Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
The Galinskys and the Lippas have been neighbors and friends for generations, but a small bartering disagreement has sundered that friendship. Young Rachel Galinsky and David Lippa have always known they would marry, but now that fairy tale ending seems impossible. As Passover approaches and the families refuse to share the holiday meals as they always have, the two children realize that the time has come to enlist the aid of their wise rabbi, who quickly implements a plan to help bring peace to the seder table. Natchev's artwork-created by carving an image into wood and linoleum plates, inking the image with a roller, printing it by hand, then hand-coloring with watercolors-does a magnificent job of bringing this Jewish Romeo and Juliet fable to life. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
A foolish argument creates a feud that can only be resolved through a wisely engineered pretense. The Galinskys and the Lippas trade geese and hens with unequal results. When the geese die and an unreasonable misunderstanding ensues, the family elders cut off their longstanding friendship. But David Lippa and Rachel Galinsky, like Romeo and Juliet, wish to marry. They seek the Rabbi's advice to bring the two families together and involve the rest of the villagers in a ruse to gain invitations from their feuding parents for the yearly Passover Seder. "One by one the neighbors came. pleading injury, poverty, bad planning, or broken dishes." Preparations for the mammoth ceremonial dinner include a lot of furniture--stretching from each family's house until two long, winding tables almost connect between backyards. Heeding the Rabbi's plea for joyous celebration "in our love for each other," the feud ends, with the Rabbi's own table unifying the two dinners before the Seder begins. But how to welcome Elijah outside? David and Rachel go back inside to open the unused front door for the symbolic gesture. Old-world storytelling depicting a bygone era of Eastern European shtetl life is augmented by folk-artinspired, roughly detailed woodcuts hand-colored with watercolor inks. The prudent message that all Jews are one family rings out clearly and joyfully. (Picture book/religion. 5-8)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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