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March 11, 2013

3-12 Good Reads

Books

EDMOND — ‘THE PASSOVER LAMB’

BY LINDA ELOVITZ MARSHALL

When a sheep on her family’s farm starts acting strangely, Miriam is worried. Spring lambing season is almost over, so what could be wrong with Snowball?

Then — surprise — the sheep gives birth to triplets! When she realizes that the mother has enough milk for only two of her newborns, Miriam knows that the third baby will have to be bottle-fed every four hours.

But it’s almost Passover, and the family is about to leave for her grandparents’ Seder. And it’s Miriam’s turn this year to ask the Four Questions, which she’s been practicing for weeks!

When Miriam’s father decides that they must stay home for the lamb, it’s up to Miriam to think of a clever and — and hilariously fitting — way to rescue both the baby lamb and her family’s holiday.

Author Linda Marshall based this out-of-the-ordinary Passover tale on a true event that took place on her own farm, weaving in details about sheep farming and infusing it with the warmth shared by a loving family. Readers will root for Miriam and her Passover lamb!

Marshall left urban life to raise her four children and a flock of sheep on a farm in the Hudson River Valley. Linda and her husband, Bob, still live on their (now sheepless) farm. They no longer have any animals — except for some mice.

Ages 6-9.

 

THE LONGEST NIGHT: A PASSOVER STORY’

BY LAUREL SNYDER

Here’s a picture book for all Jewish families to read while celebrating Passover. Unlike other Passover books that focus on the contemporary celebration of the holiday, or are children’s haggadahs, this picture book in verse follows the actual story of the Exodus.

Told through the eyes of the young slave girl, author Laurel Snyder and illustrator Catia Chien skillfully and gently depict the story of Pharaoh, Moses, the 10 plagues, and the parting of the Red Sea in an accessible way.

This dramatic adventure, set more than 3,500 years ago, of a family that endures hardships and ultimately finds freedom helps young children make sense of the origins of the Passover traditions.

Ages 4-8.

NOTE: Email dpeery@edmondsun.com to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “The Passover Lamb” and/or “The Longest Night.” Deadline is 10 a.m. March 18. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway. All entrants must be 18 or older to win.

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