More Than Enough: A Passover Story by April Halprin Wayland, illustrated by Katie Kath
Age Range: 3 – 5 years | Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten | Hardcover: 40 pages | Publisher: Dial Books (March 15, 2016)
About More Than Enough:
A family’s Passover celebration is equal parts warmth and charm in this cozy picture book, with the traditional seder song “Dayenu” as the grateful refrain.
In this story told in spare, lyrical prose, a Jewish family prepares for their Passover seder, visiting the farmer’s market for walnuts, lilacs, and honey (and adopting a kitten along the way!), then chopping apples for the charoset, and getting dressed up before walking to Nana’s house. The refrain throughout is “Dayenu”—a mind-set of thankfulness, a reminder to be aware of the blessings in each moment. At Nana’s, there’s matzo ball soup, chicken, coconut macaroons, and of course, the hidden afikomen. After opening the door for Elijah and singing the verses of “Chad Gadya,”Nana tucks the children in for a special Passover sleepover.
This warm, affectionate story embraces Passover in the spirit of dayenu, and offers a comprehensive glossary—it’s a perfect read for the entire family in anticipation and celebration of the holiday.
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About the Author:
April Halprin Wayland is the author of several picture books, including New Year at the Pier and the young adult novel-in-verse Girl Coming in for a Landing, which won both the Lee Bennett Hopkins Honor Award for Children’s Poetry and the Myra Cohn Livingston Award. She lives in Los Angeles.
About the Illustrator:
Katie Kath holds an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and lives in the rolling hills of North Carolina with her husband and their cat. This is her first picture book.
My Thoughts on More Than Enough:
This is a beautiful picture book about tradition and celebration. A young family shops and prepares for their Passover meal, then join with other family and friends to celebrate.
I read this book to my kids, who naturally had a lot of questions. Thankfully, the author included a glossary, notes, and the Dayenu song in the back, so I was able to answer most of their questions. It gave us a good chance to talk about other cultures, holidays, and shared beliefs.
More Than Enough is a beautiful book of thanksgiving, tradition, and family. I love the warm and inviting feeling that persists throughout the story. The illustrations are gorgeous, too.
If you’re looking for a good children’s book about Passover, or if you’re kids want to learn about this tradition, this is a great book to start with. It’s simple text and reassuring artwork are perfect for youngsters.
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.
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