The Great Passover Escape

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

Long-suffering Chimp tries to talk his friends Ellie the Elephant and Kanga the Kangaroo out of trying to escape from the Biblical Zoo to find a Passover seder to attend, but ends up joining them in the escapade, teaching them about the Passover holiday along the way. And whose house do they turn up at for the seder? Their old friend and zookeeper, Shmulik! Droll Passover story includes lots of funny mistakes when the animals try to remember the words for Passover items and get them all wrong, needing to be corrected by Chimp. Includes back matter about Passover and the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2021-02-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017120, JUV002260, JUV019000
Dewey [E]
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 560
Features Original artwork and Reviewed

Author: Pamela Moritz

Pamela Moritz loves writing for kids, teaching kids, and (sometimes) acting like a kid. She lives in Israel, and every so often you can find her at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo admiring the elephants, kangaroos, or chimpanzees. She wonders where they might go if they really do escape.

Illustrator: Florence Weiser

Florence Weiser is a French illustrator currently based in beautiful, rainy Belgium. While growing up in Luxembourg, she always knew she wanted to draw and draw. She lives and works surrounded by nature, from which she gathers most of her inspiration.


Publishers Weekly

“Weiser’s playful digital illustrations have the inventive framings of mid-century art posters, while Moritz’s linguistically twisty text leads this earnest but nonsensical Passover tale that may well become the basis for many a holiday in-joke.” — Publishers Weekly

AJL Newsletter

“This book presents an excellent introduction to the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem, a wonderful place for children of all ages to learn about animals mentioned in the Bible as well as endangered species.” — Rachel Glasser, AJL Newsletter, retired librarian, Yavneh Academy, Teaneck, NJ