Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Passover Pick: More Than Enough (A Passover Story)

More Than Enough: A Passover Story
by April Halpin Wayland
Illustrations by Katie Kath
Dial Books for Young Readers
2016
32 pages
ISBN: 9780803741263


from the Publisher's page:

"This warm, affectionate story embraces Passover in the spirit of dayenu, and offers a comprehensive glossary—it’s a perfect read for the entire family in anticipation and celebration of the holiday."

My review:

Foods make memories. Your grandma's homemade dumplings, her cat head biscuits (because they were the size of a cat's head), Your aunt's favorite beef stew, potato doughnuts, homemade chorizo. Each food brings back a particular memory. More Than Enough celebrates Passover and how it is celebrated in the Jewish synagogue.

The family gathers at the table, the heart of the home. A song is sung, and father reads from the Haggadah. The children listen to the story of the Jews escaping from Egypt, and the family eats food from the Seder plate, each food symbolizing a part of the story. Children will search for the Afikomen, a hidden piece of matzah, that represents a prize.

Complete with glossary this book not only entertains, it educates. Dayenu is the song that the kids sing and its literal meaning is "It would have been enough." The family counts their blessings at the dinner table as one. This is a sweet story of thanksgiving. Illustrations by Katie Kath bring the characters to life.

For Jewish families tradition is important. More Than Enough will help non-Jews and those who do not celebrate Passover understand the customs, language and tradition.


3 comments:

  1. Dear Pamela, Thank you so much for reviewing my book! I'm linking back to your post from a series at TeachingAuthors.com about it's publication. I really, really appreciate it!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Dear Pamela, Thank you so much for reviewing my book! I'm linking back to your post from a series at TeachingAuthors.com about it's publication. I really, really appreciate it!

    ReplyDelete
  3. April, Do you know if it is now available in Canada,please? I'd like to give it afriend in Toronto.

    ReplyDelete