Cover image for Around the Passover table / Tracy Newman ; illustrated by Adriana Santos.
Around the Passover table / Tracy Newman ; illustrated by Adriana Santos.
Publication Information:
Chicago, Illinois : Albert Whitman & Company, 2019.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 27 cm
A family prepares for Passover in this simple story told in rhyme.


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The candles are lit, the seder plate filled, and the matzo stacked high. Join in to read, sing, eat, and observe the holiday. The many steps of a Passover seder are portrayed in this rhyming story.

Author Notes

Tracy Newman is the author of numerous children's books including Shabbat Hiccups and Uncle Eli's Wedding . She lives with her family and two cats in Connecticut. Adriana Santos worked as a graphic designer before pursuing her interest in illustration. When she's not creating, Adriana loves to read and hang out with her children. She lives in Spain.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

As a group gathers for Passover, Newman and Santos walk readers through a joyful evening. After everyone admires "fresh springtime flowers and once-a-year dishes," the seder gets underway. There are roles for all, including the pets, who join in the singing of "Dayenu." The authors don't elucidate the steps in their exact order-the four glasses of wine (here, grape juice) are checked off on a single spread. But the overall arc of the ritual service and dinner is conveyed in succinct rhymes ("Dip karpas, swish, swish/ Take turns, pass the dish"). Santos emphasizes the sense of a shared experience by including the entire table in most of the cartooned compositions, keeping the visuals fresh by slightly shifting perspectives. While not the most galvanizing depiction, the book does positively model proper seder behavior, with nary a complaint of "When do we eat?" Ages 3-5. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.