The Longest Night: A Passover Story

Lau­rel Sny­der; Catia Chien, illus.
  • Review
By – August 30, 2013

This is an unusu­al and beau­ti­ful treat­ment of the Passover exo­dus sto­ry told in lyri­cal rhyme from a child’s point of view and accom­pa­nied by mag­nif­i­cent­ly mut­ed water­col­or paint­ings. The nar­rat­ing child con­veys the ter­ror and won­der of unfold­ing events as her fam­i­ly and peo­ple jour­ney from slav­ery to free­dom. Feel­ing, col­or, depth and emo­tion res­onate on every page, mak­ing this a fresh take on the fa­miliar, sem­i­nal sto­ry of the his­to­ry of the Jew­ish peo­ple. A glos­sary and author’s note accom­pa­ny the text. High­ly rec­om­mend­ed for ages 4 – 8 and an excel­lent read-aloud.

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.

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