{"id":4300002197583,"title":"Welcoming Elijah","handle":"welcoming-elijah","description":"\u003cb\u003e\u003cfont size=\"4\"\u003eWelcoming Elijah\u003c\/font\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\u003cfont size=\"3\"\u003eA Passover Tale with a Tail\u003c\/font\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/leslea-newman\"\u003eLesléa Newman\u003c\/a\u003e \/ Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/susan-gal\"\u003eSusan Gal\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eThis night will be different from all other nights.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eInside, a boy and his family gather at table to celebrate the Passover seder. Outside, a stray kitten wanders, hungry and alone. When it's time to symbolically open the family's front door for the prophet Elijah, both the boy and the cat are in for a remarkable surprise.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eCelebrated author Lesléa Newman unites a young boy and a stray kitten in a warm, lyrical story about Passover, family, and friendship.\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/rabbi-benjamins-buttons\"\u003eRabbi Benjamin's Buttons\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/a-moon-for-moe-and-mo\"\u003eA Moon for Moe and Mo\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/welcoming-elijah-spread.jpg?2454\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\n\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eLesléa Newman, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eLesléa Newman has written more than seventy books and anthologies, including the groundbreaking picture book \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eHeather Has Two Mommies\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e. She is also the author of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eOctober Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003eand\u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eSparkle Boy\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/leslea-newman\"\u003e Read more\u003c\/a\u003e about Lesléa.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSusan Gal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eSusan Gal holds a BFA from Art Center College of Design and has illustrated several books for children, including \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eAbracadabra, It's Spring!\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eHere Is the World: A Year of Jewish Holidays\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/susan-gal\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Susan.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eComing soon!\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?4673889858015672850\"\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePreS-Gr 1–Simple, lyrical text describes how a contemporary Jewish family celebrates the Passover Seder. Inside, the house is filled with light and laughter as a young boy fills the ceremonial cup of wine for the Prophet Elijah, dips parsley in salt water, breaks the middle matzo, hears the story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt, and enjoys the holiday meal. Meanwhile, a small stray kitten waits alone in the dark for the moon to rise. When the time comes for the boy to open the door for the Prophet Elijah, the kitten has scampered up the walk and is waiting to be invited inside. The text concludes: “And that’s how Elijah [the kitten] found a home.” The luminous detailed illustrations—done in ink, charcoal, and digital collage—use deep gold, black, and blue tones to beautifully depict the contrast between the loving, festive atmosphere inside the house and the dark, still night outside. Readers will delight in finding the adorable white kitten on each spread and will notice how the kitten’s actions outside mimic the boy’s actions inside. A large, intergenerational and racially diverse family is warmly depicted. An extensive author’s note is appended, providing background information about the history and customs of the Passover holiday along with a listing of some of the traditional rituals of the Passover Seder.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eVERDICT: Anybody who has ever opened the door for Elijah during the Passover Seder will relish this charming, magical, and heartwarming story.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePassover nights are different, happily so for a boy and a kitten.