Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Passover Surprise by Janet Ruth Heller

Product Details

Lisa and her little brother Jon enjoy collecting stamps. But when their father holds a contest to decide which child will get a new large stamp album, Lisa has to solve a difficult problem. Set about 1960, this chapter book also touches on World War II and the Civil Rights Movement. A Discussion Guide inspires readers to explore the book's issues. (taken from Amazon description)

This book is a great introduction into what Passover is for children who don't know.  It doesn't get 'preachy', but it does give the basics of the ceremony.  

There are some great history lessons here.  They aren't 'text-booky' but rather submitted in an interesting way.

This book is great for a third-fifth grade reading level.  While it has chapters, they're short and there aren't difficult words.

As a parent, I was really impressed by the lessons to be found in this book.  It's easy enough for children to understand the concepts, but also could be a great learning tool for parents and caregivers.  I know that parenting has changed quite a lot in the past forty years.  This book teaches children how to logically approach adults and explain what they're feeling.  It teaches them to express emotion rather than acting out.  It also teaches adults the critical need for responding to that in a positive way.  

The story itself is cute.  You can see from the book cover how the illustrations are.  In the book, you'll find a few black and whites that match the drawing style of the cover.  There are just enough pictures to keep a young reader, who's transitioning to non-picture books, interested.  

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