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Engineer Ari and the Passover rush
Cohen, Deborah Bodin, 1968-
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Kar-Ben Publishing, [2015]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm
"In 1893, Engineer Ari is in a rush to get his train to Jerusalem and back before Passover, and he still needs many things for his seder plate. Luckily he has many friends to help"--
Reading Level:
AD 590 Lexile.
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Engineer Ari rushes to complete his final train ride to Jerusalem before Passover begins, but will he run out of time before getting the items he needs for his seder plate?

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This fourth entry in the Engineer Ari series finds Ari rushing to complete his steam-engine run round trip from Jaffa to Jerusalem before Passover begins. He leaves for the train station with his holiday shopping list, and throughout the day, neighbors and friends present him with holiday gifts: an egg from Miriam, dates and almonds from Moshe, parsley from Shifra, and horseradish from Aaron. In return, Ari purchases special Passover matzah for everyone. He arrives home just in time for the seder, only to fall asleep before the festive meal is served. Set in 1893, Cohen's story provides readers with a glimpse of daily life for Palestinian Jews in the years before the British Mandate. Israeli illustrator Kober's cheerful, cartoon-style artwork reflects the sights and sounds of this bygone era. Appended with a note about the real Jerusalem-to-Jaffa train, this makes a good addition to the holiday shelf, especially for Israeli history buffs.--Weisman, Kay Copyright 2015 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Ari works on the Jaffa-Jerusalem line, a steam train that started running in 1892, according to the author's note. He is in a rush to make the train schedule and do his shopping before the holiday begins, and this ties in with his rush to make matzah within the prescribed 18 minutes. His friends along the route supply him with seder plate ingredients, showing a warm sense of community. The pencil and digital illustrations have a loose, cartoon style that gives a good sense of the Israeli landscape and architecture. The story is a little contrived, with Ari being lucky enough to be given most of the supplies he needs and making unscheduled stops to chat with friends. The railroad theme has universal appeal but perhaps not enough to attract readers who know nothing about Passover as the author's note is minimal. VERDICT Useful for Judaica collections or where the earlier "Engineer Ari" books (Kar-Ben) are popular.-Heidi Estrin, Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL © Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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