The Passover Surprise

by Gabriola Island

Book, 2015



Call number

J 244 HEL




Gabriola Island, British Columbia Fictive Press 2015


"Lisa and her little brother Jon enjoy collecting stamps. But when their father suggests a contest to see which child will get a new large stamp album, Lisa has to solve a difficult problem".--p. 4 of cover.

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LibraryThing member SheilaDeeth
Janet Ruth Heller’s The Passover Surprise is a nicely illustrated chapbook for young readers with clear print, great chapter titles, well-placed black-and-white illustrations, and a pleasing lesson well-told. The story’s set around 1960, when civil rights hit the schoolroom and the news,
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fathers might have served in the Second World War, and girls were still not supposed to like the same things as boys. It’s a deceptively simple tale in which life isn’t fair, but love and trust, with a measure of kind communication, might ease the pain.

Readers will learn about sibling rivalry and parental mistakes, while absorbing the joys of stamp collecting, Jewish Sabbath and Passover, and family love. As Lisa learns of the world’s many faults, her own problems fall into pleasing perspective, and her mother’s advice proves wise and comforting.

A great book to build good family relationships (complete with neat discussion guide), and an intriguing window into the world, The Passover Surprise is highly recommended.

Disclosure: I was given a copy and I offer my honest review.
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