A Tale of Two Seders

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

When her parents get divorced, a little girl is worried about many things, including how she will celebrate the Jewish holidays in two different households. The holiday of Passover gives her a chance to celebrate separately with each parent. Over the course of three years and six seders, she and her family work to adjust to this new world, creating happy new lives and new family traditions.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2010
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2010-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017120, JUV033020
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7.5 x 10.25
ATOS Reading Level 3.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 137948
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards and Reviewed

Author: Mindy Avra Portnoy

Mindy Avra Portnoy is the author of several books, including Where Do People Go When They Die? and Matzah Ball: A Passover Story. She is a graduate of Yale University and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is the Rabbi of Temple Sinai in Washington, D.C.

Illustrator: Valeria Cis

Valeria Cis lives in Argentina with her family. She studied fine art at the University of Humanities and Arts in Rosario, Argentina. Her recent books include A Heart Just Like My Mother's and Bubbe's Belated Bat Mitzvah.


  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2011


Forward: The Jewish Daily

“Mindy Avra Portnoy’s A Tale of Two Seders, also offers a different take on the classic family themes of the holiday. The story follows a little girl who after her parents divorce spends one Seder at her mother’s and one at her fathers. Over the years the Seders vary and as Valeria Cis’s illustrations highlight how the people attending the two Seders are themselves varied. Adding to our sense of possibilities are the four recipes for charoset that are included. This book acknowledges the difficulties that the young protagonist faces, without presenting her situation as a tragedy.” —Forward.com

The Horn Book Guide

“A young girl has gone to six different Passover seders in the three years since her parents’ divorce. At the sixth seder, attended by both her mom and dad, the girl’s mother likens families to different varieties of charoset, a traditional dish: ‘Some have more ingredients…But each one is tasty in its own way.’ The realistic story is accompanied by pattern-filled illustrations. Charoset recipes are included.” —The Horn Book Guide


“Portnoy . . . writes with empathy and humor of this common situation. . . . Cis’ brightly colored artwork is filled with holiday details.”

School Library Journal

“Cis’s delightful acrylic paintings beautifully complement the text. . . [A] realistic, contemporary story.”
School Library Journal