|Ben dressed as a Blue Monster celebrating Purim with his classmates.|
While my family is not Jewish, I can get behind any holiday that celebrates a woman speaking truth to power, and certainly one that advocates eating, drinking, and being merry. As a long-time fan of hamentaschen, it's good for me to finally know what these little triangles I love to devour actually represent (Haman's three-cornered hat).
|Delicious plate of Hamentaschen|
Purim by Miriam Nerlove - This book tells the straight-forward Purim story as heard by a little boy from his Rabbi. For someone with no background in the holiday, this was a good easy primer - the language was a bit jarring at times - and I had to modify it a bit for my two-year-olds. But, given that the story itself is about killing and massacre, and the whole point is deliverance from this brutal truth, others may think that censoring the language detracts from part of the point.
It's Party Time! A Purim Story by Jonny Zucker - I love the colorful illustrations in this book which focuses more on how Purim is celebrated - with costumes, noise makers, and presents - rather than the historical significance of the holiday.
When It's Purim by Edie Stoltz Zolkower - this cute little board book tells the rhyming story of animals baking hamentaschen to give as gifts.