Monday, March 16, 2015

Book Review: Engineer Ari and the Passover Rush by Deborah Bodin Cohen, Illustrated by Sharar Kober

Engineer Ari and the Passover Rush (Hardcover)
*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****

Engineer Ari is rushing around trying to get what he needs for a Passover meal for he and his friends. He has a list of what he needs. On his journey his runs into friends that offer him each an item for the Passover meal. Some items he will need to get on his return trip and some he goes ahead and takes. With each friend that gives him something he says he will get them a box of matzah in Jerusalem and bring it to them on his way back. While he is running errands in Jerusalem he learns about how the matzah is made and how long it will take the people to make it. He's in a hurry though so he doesn't spend too much time there and leaves with the matzah soon after. When he returns home after all the rushing and it's time to eat the Passover meal, children may find what happens to be funny.

I liked how Engineer Ari offered to help all of his friends with Passover also, by bringing them back some matzah. His friends' kindness made his list of Passover items he needed shorter and it also showed his thoughtfulness towards his friends to make time to stop to drop the matzah off to them later. The items that his friends give him and the matzah that Ari gives them helps to educate children about what the items to be used during Passover are.

I think the short glossary of Hebrew words and phrases at the beginning of the book will be helpful to children that speak primarily English, and it will also be helpful to children that already speak some Hebrew to pick up some new words and phrases. There is also a short explanation about the history of trains at the back of the book that some children might find interesting.

My review = 5 out of 5 stars

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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