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt’s a Seder night, and a boy and his large family welcome guests to the festive holiday celebration. There are many rituals in the evening, including filling a cup of wine for the prophet Elisha, but his favorite is opening the door to welcome Elijah in. Writing in contrasting couplets, Newman relates the many elements of the holiday as “inside” activities. There are also “outside” goings-on. A fluffy white cat in the yard does feline things that seem to mimic what the family and their guests are doing except in one respect. The family enjoys plenty of good food while the kitten “swishe[s] his skinny tail.” Finally it is time to hold open the door, and who should be standing there but that irresistibly appealing fluffy white kitten. Boy and kitten, to be named Elijah of course, embrace as the others look on in joy. Gal’s softly smudged illustrations, rendered in ink, charcoal, and digital collage, warmly reflect the text’s contrasts, with bright yellows illuminating the household and iridescent blues bathing the outdoor scenes. The family and friends are racially diverse, with both black- and white-presenting group members. The boy himself presents white; the men wear kippot.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhile not the traditional holiday outcome, it should please celebrants and cat lovers all. (author’s note, list of Seder rituals) (Picture book. 4-7)\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eForeword\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAs night falls, a boy and his family gather together for a traditional Passover Seder. With wide eyes and an infectious smile, the boy shares all of his favorite activities and stories, illustrated in warm, candlelit scenes. Meanwhile, outside in the shadowy moonlight, something lurks. The night is full of contrasts—dark and light, joy and sadness—that build until the boy reaches his most cherished ritual of all: opening the door for Elijah the Prophet.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?4673889858015672850\"\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eShelf Awareness\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJust as Jewish families open their doors for the prophet Elijah, Welcoming Elijah opens the Seder ritual and invites readers into the festivities. This heartwarming tale of a young boy and a tiny, stray kitten plays out entirely during the traditional meal as the story of the Exodus is retold and celebrated.Lesléa Newman's (Gittel's Journey) poetic text alternates between the boy's perspective and that of the feline: \"Inside, the boy drank grape juice.\/ Outside, the kitten lapped at a puddle.\" Inside, readers are engaged with the customs of a Jewish Seder, like filling Elijah's cup, dipping parsley into salt water and singing (the activities are discussed further in an author's note). Outside, the kitten mewls and swings its \"skinny tail.\" Susan Gal's (Bella's Fall Coat illustrator) atmospheric illustrations reinforce the contrasting viewpoints: the child bathed in light and surrounded by family, the cat alone in the dark. This variance, paired with foreshadowing in the early pages--\"Tonight would be different\/ from all other nights.\/ The boy knew this.\/ The kitten did, too\"--develops an intriguingly suspenseful tone. Gal's digital collage, charcoal and ink illustrations switch between hot and cool palettes, creating a sense of emotional warmth. Her superb use of line gives a fluidity to the art as well as a tactile impression of texture--readers will likely want to cuddle the furry white kitten with the silky pink ears. Meanwhile, anticipation builds for the moment the parallel paths of boy and kitten veer to intersect.Together Newman and Gal immerse their audience in the beauty and joy of the Jewish service. This delightful, captivating Passover narrative can be appreciated by readers of any faith.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cb\u003eThe Jewish Book Council\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePassover arrives in this charm­ing pic­ture book. Author Lesléa New­man writes about select­ed parts of the Seder, espe­cial­ly the excite­ment of open­ing the door for Eli­jah the Prophet, using rep­e­ti­tion and oppo­sites, strong tech­niques for young read­ers. The oppo­sites con­sist of an unnamed boy and a cat; the boy is inside and the cat is out­side. The boy belongs, par­tic­i­pates in the hol­i­day with extend­ed fam­i­ly, and is warm, cared for, and hap­py. The cat does not belong; it is lone­ly, hun­gry, cold, and sad. As the dif­fer­ences between boy and ani­mal build, the tale chrono­log­i­cal­ly recounts the Seder in a suc­cinct way, designed main­ly for read­ers famil­iar with Passover and its mean­ing. The boy and the cat have one thing in com­mon: they are both wait­ing. While they wait, they know tonight will be dif­fer­ent, a key line in Seder litur­gy. When it comes time to open the door for Eli­jah, the boy goes to the door alone. He opens it, finds the cat, and names it Eli­jah. The cat finds a home. Read­ers review cus­toms with the sto­ry: Elijah’s cup on the table, drink­ing wine (or grape juice), wash­ing hands, dip­ping pars­ley into salt water, break­ing the mid­dle matzah, hear­ing the sto­ry of the Exo­dus, the Passover meal, songs, and final­ly, the time to open the door.