Passover Is Coming!

  • Interest Level: Preschool
  • Reading Level: Preschool

Passover is coming!

Readers join a cute family and their dog as they prepare for and celebrate the spring holiday of Passover, cleaning the house, making matzah ball soup, assembling the seder plate, saying the Four Questions, and looking for the afikomen at the end of the seder.

This 12-page board book features ‘3D-feeling’ art by Viviana Garofoli, who illustrates all the books in this Jewish holiday series including Shabbat is Coming!, Hanukkah is Coming! and Rosh Hashanah is Coming!. Introduce young children to Jewish life with these Very First Board Books.

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Interest Level Preschool
Reading Level Preschool
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 12
Publication Date 2016-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV033020, JUV017120
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.5 x 6.5
Lexile 330
Features Reviewed

Author: Tracy Newman

Tracy Newman has written numerous books for children, including Itzhak: A Boy who Loved the Violin, which won a Schneider Family Honor. Her writing inspiration comes from her adventures raising her children. She lives in Connecticut.

Illustrator: Viviana Garofoli

Viviana Garofoli was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. A graduate of Escuela National de Bellas Artes Pridiliano Pueyrredon with a degree in fine arts, she has illustrated more than 70 children's books, including Peek-A-Boo Passover and the board book series A Jewish Holiday is Coming!


Kirkus Reviews

“This playfully illustrated board book introduces some of the customs and rituals of the centerpiece of the Passover holiday: the Seder.” — Kirkus Reviews

AJL Newsletter

“Teachers and families will enjoy sharing this book with toddlers.” — AJL Reviews

Publishers Weekly

“Well-crafted rhymes and cozy illustrations make this a solid choice for pre-Passover reading.” — Publisher’s Weekly

Church and Synagogue Libraries

“It is a delight to find a board book with simple, uncontrived rhymes that give just the right amount of information in a lively attractive format.

Tracy Newman’s text on each page consists of two brief lines that rhyme and a third line that always states, ‘Passover is coming.’ The repetition invites interaction from a child. The rhymes help the child learn about the holiday rituals as well as activities for home preparations (readying the house for Passover always is time consuming). The illustrations are bright, cheery and filled with happy, busy children and adults.

This short book, part of the publisher’s Very First Board Book series that introduces children to Jewish holidays and customs, provides an excellent combination of words and pictures for the nursery school set. Even young children will anticipate the coming of the holiday when they hear: ‘Goodbye to our bread, We’ll eat matzah instead! Passover is coming.’ Highly recommended.”―Congregational Libraries Today