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Kathleen Cook Waldron
Illustrated by Leslie Gould Red Deer (Alta.), Red Deer College Press, 1994. 32pp, cloth, $15.95
ISBN 0-88995-112-8. Distributed by Raincoast Books Distribution. CIP

Kindergarten-grade 4 / Ages 5-9

Reviewed by Lorrie Ann

Volume 22 Number 4
1994 September

A Wilderness Passover is an excellent tool for teaching all children about the Jewish tradition of Passover. This touching story is about a family who leaves the city to live in the mountains.

The mother of Louie and Susan becomes depressed over the fact that there will be only four members of the family at the Seder meal. She is also concerned about the poor ration of food that the family will have to celebrate this joyous event. The children and the father try their best to encourage the mother, but to little avail. The children then come up with a plan, which involves the generosity of neighbours.

The back of the book offers a detailed description of the importance of certain food for the Passover as well as the history behind the Jewish celebration. This was an excellent addition to the story.

The illustrations are warm and capture the emotions experienced by the family. Leslie Gould is the illustrator and this is her first book.


Lorrie Ann Wannamaker is vice-principal at Prince of Wales School in Hamilton, Ontario
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