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I think because of the movie The Ten Commandments people sort of more or less know a little more what Passover is all about than they do about Chanukkah.
For those who still wonder: the short explanation is: Passover is exactly like the movie except instead of different scenes and special effects, the story is told with food.
Because. People learn better when there's food involved. I'm pretty sure I learned that in my teacher education classes. I'm not positive though, because they forgot to hammer home the point with something to eat.
Be that as it may... Since I can't serve up anything delicious over the internet, I'm just going to settle for telling my regular Passover story, recommending a few Passover books, and linking up a couple of recipes and places to go to learn more.
The Passover Story According to our Chief Travel Correspondent (when she was three)
The king was very bad. He wanted to take away all the baby boys. But baby Moses’s mommy didn’t want him to be taken away. She put him in a basket and took him to an ocean and put him in. Another person found
Then the burning plant was God. God told Moses, “Here. Have a stick.”
Not as Many Passover Picture Books as I Meant to Post (my notes were drowned in an unfortunate water bottle incident)
The Passover story told in rhyme:
This Is the Matzah
Kids love this one. And, you know, if you can stand one more reincarnation of Gingerbread Man, you might love it too:
The Matzah Man: A Passover Story
Here are another couple fun books loosely based on traditional tales:
The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah
And Then Another Sheep Turned Up
This one is good one for talking about keeping Passover eating restrictions and it grabs the baseball lovers:
Another one that talks about Passover food (the mouse watches the whole matzah making process):
The Mouse in the Matzah Factory
A little girl gets sick of matzah until her grandpa makes his special matzah brie:
A Sweet Passover
This entire series is really cute. Pictures of real preschoolers talking about the holiday in their classroom:
It's Seder Time!
This was one of our Chief Travel Correspondent's favorite's growing up:
Penny And The Four Questions (Read with Me Cartwheel Books (Scholastic Paperback))
In this book, a little girl discovers that being the littlest is really not so bad. A good book for introducing the four questions:
The Littlest Levine
This book basically goes through the steps to get ready for Passover in a sweet and simple way for preschoolers and toddlers.
Is it Passover Yet?
A fun book that rhymes for the little ones but has ideas and illustrations complex enough for kids that are a little older:
The Matzah That Papa Brought Home
Happy stories with rhymes for matzah are all well and good, but I like having a couple of picture books that just tell the story, plain and simple. This one isn't the very greatest, but it's serviceable. Plus, you can't really beat the one cent price tag:
Moses Parting the Red Sea
Another "serviceable" one. It's not great, but it does tell the story of baby Moses:
Moses: A Bible Pop-Up Storybook
Another fun one:
Izzy the Whiz and Passover McClean
I can't actually vouch for this book, because I don't have it and have only read the sample. But it's Eric Kimmel, so it's bound to be good. I wanted to make sure and list it at any rate, so I could buy it for the Head of Demolition when she gets older!
Scarlett and Sam: Escape from Egypt
These are cute, and tend to draw in kids because...Hey! A dinosaur!
Dinosaur on Passover
Passover Music for Little Ones
This is an all around super-fun and educational CD (there's a song about photosynthesis and one about nocturnal animals). Song number 7 basically tells the entire Passover story!
What Kind Of Cat Are You?!
This one is an all Passover CD and Shirlala is ALWAYS tons of fun!
Features the ever-favorite Lots and lots of Matzah:
Sing Shalom: Songs For The Jewish Holidays
I thought the Pharaoh song on this CD be a little "dark" for the Head of Demolition to enjoy, at least until she hit her third birthday, but she LOVES it and asks for it every night. Four and five year olds love it too!
Build It Up
Song number two on this one is a really fun way to study the four questions:
And I have to link this recipe year after year...them's the rules...
Passover Matzah Candy (like toffee, but yummier because you really only have it once a year). I'd like to think this will be the year I update the photos for this recipe.
So...happy (almost) Passover people! And if you don't celebrate Passover, happy Spring and happy Easter and happy YAY to warm weather!