By Laurel Snyder
Schwartz & Wade Books, $17.99, 40 pages
Laurel Snyder has written another beautiful story book to add to your collection called The Longest Night: A Passover Story. In this book a young Jewish slave tells the Passover story as she witnessed it thousands of years ago. She recalls rivers running red and the infestations of frogs and locus. Each plague is painted until the young girl and her family are able to escape to the promise land. One interesting thing about this particular story is that aside from the story being biblical, there are no religious references— no mention of the Egyptians, God, Moses, the Promise Land or Passover itself. Readers will only find these words inside the front cover and in the title of the story. In fact, unless you already know the story, it will be hard to tell this tale is actually biblically based. The approach the author takes to this particular story allows for this tale to be shared with any child, regardless of faith.
“Walls of water all around
Made a giant rushing sound.
But we charged!
Another sweet thing about this book is that it is written as poetry. Every pair of lines rhyme. Parents will be happy to read this new book to their young ones.
Reviewed by Andrea Franke