Groundwood. Mar. 2023. 32p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781773066066.
K-Gr 3–This attractive wordless picture book depicts a large, diverse, multigenerational contemporary family celebrating the Passover Seder. Three children and their dog steal the afikomen (the middle piece of matzoh) from the Seder leader, as is customary in some families. But when they crawl under the table to hide it, they are transported to the land of Egypt. They witness baby Moses being placed in a basket by his mother and sister and follow the basket down the Nile River. The children rescue the baby from a crocodile and make sure that he reaches safety with Pharaoh’s daughter. They then travel back to their dining room and return the afikomen to the adults so that they can conclude the Seder. The author’s note provides further information. “When celebrating Passover, we are supposed to see ourselves as if we, not just our ancestors, were the ones to escape slavery in Egypt. It is this ‘time travel’ of sorts that gave me the idea of linking the generations, Moses’ and our own, through a piece of magical afikomen.” Multiple panels on each page tell the story through detailed, expressive illustrations. Children familiar with the story of Passover and the holiday customs will delight in decoding the pictures, looking for hidden clues, and retelling the tale.
VERDICT A unique addition for synagogues, Jewish schools, and library holiday collections.

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