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e The book is warm and full of Jew­ish iden­ti­ty. The illus­tra­tions in rich jew­el tones are pleas­ant, calm­ing, and sup­port the text well. The skin tones in the pic­tures show a non­white fam­i­ly, an impor­tant inclu­sive fea­ture. An end­ing author’s note adds infor­ma­tion that does not appear in the sto­ry itself. This includes the Israelites’ his­to­ry in Egypt, God’s choice of Moses, the plagues, the hasty depar­ture, and the impor­tance of free­dom. Read­ers absorb the dif­fer­ence between in and out in more ways than one.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cb\u003eThe Horn Book\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOn Passover, inside his warm and cozy house, a boy waits expectantly for his family’s Seder. Outdoors, a kitten waits alone for the moon to appear. Inside, the Seder begins. The boy fills the Cup of Elijah, a ritual that welcomes the prophet into the home. The child listens to the Passover story and enjoys a traditional meal, while outside the cat listens to whispering leaves and “ate nothing at all.” Readers recognize or learn about nearly all the steps of the Seder while getting to know the roaming feline, its roughly parallel activities shown, split-screen-style, on every spread. The cat’s rambles lead to the boy’s doorstep at the same moment he opens the door for the prophet: “And that’s how Elijah found a home.” Gal’s warmhearted illustrations, in ink, charcoal, and digital collage, show a diverse, loving extended Jewish family. The art is suffused with light, including golden hues, warm browns, and midnight blues along with textured brushstrokes, subtle patterns, dark outlines, and the whitish-gray cat. Passover-themed details in the text (“Tonight would be different from all other nights,” think boy and cat—a nod to the Four Questions), the illustrations (gefilte fish advertised in a market window), and the story’s message—let all who are hungry come and eat—will resonate with readers; for those unfamiliar with the holiday, Newman’s informative and personal appended author’s note provides more detail. Waiting is a feeling with which young Seder-goers will likely be familiar. 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Outside, a stray kitten wanders, hungry and alone. When it's time to symbolically open the family's front door for the prophet Elijah, both the boy and the cat are in for a remarkable surprise.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eCelebrated author Lesléa Newman unites a young boy and a stray kitten in a warm, lyrical story about Passover, family, and friendship.\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/rabbi-benjamins-buttons\"\u003eRabbi Benjamin's Buttons\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/a-moon-for-moe-and-mo\"\u003eA Moon for Moe and Mo\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/welcoming-elijah-spread.jpg?2454\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\n\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eLesléa Newman, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eLesléa Newman has written more than seventy books and anthologies, including the groundbreaking picture book \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eHeather Has Two Mommies\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e. She is also the author of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eOctober Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003eand\u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eSparkle Boy\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/leslea-newman\"\u003e Read more\u003c\/a\u003e about Lesléa.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSusan Gal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eSusan Gal holds a BFA from Art Center College of Design and has illustrated several books for children, including \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eAbracadabra, It's Spring!\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eHere Is the World: A Year of Jewish Holidays\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/susan-gal\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Susan.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eComing soon!