The Passover Lamb

Lin­da Elovitz Mar­shall; Tat­jana Mai-Wyss, illus.
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By – March 11, 2013
Tonight, for the first time, Miri­am will ask the Four Ques­tions at her family’s Passover seder. She’s been prac­tic­ing for weeks while doing her farm chores and couldn’t be more excit­ed. But then she dis­cov­ers that Snow­ball has giv­en birth to three tiny lambs and is only allow­ing two of them to nurse. If the lit­tle lamb is left alone all night, it will starve. If they stay home to care for it, they will miss the Seder. While Miri­am gives the lit­tle lamb a bot­tle, she thinks about the Passover sto­ry. She remem­bers that the baby Moses was hid­den in a bas­ket to keep him safe from Pharaoh, and that when he grew up, he led the Jews out of slav­ery. That’s when Miri­am knows she can save the baby lamb and not miss the Seder. She puts the lit­tle lamb in a bas­ket. Meet Moses,” she tells her fam­i­ly. And while the fam­i­ly cel­e­brates the Feast of Free­dom and Miri­am chants the Four Ques­tions in Hebrew, Moses reclines in her lap. This charm­ing­ly illus­trat­ed pic­ture book is rec­om­mend­ed for ages 5 – 7

Susan Kan­tor was a senior writer/​editor for Girl Scouts of the USA, a chil­dren’s book edi­tor, and a past judge for the Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards in the illus­trat­ed children’s book cat­e­go­ry. She is a writer and a docent at the Rubin Muse­um in New York City, where she leads pub­lic and pri­vate tours.

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