The story of Passover

David A. Adler

Book - 2014

Tells the story of the enslavement of the Children of Israel by the pharaoh, the coming of Moses, the ten plagues that struck Egypt, and the delivery of the Children of Israel from slavery.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Holiday House [2014]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN
9780823429028
0823429024
Main Author
David A. Adler (-)
Other Authors
Jill Weber (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Veteran writer about all things Jewish (among many other subjects), Adler tells a simplified version of the Exodus story. He begins with Jacob and the children of Israel, who began to overpopulate Egypt, leading the pharaoh to enslave them and eventually to kill newborn Hebrew boys. Baby Moses is saved and raised by the pharaoh's daughter, but when he kills an Egyptian for beating a slave, he is forced to flee. The rest of the story covers how Moses, directed by God, frees the Hebrews. There's no getting around the fact that the well-known story, with its plagues and deaths, is quite gruesome in places. The text recounts details rather than dwells on them, but this might upset younger members of the intended audience who are not already familiar with the Bible story. Weber's acrylic paintings, which recall hieroglyphic images, have a young feel, but they don't shy away from the drama. A good choice for children who are attending Passover seders and want to know more. An author's note explains what happens at a seder. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Hewing closely to the magid ("the telling") of the Passover story, Adler (who previously teamed up with Weber for The Story of Hanukkah) begins with Jacob's arrival in Egypt and ends with the Israelites' jubilant celebration on banks of the Red Sea. There's a lovely counterpoint between his just-the-facts storytelling ("Should I get you someone to help you with the baby?" Miriam asks Pharaoh's daughter. "Yes," she replies) and Weber's often poignant acrylic artwork, which draws on the exuberant palette and stylized, composite perspective of ancient Egyptian painting. In one of many impressive spreads, the fourth and fifth plague are combined ("Animals ran wild. The Egyptians' cattle became terribly sick and died") into a kind of "Peaceable Kingdom" gone off the rails, mixing dead cows with a menagerie of creatures in various states of gleeful rapaciousness. Ages 4–8. (Jan.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 1–3—Similar in format and scope to Adler and Weber's The Story of Hanukkah (Holiday House, 2011), this simple yet dramatic story retells the Children of Israel's exodus from slavery in Egypt. Nothing is whitewashed in the text or the illustrations; slaves are beaten and killed, babies are drowned in the river, Moses attacks and kills a slave master, the Angel of Death visits the Egyptians, and Pharaoh's army is swallowed by the sea. However, readers already familiar with this narrative will appreciate the straightforward honesty and will relish the detailed, expressive, acrylic illustrations. An author's note, providing more information about the traditions and customs of the holiday, is appended. A great read-aloud for the Passover seder, this is a welcome addition to holiday book shelves.—Rachel Kamin, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL [Page 178]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Tells the story of the enslavement of the Children of Israel by the pharaoh, the coming of Moses, the ten plagues that struck Egypt, and the delivery of the Children of Israel from slavery.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

On Passover, Jewish people all over the world celebrate their freedom from slavery and their beginnings as a great nation.  This simple introduction to the Passover story pairs an engaging retelling with bold illustrations, perfect for young readers. One of the most significant holidays in Jewish tradition, Passover commemorates Moses leading his people out of slavery in Egypt.  The Story of Passover recounts the major events of the story in dramatic but accessible language, from Jacob settling in Egypt to the miraculous parting of the Red Sea.  The text and images have been vetted for accuracy by a rabbinical authority, and the book includes an author's note about the modern Passover celebration, the seder, and how the different parts of the meal symbolize elements of the story.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

This simple retelling of the story of Moses and the Exodus with colorful, folk art-style illustrations makes a lively introduction to the holiday for younger children.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

On Passover, Jewish people all over the world celebrate their freedom from slavery and their beginnings as a great nation.  This simple introduction to the Passover story pairs an engaging retelling with bold illustrations, perfect for young readers. One of the most significant holidays in Jewish tradition, Passover commemorates Moses leading his people out of slavery in Egypt.  The Story of Passover recounts the major events of the story in dramatic but accessible language, from Jacob settling in Egypt to the miraculous parting of the Red Sea.  The text and images have been vetted for accuracy by a rabbinical authority, and the book includes an author's note about the modern Passover celebration, the seder, and how the different parts of the meal symbolize elements of the story.