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Children's Fiction Passover


by (author) Tziporah Cohen

illustrated by Yaara Eshet

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Mar 2023
Passover, Values & Virtues, Middle East
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    Publish Date
    Mar 2023
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    Mar 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1


Honor, Sydney Taylor Book Award

In this wordless time-travel adventure, three children at a Passover seder visit ancient Egypt to help baby Moses find his way safely to Pharaoh’s daughter.

When a family settles at the table for Passover, their dog nabs the afikomen bag (containing matzah used for the seder) and dives under the tablecloth. The children follow him and find themselves transported to ancient Egypt. There, they see baby Moses’ mother and sister Miriam placing him in a reed basket. The baby’s journey down the Nile is hazardous — he encounters several obstacles along the way, including a wily crocodile. Thanks to the three children, he reaches his destination unharmed, with a piece of afikomen tucked into his basket. The children return to the seder table and, exhausted, fall asleep. But what are their parents to make of the grains of sand in the afikomen bag?

Includes an author’s note about the meaning of the Passover holiday and about different afikomen traditions.


Key Text Features

author’s note



literary references





Correlates to the Common Core States Standards in English Language Arts:


With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.


Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.


Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

About the authors

Tziporah (Tzippy) Cohen was born and raised in New York and spent eighteen years in Boston before landing in Canada, where she now lives with her husband, three kids, two cats and one dog.
Tzippy studied French and theater arts at Cornell University, where she was one of a handful of chimesmasters who performed concerts in the campus bell tower. Many years after graduating from Harvard Medical School, she received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She now splits her time between writing and working as an oncology/palliative care psychiatrist. Follow her on Twitter @tzippymfa.

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YAARA ESHET was born in Israel and studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. She has illustrated more than thirty books for readers of all ages, including Journey Around the Sun: The Story of Halley’s Comet by James Gladstone, which received starred reviews from Kirkus and Quill and Quire. She has exhibited her art in galleries and museums, in solo and group exhibitions, in Israel and Canada. Yaara lives with her family and cats in Toronto, Ontario.

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  • Commended, Cooperative Children's Book Center, CCBC Choices
  • Commended, Sydney Taylor Book Award — Honor
  • Commended, Horn Book Fanfare

Editorial Reviews

The illustrations are beautifully drawn.

Quebec Library Association

Unique, comic-style wordless picture book.

Calgary Herald

This wordless Passover time travel adventure is beautifully illustrated in ink and watercolor. … Eshet vividly depicts both ancient and contemporary settings and practices. … Afikomen should be a number one pick.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Children familiar with the story of Passover … will delight in ­decoding the ­pictures, looking for hidden clues, and ­retelling the tale.

School Library Journal

A generally lighthearted tale, but one that nods at the more serious history behind the holiday and at the concept of reliving the Jewish enslavement on Passover. STARRED REVIEW

Horn Book

Passover magic.


Even readers unfamiliar with the tale will find themselves drawn in by Eshet’s lyrical ink and watercolor drawings.

Publishers Weekly

Sweet and fun.


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