\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?4673889858015672850\"\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePreS-Gr 1–Simple, lyrical text describes how a contemporary Jewish family celebrates the Passover Seder. Inside, the house is filled with light and laughter as a young boy fills the ceremonial cup of wine for the Prophet Elijah, dips parsley in salt water, breaks the middle matzo, hears the story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt, and enjoys the holiday meal. Meanwhile, a small stray kitten waits alone in the dark for the moon to rise. When the time comes for the boy to open the door for the Prophet Elijah, the kitten has scampered up the walk and is waiting to be invited inside. The text concludes: “And that’s how Elijah [the kitten] found a home.” The luminous detailed illustrations—done in ink, charcoal, and digital collage—use deep gold, black, and blue tones to beautifully depict the contrast between the loving, festive atmosphere inside the house and the dark, still night outside. Readers will delight in finding the adorable white kitten on each spread and will notice how the kitten’s actions outside mimic the boy’s actions inside. A large, intergenerational and racially diverse family is warmly depicted. An extensive author’s note is appended, providing background information about the history and customs of the Passover holiday along with a listing of some of the traditional rituals of the Passover Seder.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eVERDICT: Anybody who has ever opened the door for Elijah during the Passover Seder will relish this charming, magical, and heartwarming story.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePassover nights are different, happily so for a boy and a kitten.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt’s a Seder night, and a boy and his large family welcome guests to the festive holiday celebration. There are many rituals in the evening, including filling a cup of wine for the prophet Elisha, but his favorite is opening the door to welcome Elijah in. Writing in contrasting couplets, Newman relates the many elements of the holiday as “inside” activities. There are also “outside” goings-on. A fluffy white cat in the yard does feline things that seem to mimic what the family and their guests are doing except in one respect. The family enjoys plenty of good food while the kitten “swishe[s] his skinny tail.” Finally it is time to hold open the door, and who should be standing there but that irresistibly appealing fluffy white kitten. Boy and kitten, to be named Elijah of course, embrace as the others look on in joy. Gal’s softly smudged illustrations, rendered in ink, charcoal, and digital collage, warmly reflect the text’s contrasts, with bright yellows illuminating the household and iridescent blues bathing the outdoor scenes. The family and friends are racially diverse, with both black- and white-presenting group members. The boy himself presents white; the men wear kippot.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhile not the traditional holiday outcome, it should please celebrants and cat lovers all. (author’s note, list of Seder rituals) (Picture book. 4-7)\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eForeword\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAs night falls, a boy and his family gather together for a traditional Passover Seder. With wide eyes and an infectious smile, the boy shares all of his favorite activities and stories, illustrated in warm, candlelit scenes. Meanwhile, outside in the shadowy moonlight, something lurks. The night is full of contrasts—dark and light, joy and sadness—that build until the boy reaches his most cherished ritual of all: opening the door for Elijah the Prophet.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?4673889858015672850\"\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eShelf Awareness\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJust as Jewish families open their doors for the prophet Elijah, Welcoming Elijah opens the Seder ritual and invites readers into the festivities. This heartwarming tale of a young boy and a tiny, stray kitten plays out entirely during the traditional meal as the story of the Exodus is retold and celebrated.Lesléa Newman's (Gittel's Journey) poetic text alternates between the boy's perspective and that of the feline: \"Inside, the boy drank grape juice.\/ Outside, the kitten lapped at a puddle.\" Inside, readers are engaged with the customs of a Jewish Seder, like filling Elijah's cup, dipping parsley into salt water and singing (the activities are discussed further in an author's note). Outside, the kitten mewls and swings its \"skinny tail.