Spring 2020

Alligator Seder

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Preschool   ·  
  • Reading Level: Preschool

They look for bits of chametz. They’re good investigators.
They’re really just like you and me— except they’re ALLIGATORS.

A whimsical alligator family celebrates Passover.

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Interest Level Preschool
Reading Level Preschool
Genre Fiction
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®, Lerner Digital ™
Language English
Number of Pages 12
Publication Date 2020-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017120, JUV033020, JUV002010
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.5 x 6.5
Lexile 530
Features Reviewed


Kirkus Reviews

Author: Jessica Hickman
Illustrator: Elissambura Review Issue Date: February 15, 2020
Online Publish Date: January 12, 2020
Publisher: Kar-Ben
Pages: 12
Price ( Hardcover ): $6.99
Publication Date: January 1, 2020
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-1-5415-6041-3
Category: Fiction Alligator family and friends gather for a Passover Seder.In the Florida Everglades, three alligators, likely a mother and a father-and-son duo who both wear kippot, prepare for the holiday meal by laying out a Seder plate, hunting for chametz, and putting the gefilte fish on the table. A trio of “gator guests” arrive, two adult gators with a toddler in tow, bearing wine. The celebration continues with the lighting of the candles, the blessing of the wine, the four questions, the telling of the Passover story, eating matzah, and the hunt for the afikomen. “Gator” conveniently makes a pleasant sonic echo with “Seder,” helping to propel the quatrains along: “It’s time for The Four Questions, / asked by Baby Gator. / Then comes the Passover story, / as at every family seder.” The gators are a happy bunch with expressive eyes and perpetual if toothy grins in Elissambura’s jewel-toned images dominated by blues and greens. Just enough Seder traditions are presented for a toddler audience, but few details of the Passover story are described. Compositions are busy and frequently presented in separate verso and recto layouts; combined with the lack of contrast, these design choices skew the audience somewhat older. A cheerful introduction to the holiday for youngsters, both reptile and human. (Board book. 3-4)

Illustrator: Elissambura

Elissambura is an illustrator of many children's books. She works in a variety of techniques, including digital and mixed media. Her favorite subject is animals. She lives in Argentina.

Author: Jessica Hickman

Jessica Hickman is a South Florida native, proud mama, and children's book author. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family, where she enjoys live music, farmer's markets, and exploring the outdoors. Alligator Seder is her debut children's book.