book is more than just matzah! The Jewish Publication Society does it again with another wondrous kids' catalog, this time featuring the holiday of Passover. This is not a haggadah but rather a companion to the ceremony, which can be used again and again for many years. Here are hundreds of new ways to celebrate Passover with your family, synagogue, and community. But the true joy of The Kids' Catalog of Passover is the book's multicultural flavor; traditions from around the world, from Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Asiatic Jewish sources, are lovingly described.

Written in engaging, easy-to-use style, children of all ages will not only become better acquainted with Passover, they will also be encouraged to deepen their sense of K'lal Yisrael, the greater family of Jews around the world.

Children will be thrilled with all the activities, illustrations, and stories; parents and grandparents will value the comprehensive treatment of the Passover themes of freedom, liberation, and redemption. So,open this book and begin the telling of the Passover story anew!

Features include: * Songs, stories, and folktales * Recipes, crafts, riddles, games, and puzzles * Seder questions and ideas * Community projects for kids

Description from Publisher

The Littlest Frog

By Sylvia Rouss
Hot off the press is The Littlest Frog, a rousing new Passover book by Sylvia Rouss and illustrated by Holly Hannon. In The Littlest Frog, Rouss, the well-known author of the Sammy Spider holiday series, raises her whimsical story telling to new heights. In the Passover story told in the Haggadah at the Seder, the ten plagues delivered to Pharoh and the Egyptians to "let my people go", were no laughing matter. But in this rhyming yarn, silly, fun-loving frogs lighten the load and create child-friendly mischief, driving the Pharoh crazy. Emerald green frogs appear to jump off the pages in the bright, joyful illustrations. They smile as they happily leap all over Pharoh and his palace. There are even frogs wearing sun glasses! The book follows the endearing Littlest Frog who observes the sadness of the Jewish slaves working while Pharoh had fun. Children relate to the Littlest Frog's feelings with the repeating refrain "But the Littlest Frog was very afraid. He hid under the bed, and that's where he stayed." Until the Littlest Frog shows the courage of Moses and rises to the occasion - putting the evil Pharoh in his place! Rouss and Hannon have created an upbeat and appealing book to match the spirit of freedom celebrated at Passover. It is a perfect choice for the spring season - but its appeal will attract children beyond Passover.

Description from Jewish Journal

This is a rhyming, rollicking lark that turns the ten plagues of Egypt on their heads. A list of "Unusual Words" before the story begins would have been a great help, along with a pronunciation guide. In this book, Egypt only has to deal with one plague: frogs. Unfortunately, Pharaoh is very nervous around his unwelcome visitors. He is scared silly of them. But one frog, the littlest one, is scared of him, so he hides under Pharaoh's bed. The frogs are "here, there, and everywhere," and while Pharaoh's magicians can make frogs appear as well as Moses can, they can't make them disappear. Moses, who presumably could if he wanted to, doesn't want to, so he won't. So what's a king to do? He begins to sweep the frogs from his palace. He sweeps them from the throne room, from his bathroom, rugs, jars, baskets and bowls. Finally, he sweeps the last frog from the palace. But that littlest frog is staying right where he is safe. And when Pharaoh is tired and crawls into his bed, everything is quiet, and the littlest frog isn't scared anymore. He hops onto Pharaoh and gives a great "CROAK." Pharaoh panics. "Perhaps Moses is right," Pharaoh thinks. "Perhaps the Jews should be free." Now it is Pharaoh who hides under his bed. The story is a bit strained, but the pictures are charming cartoons, and on the whole, the book is fun.

Description from Children's Literature
On Passover
On Passover
More attractive and lyrical than many other Passover books, this is told by a young girl who asks questions as her family gets ready for the Jewish holiday. She is shown that this is a holiday that incorporates all the senses. The girl's eyes see the seder plate; her nose smells the soup and other foods being prepared for Passover dinner; and, of course, she steals tastes of the bounty. There are also things to feel, like the silk matzah cover, and things to hear, like the Passover...

description by Booklist

"Dy-dy-enu, dy-dy-enu" my father sings in Hebrew. "It would be enough."

A young girl hears her father singing these words and knows it is time to get ready for Passover. Time to eat special food on special Passover dishes. Time to tell the Passover story and take part in the Seder. During the celebration of Passover, there are many things to see, taste, smell, hear, and feel. And as the girl follows her senses and asks questions about all she encounters, she discovers in her own heart what Passover really means.

description by publisher
Miriam's Cup
Miriam's Cup :
A Passover Story
Before the seder begins, Miriam Pinsky's mother tells her children the story of Passover and of Miriam's namesake. Looking back to when the Jews were slaves in Egypt, she talks about six-year-old Miriam's foretelling the birth of her brother Moses, "who will set our people free," and about the plagues and the Israelites' escape, about Miriam's leading her people in song to celebrate freedom, and about the well of clear spring water that G-d created in Miriam's honor. After the story ends, Miriam is given a crystal goblet to be filled with water during the seder to celebrate the prophet. The text and the lush double-spread watercolors, which are painted to reflect a child's perspective, are framed on a papyrus background. Each illustration bursts with movement, immersing readers and pre-readers alike in the sequence and drama of the story. Based on the Biblical story, Jewish commentary, legend, and tradition (all cited in the author's notes), this book will be magnificent for sharing as well as for teaching about holiday history. Music and lyrics from "Miriam's Song," written by Debbie Friedman, appear on the back of the jacket.

description by Booklist

Too Many Cooks : A Passover Parable

Bubbe is interrupted while she is making charoses for the Passover seder. While she chats on the phone, family members wander into the kitchen and add their own "special ingredient" to spice up the mixture. As a result of too many cooks, the "charoses is atrocious!" An amusing introduction to the festive Passover meal.