\" Susan Gal's (Bella's Fall Coat illustrator) atmospheric illustrations reinforce the contrasting viewpoints: the child bathed in light and surrounded by family, the cat alone in the dark. This variance, paired with foreshadowing in the early pages--\"Tonight would be different\/ from all other nights.\/ The boy knew this.\/ The kitten did, too\"--develops an intriguingly suspenseful tone. Gal's digital collage, charcoal and ink illustrations switch between hot and cool palettes, creating a sense of emotional warmth. Her superb use of line gives a fluidity to the art as well as a tactile impression of texture--readers will likely want to cuddle the furry white kitten with the silky pink ears. Meanwhile, anticipation builds for the moment the parallel paths of boy and kitten veer to intersect.Together Newman and Gal immerse their audience in the beauty and joy of the Jewish service. This delightful, captivating Passover narrative can be appreciated by readers of any faith.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cb\u003eThe Jewish Book Council\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePassover arrives in this charm­ing pic­ture book. Author Lesléa New­man writes about select­ed parts of the Seder, espe­cial­ly the excite­ment of open­ing the door for Eli­jah the Prophet, using rep­e­ti­tion and oppo­sites, strong tech­niques for young read­ers. The oppo­sites con­sist of an unnamed boy and a cat; the boy is inside and the cat is out­side. The boy belongs, par­tic­i­pates in the hol­i­day with extend­ed fam­i­ly, and is warm, cared for, and hap­py. The cat does not belong; it is lone­ly, hun­gry, cold, and sad. As the dif­fer­ences between boy and ani­mal build, the tale chrono­log­i­cal­ly recounts the Seder in a suc­cinct way, designed main­ly for read­ers famil­iar with Passover and its mean­ing. The boy and the cat have one thing in com­mon: they are both wait­ing. While they wait, they know tonight will be dif­fer­ent, a key line in Seder litur­gy. When it comes time to open the door for Eli­jah, the boy goes to the door alone. He opens it, finds the cat, and names it Eli­jah. The cat finds a home. Read­ers review cus­toms with the sto­ry: Elijah’s cup on the table, drink­ing wine (or grape juice), wash­ing hands, dip­ping pars­ley into salt water, break­ing the mid­dle matzah, hear­ing the sto­ry of the Exo­dus, the Passover meal, songs, and final­ly, the time to open the door.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e The book is warm and full of Jew­ish iden­ti­ty. The illus­tra­tions in rich jew­el tones are pleas­ant, calm­ing, and sup­port the text well. The skin tones in the pic­tures show a non­white fam­i­ly, an impor­tant inclu­sive fea­ture. An end­ing author’s note adds infor­ma­tion that does not appear in the sto­ry itself. This includes the Israelites’ his­to­ry in Egypt, God’s choice of Moses, the plagues, the hasty depar­ture, and the impor­tance of free­dom. Read­ers absorb the dif­fer­ence between in and out in more ways than one.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cb\u003eThe Horn Book\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOn Passover, inside his warm and cozy house, a boy waits expectantly for his family’s Seder. Outdoors, a kitten waits alone for the moon to appear. Inside, the Seder begins. The boy fills the Cup of Elijah, a ritual that welcomes the prophet into the home. The child listens to the Passover story and enjoys a traditional meal, while outside the cat listens to whispering leaves and “ate nothing at all.” Readers recognize or learn about nearly all the steps of the Seder while getting to know the roaming feline, its roughly parallel activities shown, split-screen-style, on every spread. The cat’s rambles lead to the boy’s doorstep at the same moment he opens the door for the prophet: “And that’s how Elijah found a home.” Gal’s warmhearted illustrations, in ink, charcoal, and digital collage, show a diverse, loving extended Jewish family. The art is suffused with light, including golden hues, warm browns, and midnight blues along with textured brushstrokes, subtle patterns, dark outlines, and the whitish-gray cat. Passover-themed details in the text (“Tonight would be different from all other nights,” think boy and cat—a nod to the Four Questions), the illustrations (gefilte fish advertised in a market window), and the story’s message—let all who are hungry come and eat—will resonate with readers; for those unfamiliar with the holiday, Newman’s informative and personal appended author’s note provides more detail. Waiting is a feeling with which young Seder-goers will likely be familiar. 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Welcoming Elijah

