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Raquela's Seder



by
Joel Edward Stein
illustrated by
Sara Ugolotti

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Lerner
Imprint
Kar-Ben
ISBN
9781728424293
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A Passover story of a girl who learns to appreciate her Jewish heritage in Inquisition-era Spain.

Raquela yearns to celebrate a Passover seder, but Inquisition-era Spain is a time when Jews must hide their religion. Under the rising moon, her clever papa, the best fisherman in town, creates a unique celebration for his family. In his fishing boat on the sea, far from prying eyes, they celebrate Raquela’s first seder with matzah and the Passover story.

Historical note. “About Passover.” Full-color illustrations. 

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

9 3/10" x 11"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

640L

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2022

Book Genres

Picture Book, Historical Fiction

Topics

Passover. Seder. Jews. Spanish Inquisition (1478–1834). Spain. Faith. Religion. Ingenuity. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 3-Raquela and her family must practice their Jewish faith in secret under the reign of King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella of Spain. On Friday evenings, for instance, the family, all of whom have brown skin and dark hair, retreats to the privacy of their cellar to light candles and observe Shabbat. Raquela's papa is an accomplished fisherman who describes the secret to his success to his daughter: one has to be smarter than a fish, and the best way to do that is to think like one. Raquela longs to share a Passover seder with her parents, which gives her papa an idea. After baking matzah and gathering the necessary supplies, the family sails out to papa's secret fishing spot at sundown, where he explains the symbolism of the foods and the history of Passover. Stein's text is both accessible and engaging for young readers, expertly weaving the distinct historical time periods together with simple, gentle language. Ugolotti's colorful illustrations delicately capture the fear and optimism experienced by the Jewish people leaving Egypt for freedom during the first Passover, as well as Raquela and her family practicing their faith in secret, generations later. Back matter includes a historical note on the Spanish Inquisition and further information about Passover. VERDICT Thoughtful and tender, this beautiful story of hope is a valuable addition to all collections.-Olivia Gorecke

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 3-Raquela and her family must practice their Jewish faith in secret under the reign of King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella of Spain. On Friday evenings, for instance, the family, all of whom have brown skin and dark hair, retreats to the privacy of their cellar to light candles and observe Shabbat. Raquela's papa is an accomplished fisherman who describes the secret to his success to his daughter: one has to be smarter than a fish, and the best way to do that is to think like one. Raquela longs to share a Passover seder with her parents, which gives her papa an idea. After baking matzah and gathering the necessary supplies, the family sails out to papa's secret fishing spot at sundown, where he explains the symbolism of the foods and the history of Passover. Stein's text is both accessible and engaging for young readers, expertly weaving the distinct historical time periods together with simple, gentle language. Ugolotti's colorful illustrations delicately capture the fear and optimism experienced by the Jewish people leaving Egypt for freedom during the first Passover, as well as Raquela and her family practicing their faith in secret, generations later. Back matter includes a historical note on the Spanish Inquisition and further information about Passover. VERDICT Thoughtful and tender, this beautiful story of hope is a valuable addition to all collections.-Olivia Gorecke

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