The Great Passover Escape
Long-suffering Chimp tries to talk his friends Ellie the Elephant and Kanga the Kangaroo out of trying to escape from the Biblical Zoo to find a Passover seder to attend, but ends up joining them in the escapade, teaching them about the Passover holiday along the way. And whose house do they turn up at for the seder? Their old friend and zookeeper, Shmulik! Droll Passover story includes lots of funny mistakes when the animals try to remember the words for Passover items and get them all wrong, needing to be corrected by Chimp. Includes back matter about Passover and the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem.
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"When Passover comes around, Ellie the elephant and Kang the kangaroo, residents of Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo, are determined to escape and see a seder for themselves. But their holiday knowledge is riddled with malapropisms: Ellie is convinced that God sent planes rather than plagues, while Kang is certain it's plates. Fortunately, they enlist Chimp as an accomplice, who facilitates the escape and possesses a comparatively rabbinical level of Passover knowledge. And the trip is all the more joyous when they coincidentally choose the house that belongs to Zookeeper Shmulik, who, in keeping with tradition, opens his door and welcomes 'all who are hungry' to join the festivities. Weiser's playful digital illustrations have the inventive framings of mid-century art posters, while Moritz's linguistically twisty text leads this earnest but nonsensical Passover tale that may well become the basis for many a holiday in-joke." -- Publishers Weekly-- (2/8/2021 12:00:00 AM)
"The Great Passover Escape is an adorable story about three animal friends who live in the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem and are planning to escape so they can experience a Passover seder. Chimp, who has lived in the zoo since his birth and shows great caution in his actions, has learned all about the customs of Passover from his friend, zookeeper Shmulik. Ellie the Elephant and Kanga the Kangaroo insist that they know all about the holiday and finally convince Chimp to join them on their adventure. However, their limited knowledge includes word plays and puns which add to the fun while creating a light atmosphere of holiday excitement and friendly cooperation. The bright, colorful illustrations portray a tale of determination, friendship, freedom, and holiday spirit. This book presents an excellent introduction to the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem, a wonderful place for children of all ages to learn about animals mentioned in the Bible as well as endangered species. Young children, whether or not they have any Jewish educational background, will be exposed to basic information about Passover including its history and festive customs from seeing the animals' participate in the celebration and can enjoy the anticipation of a seder which will eventually include everyone just as the Haggadah tells us!" -- Rachel Glasser, AJL Newsletter, retired librarian, Yavneh Academy, Teaneck, NJ-- (2/5/2021 12:00:00 AM)