Welcoming Elijah
A Passover Tale with a Tail

By: Lesléa Newman / Illustrated by: Susan Gal

This night will be different from all other nights.

Inside, a boy and his family gather at table to celebrate the Passover seder. Outside, a stray kitten wanders, hungry and alone. When it's time to symbolically open the family's front door for the prophet Elijah, both the boy and the cat are in for a remarkable surprise.

Celebrated author Lesléa Newman unites a young boy and a stray kitten in a warm, lyrical story about Passover, family, and friendship.

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Lesléa Newman, author

Lesléa Newman has written more than seventy books and anthologies, including the groundbreaking picture book Heather Has Two Mommies. She is also the author of October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard and Sparkle Boy.

 Read more about Lesléa.


Susan Gal

Susan Gal holds a BFA from Art Center College of Design and has illustrated several books for children, including Abracadabra, It's Spring! and Here Is the World: A Year of Jewish Holidays.

Read more about Susan.

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School Library Journal, starred review

PreS-Gr 1–Simple, lyrical text describes how a contemporary Jewish family celebrates the Passover Seder. Inside, the house is filled with light and laughter as a young boy fills the ceremonial cup of wine for the Prophet Elijah, dips parsley in salt water, breaks the middle matzo, hears the story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt, and enjoys the holiday meal. Meanwhile, a small stray kitten waits alone in the dark for the moon to rise. When the time comes for the boy to open the door for the Prophet Elijah, the kitten has scampered up the walk and is waiting to be invited inside. The text concludes: “And that’s how Elijah [the kitten] found a home.” The luminous detailed illustrations—done in ink, charcoal, and digital collage—use deep gold, black, and blue tones to beautifully depict the contrast between the loving, festive atmosphere inside the house and the dark, still night outside. Readers will delight in finding the adorable white kitten on each spread and will notice how the kitten’s actions outside mimic the boy’s actions inside. A large, intergenerational and racially diverse family is warmly depicted. An extensive author’s note is appended, providing background information about the history and customs of the Passover holiday along with a listing of some of the traditional rituals of the Passover Seder.

VERDICT: Anybody who has ever opened the door for Elijah during the Passover Seder will relish this charming, magical, and heartwarming story.

Kirkus Reviews

Passover nights are different, happily so for a boy and a kitten.

It’s a Seder night, and a boy and his large family welcome guests to the festive holiday celebration. There are many rituals in the evening, including filling a cup of wine for the prophet Elisha, but his favorite is opening the door to welcome Elijah in. Writing in contrasting couplets, Newman relates the many elements of the holiday as “inside” activities. There are also “outside” goings-on. A fluffy white cat in the yard does feline things that seem to mimic what the family and their guests are doing except in one respect. The family enjoys plenty of good food while the kitten “swishe[s] his skinny tail.” Finally it is time to hold open the door, and who should be standing there but that irresistibly appealing fluffy white kitten. Boy and kitten, to be named Elijah of course, embrace as the others look on in joy. Gal’s softly smudged illustrations, rendered in ink, charcoal, and digital collage, warmly reflect the text’s contrasts, with bright yellows illuminating the household and iridescent blues bathing the outdoor scenes. The family and friends are racially diverse, with both black- and white-presenting group members. The boy himself presents white; the men wear kippot.

While not the traditional holiday outcome, it should please celebrants and cat lovers all. (author’s note, list of Seder rituals) (Picture book. 4-7)

Foreword

As night falls, a boy and his family gather together for a traditional Passover Seder. With wide eyes and an infectious smile, the boy shares all of his favorite activities and stories, illustrated in warm, candlelit scenes. Meanwhile, outside in the shadowy moonlight, something lurks. The night is full of contrasts—dark and light, joy and sadness—that build until the boy reaches his most cherished ritual of all: opening the door for Elijah the Prophet.

Shelf Awareness, starred review

Just as Jewish families open their doors for the prophet Elijah, Welcoming Elijah opens the Seder ritual and invites readers into the festivities. This heartwarming tale of a young boy and a tiny, stray kitten plays out entirely during the traditional meal as the story of the Exodus is retold and celebrated.Lesléa Newman's (Gittel's Journey) poetic text alternates between the boy's perspective and that of the feline: "Inside, the boy drank grape juice./ Outside, the kitten lapped at a puddle." Inside, readers are engaged with the customs of a Jewish Seder, like filling Elijah's cup, dipping parsley into salt water and singing (the activities are discussed further in an author's note). Outside, the kitten mewls and swings its "skinny tail." Susan Gal's (Bella's Fall Coat illustrator) atmospheric illustrations reinforce the contrasting viewpoints: the child bathed in light and surrounded by family, the cat alone in the dark. This variance, paired with foreshadowing in the early pages--"Tonight would be different/ from all other nights./ The boy knew this./ The kitten did, too"--develops an intriguingly suspenseful tone. Gal's digital collage, charcoal and ink illustrations switch between hot and cool palettes, creating a sense of emotional warmth. Her superb use of line gives a fluidity to the art as well as a tactile impression of texture--readers will likely want to cuddle the furry white kitten with the silky pink ears. Meanwhile, anticipation builds for the moment the parallel paths of boy and kitten veer to intersect.Together Newman and Gal immerse their audience in the beauty and joy of the Jewish service. This delightful, captivating Passover narrative can be appreciated by readers of any faith.

