Pip­pa’s Passover Plate

By – April 11, 2022

A cute young mouse named Pip­pa is prepar­ing for Passover with the usu­al pre-hol­i­day flur­ry and scur­ry. In well-scan­ning rhyme, and accom­pa­nied by bright­ly col­ored illus­tra­tions, Pip­pa search­es every­where she can think of for her seder plate, which seems to be miss­ing. She finds a box of holey socks” and oth­er com­i­cal­ly illus­trat­ed, sur­pris­ing dis­cov­er­ies but the seder plate has not yet been found.

Pip­pa has a star­tling run-in with a cat in the yard but, in spite of her fear­ful shak­ing and quak­ing, she man­ages to inquire as to whether the cat has seen the seder plate. The cat directs her to a snake, who directs her to a wise old owl, who directs her to Gol­da Fish. Pip­pa over­comes her fears and con­tin­ues to ask about the where­abouts of the miss­ing plate. While pur­su­ing the fish, Pip­pa falls into the water, where she dis­cov­ers many under­wa­ter trea­sures: Ball and coin and old tin can/​bottle cap and rusty pan/​globe to cir­cum­nav­i­gate. /​Best of all the Seder Plate.”

A sweet, sim­ple tale of brav­ery and deter­mi­na­tion, Pippa’s Passover Plate will amuse young read­ers in rhythm and rhyme as it focus­es on one impor­tant hol­i­day icon.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

Discussion Questions

Cour­tesy of Vivian Kirkfield

  1. Why does Pip­pa want her Passover plate so much? Did you ever want some­thing so much that you were will­ing to do some­thing that scared you in order to get it?

  2. What did Pip­pa do to get her house ready for Passover? What do you do to get ready for a spe­cial hol­i­day or occasion?

  3. What was Pip­pa afraid of? What are you afraid of? What helps you over­come your fears?

  4. Was Pip­pa per­sis­tent? Have you even per­se­vered in order to get some­thing or do some­thing, even though oth­ers encour­aged you to give up?

  5. How did Pip­pa thank her friends? How do you show your friends you respect them and appre­ci­ate their friendship?