Jewish Values: Private Joel and the Sewell Mountain Seder

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Publication Year: 
2008
Number of Pages: 
48 p.
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Bryna Fireside has transformed a true account of a seder held by Union soldiers during the Civil War into an easy-reading and appealing story in which three former slaves who are also soldiers in the Ohio 23rd join the twenty-one Jewish soldiers and their commander, William S. Rosecrans, in preparing for and then celebrating their seder. As the preparations ensue and the seder begins, Passover’s blessings, symbols, and meaning are extended to include the experiences of the African-American soldiers and their hope for freedom. A humorous tone is also injected, as several of the soldiers indulge in too many glasses of cider and have to be carried off to bed. Attractive, heavily-textured, full-color paintings adorn the story, written in a light, lively style and divided into short chapters.
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ISBN: 
978-0-8225-7240-4
Book ID: 
1233
Sydney Taylor Winner: 
No