New Passover Stories Let Imagination Take Hold
Coming March 1, and in plenty of time for Passover, are new picture books Apples & Honey Press.
It is so crowded and noisy in here that I can't hear myself meow.
Where will we put all our guests for the Passover seder?
A cat made of oranges and its veggie family is wondering how they will be able to fit all the Passover guests into their teeny tiny matzah house for the seder. The husband-and-wife team of Bill and Claire Wurtzel have created a scrumptious treatment of the classic crowded house folktale in food art, In Our Teeny Tiny Matzah House.
Features a Zoom element to the seder, and includes step-by-step directions for making your own food art.
It was the year the singing stopped.
The streets across Jerusalem were silent.
To stay safe from a bad virus, everyone stayed home.
Purim was barely there.
Passover, Mira thought, would be different too.
In Alone Together on Dan Street by Erica Lyons, a story based on on a real event in Jerusalem, a young girl practicing the Four Questions on her family’s balcony in Jerusalem helps the entire neighborhood make something special of a Passover taking place at a very difficult moment for the world. Illustrations by Jen Jamieson are rooted in the architecture of Israel.
A note to families discusses coping with feelings of loneliness and separation.
Free from slavery at last, the Israelites headed to the Promised Land.
"Are we there yet?" cried the children.
In the harsh desert, the Israelites wander on rugged paths, under the blazing sun, through chilly nights. It feels endless.
One day, the children discover a creature with a horn that glows like the moon and a coat that glistens like stained glass. A creature as real as hope, as real as joy. The journey to the Promised Land will be long, but the desert unicorn will light the way in this story inspired by an ancient rabbinic understanding of a creature named in the Book of Exodus.
Bonnie Grubman and Kerry Olitzky go back to biblical times to tease out a fun and fanciful story of a unicorn appearing to the children of the exodus from the mention of a mystical animal, a tachash, in the Bible. The Desert Unicorn, illustrated by Amberin Huq, reminds us that even the children of the exodus wanted to know “are we there yet?”
Also coming in March are the first two volumes in a new series of time travel chapter books for younger readers (ages 6-8) from Carl Harris Shuman with illustrations by C.B. Decker.
What do you get when you combine a cardboard box, some spare parts, and a smartphone?
A time machine, of course!
Max Builds a Time Machine introduces young Max who is good at making things from cardboard and scraps, but a little less good at making friends. That's why he's been avoiding Emma, the new girl in class.
When they learn that three angels once visited the biblical Abraham and Sarah, Max and Emma are both bursting with questions. Did the angels have wings? What did they eat? There's only one way for Max to find out: travel back in time to meet Abraham, Sarah, and the angels himself.
He might even learn something about friendship along the way.
In volume two, Max and Emma Cross the Red Sea, the now fast friends want to see if the Red Sea really parted for the Israelites, so they travel back in time and meet Moses and Nachshon, whose examples help Max get over his fear of reciting the Four Questions at his family's upcoming Passover seder.
All the books are available now for preorder on Amazon, and direct from Behrman House on March 1.
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