A Tale of Two Seders

by Mindy Avra Portnoy and Valeria Cis

“The year after my mom and dad stopped being married to each other, I went... read more

“The year after my mom and dad stopped being married to each other, I went to two seders in two places—one at Dad’s apartment, and one at Mom’s house.” A girl’s straightforward account of how she navigates moving between two households focuses on how she has observed Passover in the three years since her parents’ divorce. Child–friendly details in the narrative introduce information about the seder as well as a wide circle of extended family and friends who are part of her Passover meals. With the passage of time come additional changes to her family, most notably her dad’s upcoming remarriage but also her parents’ decision to have the entire family—including her dad’s future wife—attend a seder together at their Temple. Lively illustrations accompany this welcome story that concludes with recipes for charoset from four different cultural traditions and a glossary of terms. (Ages 4–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2011

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