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.