The Jewish Book Council

Passover arrives in this charm­ing pic­ture book. Author Lesléa New­man writes about select­ed parts of the Seder, espe­cial­ly the excite­ment of open­ing the door for Eli­jah the Prophet, using rep­e­ti­tion and oppo­sites, strong tech­niques for young read­ers. The oppo­sites con­sist of an unnamed boy and a cat; the boy is inside and the cat is out­side. The boy belongs, par­tic­i­pates in the hol­i­day with extend­ed fam­i­ly, and is warm, cared for, and hap­py. The cat does not belong; it is lone­ly, hun­gry, cold, and sad. As the dif­fer­ences between boy and ani­mal build, the tale chrono­log­i­cal­ly recounts the Seder in a suc­cinct way, designed main­ly for read­ers famil­iar with Passover and its mean­ing. The boy and the cat have one thing in com­mon: they are both wait­ing. While they wait, they know tonight will be dif­fer­ent, a key line in Seder litur­gy. When it comes time to open the door for Eli­jah, the boy goes to the door alone. He opens it, finds the cat, and names it Eli­jah. The cat finds a home. Read­ers review cus­toms with the sto­ry: Elijah’s cup on the table, drink­ing wine (or grape juice), wash­ing hands, dip­ping pars­ley into salt water, break­ing the mid­dle matzah, hear­ing the sto­ry of the Exo­dus, the Passover meal, songs, and final­ly, the time to open the door.

The book is warm and full of Jew­ish iden­ti­ty. The illus­tra­tions in rich jew­el tones are pleas­ant, calm­ing, and sup­port the text well. The skin tones in the pic­tures show a non­white fam­i­ly, an impor­tant inclu­sive fea­ture. An end­ing author’s note adds infor­ma­tion that does not appear in the sto­ry itself. This includes the Israelites’ his­to­ry in Egypt, God’s choice of Moses, the plagues, the hasty depar­ture, and the impor­tance of free­dom. Read­ers absorb the dif­fer­ence between in and out in more ways than one.

The Horn Book

On Passover, inside his warm and cozy house, a boy waits expectantly for his family’s Seder. Outdoors, a kitten waits alone for the moon to appear. Inside, the Seder begins. The boy fills the Cup of Elijah, a ritual that welcomes the prophet into the home. The child listens to the Passover story and enjoys a traditional meal, while outside the cat listens to whispering leaves and “ate nothing at all.” Readers recognize or learn about nearly all the steps of the Seder while getting to know the roaming feline, its roughly parallel activities shown, split-screen-style, on every spread. The cat’s rambles lead to the boy’s doorstep at the same moment he opens the door for the prophet: “And that’s how Elijah found a home.” Gal’s warmhearted illustrations, in ink, charcoal, and digital collage, show a diverse, loving extended Jewish family. The art is suffused with light, including golden hues, warm browns, and midnight blues along with textured brushstrokes, subtle patterns, dark outlines, and the whitish-gray cat. Passover-themed details in the text (“Tonight would be different from all other nights,” think boy and cat—a nod to the Four Questions), the illustrations (gefilte fish advertised in a market window), and the story’s message—let all who are hungry come and eat—will resonate with readers; for those unfamiliar with the holiday, Newman’s informative and personal appended author’s note provides more detail. Waiting is a feeling with which young Seder-goers will likely be familiar. The protagonist’s wait ends not as he expected, but satisfyingly nonetheless.

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ISBN: 978-1-58089-882-9

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Ages: 5-8
Page count: 32
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