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Pearl's Passover :
A Family Celebration Through Stories, Recipes, Crafts, and Songs

By Jane Breskin Zalben
A large family, neighbors, and a rabbi (all portrayed in loving domestic detail as sheep) play a role in the stories, recipes, crafts, and songs featured here. Zalben individualizes her characters through humorous touches that make the rather large cast easy to distinguish. The colored-pencil and watercolor illustrations of the vignettes are charming, and those that accompany the clear directions given for crafts and cooking are both helpful and inviting. Children will enjoy reading about Pearl and Avi and their twin cousins, Sophie and Harry ("the two terrors from Teaneck"); adults will appreciate the way that essential information about the history, meaning, and customs of Passover is interwoven throughout the stories and activities. Similar to Pearl's Eight Days of Chanukah, this book will be welcome in religious and secular libraries.

Description from School Library Journal

That adorable yet very human little lamb is back and getting ready for Passover. Pearl is not above sniping at her twin cousins, the "two terrors of Teaneck," but she is at bottom a very caring sister, daughter, and cousin. And an enthusiastic participant in the Passover rituals. From the search for chametz to the Seder meal (no leg of lamb on the menu) to the cries of "Next year in Jerusalem," Pearl and her family undertake a thorough examination of the joys, requirements, and meaning of Passover. Zalben's (Don't Go!, p. 950, etc.) sweet watercolor, gold-leaf, and colored-pencil renderings convey the warmth of this family of sheep, although a full-page illustration of Moses parting the Red Sea is a jarring stylistic departure from the rest of the illustrations. The text is interspersed with recipes for Passover dishes, including both an Ashkenazi and Sephardic recipe for haroset, as well as craft projects for making such items as a Seder plate, Miriam's timbrels, and a placemat of an interesting, although highly speculative, map of the route of the Exodus from Egypt. This quite comprehensive look at the Passover holiday also contains a list of the 15 steps of the Seder, words and music for the song portion, and a glossary of terms used in the text. It's an excellent and light-hearted resource for both parents and religious schools-and the kids will like it too.

Description from Kirkus Reviews

It's time for Passover and Pearl and her brother, Avi, are helping to prepare the house for company. Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Rachel, Uncle Solly, and "the two terrors from Teaneck," cousins Harry and Sophie, are coming to spend the holiday at Pearl's house. Pearl frets about getting along with her cousins. Her brother, Avi, is anxious about reciting the Four Questions at the Seder. But as soon as the guests arrive, Pearl and her cousins are too busy baking matzoh, making Passover place cards, matzoh covers, and preparing the Seder plate to worry about anything. As Pearl's family comes together for Passover, she learns the importance of family and faith and finds out that the real meaning of the holiday only grows stronger when it is shared with loved ones.

Jane Breskin Zalben's intricately detailed, jewel-like illustrations are a delight to the eye and evoke the warmth and joy of Passover. Easy-to-follow instructions and recipes are included for each activity, making this ideal for families who want to include their children in their holiday festivities.

Description from Publisher

My First Passover Board Book
New title in the top selling My First series that continue our focus on early language development.

Introduce babies and toddlers to the most important holiday in the Jewish year with this delightful addition to the My First books. Helping your child count the candles on the menorah and pointing out the Hebrew letters on a dreidel will aid in building early learning skills while the scenes of children acting out the Passover story give insight into the holiday's traditions.

Description from Publisher

What I Like About Passover

By Varda Livney
Passover is here!
It's time for asking the four questions,
eating crunchy matza,
and finding the afikoman.
The Seder is so much fun.
What do you like best about Passover?

Description from Publisher

Let's Ask Four Questions

By Madeline Wikler
The traditional four questions asked by the youngest child at the Passover seder in board book format with amusing, colorful pictures.

Description from Publisher

The Prince of Egypt (DVD)



The Prince of Egypt (VHS)
Nearly every biblical film is ambitious, creating pictures to go with some of the most famous and sacred stories in the Western world. DreamWorks' first animated film was the vision of executive producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, a key architect in the Disney studio's rebirth (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, etc.).

Here is an Egypt alive with energetic bustle and pristine buildings. Born a slave and set adrift in the river, Moses (voiced by Val Kilmer) is raised as the son of Pharaoh Seti (Patrick Stewart) and is a fitting rival for his stepbrother Rameses (Ralph Fiennes). When he learns of his roots--in a knockout sequence in which hieroglyphics come alive--he flees to the desert, where he finds his roots and heeds G-d's calling to free the slaves from Egypt.

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