MORE THAN ENOUGH ~ A Passover StoryÂ
By April Halprin Wayland,Â illustrated by Katie Kath
(Dial)Â ages 3â€“5 (40 pages) ISBN 978-0-8037-4126-3
Buy atÂ your local independent book store!
(If there are no indies near you, thatâ€™s another story. Then by all means buy itÂ here.)
The New York Times:
More Than EnoughÂ works equally well as a primer on PassoverÂ and a reminder for any child, Jewish or not, that any day can be filled with things that feel like blessingsâ€¦Kathâ€™s friendly watercolor illustrations seem to hum with personality and lively details.
Wayland employs flowing, descriptive language that sets each scene and captures the essence of the holiday…Kathâ€™s fresh, perky watercolors perfectly match the joyous tone of the text.
A delightful, modern take on an ancient tradition. (glossary, authorâ€™s note)
No Passover seder is complete without a rousing rendition of â€śDayenuâ€ť (â€śIt would have been enoughâ€ť), a song of gratitude for everything God did in redeeming the Israelites from slavery. Wayland (New Year at the Pier) and Kath (Penelope Perfect) give â€śDayenuâ€ť an even broader meaning, explaining the song as â€śa reminder to be aware of and grateful for the blessings in each moment.â€ť…Â Kathâ€™s scenes of Jewish home life exude an easygoing buoyancy and warmth, with just enough humor and detail to make readers eager to find their own â€śDayenuâ€ť moments. Ages 3â€“5.
San Diego Jewish World:
…Even if itâ€™s currently out of season, this isÂ the kind of book that one can put away until the approach of next PassoverÂ to beÂ read to young children to help them get ready for the season. The lyrics and music to the â€śDayenuâ€ť song are printed on one of the back pages.
The Jewish Eye:
DayenuÂ is a joyful, upbeat, and energetic song, as is this book!
…In addition to the energetic illustrations and riveting story, this book also includes a handy glossary that will explain the story of Passover, and some of the words in the text, in greater detail for those not already familiar with them. You’ll also find the first stanza and chorus of the song, along with the accompanying musical notations at the end of the book.
…More Than EnoughÂ is a great book to enhance your young children’s knowledge and enjoyment of the Passover, to introduce non-Jewish children to this holiday, and as a year-round book to encourage the love of reading in pre and early readers.