Alligator Seder

  • Interest Level: 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 family of alligators in Florida prepares for their Passover seder, setting the table, welcoming guests, performing the seder rituals and eating the festive meal. Young readers will enjoy this rhyming, whimsical tale for the Passover holiday.

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

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.

Illustrator: Elissambura

Elissambura is an illustrator of many children's books, including Alligator Seder, Happy Roo Year: It's Rosh Hashanah, and Who's Got the Etrog? Her favorite subject to draw is animals. She works in a variety of techniques, including digital and mixed media. She lives in Argentina.


San Diego Jewish World

“Alligator Seder is definitely a book to enjoy now, and to revisit on Passover.” — Marcia Berneger, San Diego Jewish World

Sydney Taylor Shmooze

“This educational and entertaining board book provides a window into the Passover traditions of a Jewish family. " — Lila Spitz, Sydney Taylor Shmooze Blog

JTA (Global News Service of the Jewish People)

“Join the fun with a family of friendly Florida gators who are preparing for Passover in the Sunshine State. In rhyming verse they hunt for chametz, recite the Four Questions and crunch their matzah.” — Penny Shcwartz

Cleveland Jewish News

“Young readers will enjoy this rhyming, whimsical Passover tale.” — Bob Jacob, Co-Editor, CJN

Sandra Bornstein

“This sturdy square board book (6.5 X 6.5 inches) is a welcome addition to a family’s Seder table.” — Sandra Bornstein

A Journey To A Promised Land Which Flows With Milk and Honey

“This book shows some alligators celebrating Passover. It shows how humans often celebrate it with alligators instead. It takes place in a state in the U.S. that alligators are often found in.” — Jill Harris

AJL Newsletter

“Here is a rhyming Passover board book with a funny story that features Jewish alligators in Florida. The seder rituals are highlighted as a large family of alligators celebrates Passover in the swampy Everglades. They apparently live in a regular house, wear kippot or pearl necklaces and look under their fine furniture for chametz before the seder begins. They also enjoy gefilte fish, of course. Kids will get a kick out of the rhymes and the silliness.” — Lisa Silverman, Library Director, Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library, Los Angeles, CA


“Florida alligators celebrate the Passover Seder in the Everglades with customary foods and the Four Questions. The watercolor artwork is quite attractive, but one wonders why these are alligators and not people, even though they wear little yarmulkes. This may work best with families already familiar with Passover practices.” — BayViews

Kirkus Reviews

“A cheerful introduction to the holiday for youngsters, both reptile and human.” — Kirkus Review