The Passover Mouse
Everyone in the quaint Jewish village is fastidiously preparing for Passover. Villagers are feverishly cleaning their homes, removing every remnant of leavened bread from sight. A small, unseemly creature threatens to ruin everyone’s preparations and celebration when it steals a piece of chometz from the widow’s pile of discarded crumbs. As the mischievous mouse scurries from house to house, the townsfolk wonder if the rabbi will require them to re-search their houses. If so, how will they ever be ready for the long-awaited Seder? They soon discover that by banding together as a community of helpers they can accomplish more in a day’s time than ever imagined.
This unique tale has its origins in the Talmud, a collection of Jewish laws. The Passover Mouse shows how amongst giving, generous spirits, togetherness and cooperation can override deep fear and frustration. It also illustrates the significance of this sacred holiday to the Jewish people. For those who are less than familiar with Jewish customs and terminology, the author includes a glossary of terms in the back of the book after concluding her story with an unpredictable and fun twist. This enlightening picture book will be a welcome literature addition for educators of young children wishing to cover holiday celebrations with richness and diversity. It may serve as a special family heirloom for those of the Jewish faith as well.
|Author||Joy Nelkin Wieder|
|Page Count||32 pages|
|Publisher||Doubleday Books for Young Readers|
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