Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Book Review: Grover and Big Bird's Passover Celebration by Tilda Balsley and Ellen Fischer, Illustrated by Tom Leigh

*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****

It’s Big Bird’s first day in Israel and he is excited to get to their destination because he wants to help before the Passover seder starts. As the day progresses, before Big Bird and Grover reach their destination they find themselves helping others. When Grover gets stuck in a sticker bush Big Bird rescues him while giving the example of that is what the Passover holiday is about, the freedom of the Jewish people being set free from Pharaoh and slavery in Egypt. Grover also explains the reason people eat crunchy, flat matzah on Passover. After the Passover seder when Grover explains that they weren’t any help in preparing for the Passover seder, Brosh explains they didn’t help in preparing for Passover but were given the opportunity to help others instead. 

I liked seeing that Grover was able to help Big Bird when he arrived in Israel. He had been to the Passover Seder the following year that Brosh hosted it and he knew how to get there. On their adventure to the Passover seder they allowed spontaneous situations to happen, in which they were able to help others. When they arrived at the Passover seder they wondered what took Big Bird and Grover so long and didn’t even look surprised that Moishe, their driver was with them after Grover had explained that if it wasn’t for Moishe they wouldn’t be there. That was a great example of inviting someone to come alongside of them during the Passover celebration, someone who might have not had any family or friends to celebrate with.

Promoted for children ages 2-6, this book is great way to teach children about the Passover holiday through Sesame Street characters that they might already be familiar with. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free copy of this book from Kar-Ben Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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