Spring 2024

Everybody's Book

The Story of the Sarajevo Haggadah

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

This true story begins long ago in Spain, where a bride and groom are gifted a hand-painted haggadah. It is used at many Passover seders until the Spanish Inquisition when the family escapes. The haggadah survived for centuries in different countries. Scholars declared it a treasure. To protect it from the Nazis, a curator smuggled it out of a Sarajevo museum and hid it in a village mosque. On Passover of 1995, with bombs exploding overhead, the Bosnian president brought out the book from an underground vault to show the world that it was safe. The Sarajevo Haggadah has become a symbol of people of many faiths and cultures working together.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Celebrating Differences , Diversity
Copyright 2024
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2024-01-02
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF049110, JNF025070, JNF069000
Dewey 296.4/5371
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Features Reviewed, Starred Reviews, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Linda Leopold Strauss

Linda Leopold Strauss is a graduate of Vassar College and Columbia University. She has been writing for young people for over 40 years and has published twelve books and many stories for children. Her work has been translated into French, Italian, German, and Swedish. She lives with her husband in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Illustrator: Tim Smart

Tim Smart's illustrations draw inspiration from his experiences growing up by the ocean and climbing trees in forests. He likes making faces in the mirror, sitting by fires, rolling down hills, and chasing dogs. He hates surprising noises, sticky fingers, boring grown-ups, and birthdays. He lives in the United Kingdom.

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Everybody's Book

This true story begins long ago in Spain, where a bride and groom are gifted a hand-painted haggadah. It is used at many Passover seders until the Spanish Inquisition when the family escapes. The haggadah survived for centuries in different countries. Scholars declared it a treasure. To… View available downloads →

Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

“An absorbing story that will engage readers in the study of history.”―Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“An important story that illuminates how people of different faiths recognized the value and significance of this manuscript and worked together to keep it safe.”―School Library Journal

Foreword Reviews

“Bright watercolor illustrations follow the true story of a book’s remarkable journey through generations and across multiple wars…People of all cultures and faiths come together to protect the book from Nazi invasions, Serbian bombs, and the passage of time.”—Foreword Reviews

The Horn Book Magazine

“An engaging introduction to a volume with a remarkable history.”—The Horn Book