Saturday, April 23, 2016

More Than Enough: A Passover Story

25776236Wayland, April Halpin. Kath, Kathy (illus.) More Than Enough: A Passover Story
March 15th 2016 by Dial Books
Copy provided by the publisher

In this picture book, a family makes preparations for Passover. They go to a charming farmer's market for walnuts, apples and honey, adopting a cat from a shelter along the way. They make charoset, get dressed up, and go across the lawn to visit their Nana, who is hosting the family celebration, which they celebrate with lots of food, fun, and cousins as well as the cat! All along, the phrase "Dayenu" is invoked, and the children are grateful for everything that they have. At the end of the book, there is a list of definitions of terms and phrases for those unfamiliar with them. The music and lyrics for the "Dayenu" song are also given. 

The illustrations by Kath are warm and relaxing, and set a festive but comfortable atmosphere for the book. Even with a little rain, the celebration goes smoothly, and everyone is happy. This would be an excellent introduction to the holiday for children who are not Jewish, and a great book to keep on hand for holiday reading for families who are, and the message of being grateful is one that everyone can use from time to time. 

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