Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Story of the Passover by David A. Adler - - OPTIONAL

Adler, David A. The Story of Passover  Unpaged. 2014. Holiday House. $16.

This is a simple, picture-book introduction to the Bible story of Moses and the exodus of the Children of Israel from Egypt. Told matter-of-factly with just a few references to God or angels, the story is easy to follow for even young school children with illustrations reminiscent of American folk art. My biggest complaint is that, given its explanatory tone, it should have made the connection between the title and the tenth plague more explicit. If you are not a close reader, you will miss it. The back page, titled The Seder, does spell out where the name comes from, and provides information about how the traditional Jewish holiday of the same name is celebrated.

With minimal religious overtones, an illustrated story about a well-known Bible story, and basic information about a holiday celebrated by one of our bigger world religions, I can recommend this book for a school library, if your collection and population has the need for such an addition.

EL - Optional. Reviewed by P.K. Foster, teacher-librarian.

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