A Place for Elijah

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

As Sarah’s family prepares for Passover, Sarah makes sure to save a chair at the table for the prophet Elijah who is said to visit every seder. But when the electricity goes out in the buildings across the street and the neighbors start arriving at Sarah’s apartment, her parents invite each visitor to join the seder. Sarah adds another place setting for Elijah, and then another, but soon the table is full with people from her neighborhood and there are no more chairs to spare! How can Sarah honor the Passover tradition of saving a place for Elijah?

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2016-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV033020, JUV017120
Dewey 200
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 670
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed


AJL Newsletter

“This sweet and family oriented story illustrates a neighborhood of people inclusive of differences and nationalities, and helpful to each other.” — AJL Reviews

Publishers Weekly

" . . . the arrival of the final guest, a young African-American newsie whose name is revealed to be Elijah, suggests that honoring the spirit of a tradition is just as valuable as following it to the letter." — Publisher’s Weekly

Author: Kelly Easton Ruben

Kelly Easton Ruben teaches in Hamline University's MFA Writing for Children and Young Adults program in St.Paul, MN. She is the author of ten award-winning children's books, including The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes, Hiroshima Dreams, and Walking on Air.

Illustrator: Joanne Friar

Joanne Friar grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth where she studied illustration and photography. She and her family make their home in Somerset, Massachusetts.