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Peek-A-Boo Passover

Peek-A-Boo Passover
Pamela Mayer By (author)
Viviana Garofoli Illustrated by
Board book
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Lerner Publishing Group

Limited ***

6.5 X 6.5 in
20 pg

JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Passover
JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
JUVENILE FICTION / Religious / Jewish


“Peek-a-boo!” says a child on each page of this Passover board book, as little readers get a glimpse of all the items that appear on the Passover seder table. Turn the page to find out what each item is!


"This upbeat board book introduction welcomes readers into the home of a family—a child, parents, and a bearded grandparent, all portrayed with white skin—for a peek-a-boo tour of the Seder table’s symbolic and culinary elements. (A plump gray cat is also on hand as the child’s wingman.) Mayer sets up each round of the classic game on the right-hand page ('I see...'), often with a close-up of an object; turning the page, readers view the object in a larger context, along with the answer and an explanation ('...a pillow on my chair. We lean back because we are free') or simple exclamation ('...matzah ball soup. It tastes so good!'). Garofoli’s illustrations have the soft shapes and textures reminiscent of airbrush work, rendering characters with oversize heads, open-mouthed smiles, and a love of gesticulation. It’s like spending Passover with a group of very happy plush toys." — Publishers WeeklyJournal

"Peek-a-boo! A young white child and his kitty cat identify the matzah, candles, seder plate, Elijah's cup, pillow, Haggadah, and other holiday items as his family celebrates the Jewish festival of Passover. The colorful, cute, and expressive illustrations depict a contemporary family with the men and boys wearing kippot. The simple text and repetitive refrain, 'Peek-a-boo! I see. . .' will engage young children already familiar with the holiday. No explanations are provided; however, this is a welcome addition to holiday collections. VERDICT Shelve this alongside Freidele Galya ­Soban Biniashvili's I Love Matzah, Tracy ­Newman's Passover Is Coming!, and Sylvia A. Rouss's Sammy Spider's Passover Shapes."—School Library JournalJournal

Author Bio

Pamela Mayer lives in San Francisco, writes children's books, and works as a children's librarian. She and her husband have two daughters and a very cute dog named Charlie.
Viviana Garofoli was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She has illustrated more than 70 children's books.