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Our Purim Bunchbrary goes great with Hamantaschen

Is Purim the most fun of all Jewish holidays? It’s certainly in the running! Costumes, cookies, a kickass queen and escaping a proto-Hitler, what’s not to love? Here are five stories to read with your kids this week. (Purim starts tomorrow evening, March 7, and goes until the evening of March 8.)

1. Cakes and Miracles by Barbara Diamond Goldin (2010)

Hershel wants to help his mother prepare for Purim and make the Hamantaschen with her. One problem: he’s blind. “If only I could see, he thinks, I could help my mother more.” Good thing an angel comes to him in his dream and tells him what he can make and how he can help.

2. Purim Goodies by Amalia Hoffman (2007)

Purim Goodies tells kids all about the ingredients that are important to this holiday via two curious girls who want to sample a little of everything. Perfect for the budding chef, foodie, or the kid who just can’t keep his hands out of the cookie jar.

3. Raisel’s Riddle by Erica Silverman (1999)

Raisel’s Riddle is a Jewish take on the classic Cinderella story. She doesn’t have a wicked stepmother, but when she goes to work in a rabbi’s home, the rabbi’s cook does her best to make life difficult for Raisel. As Purim approaches, the cook makes Raisel work even harder than before. And who should be at the Purim dinner but the prince! Oops, we mean the rabbi’s son. But it ain’t no glass slipper that attracts the rabbi’s son’s attention; it’s wisdom. Also, this book is full of gorgeous illustrations.

4. Problems in Purimville by Karen Fisman (2010)

Jacob and Sarah are getting ready to celebrate Purim when they hear a mysterious cry for help. Who is making the delicious holiday foods less than delicious? Who’s messing with the costumes? It’s off to Purimville for Jacob and Sarah to get to the bottom of this mystery.

5. Barnyard Purim by Karen Terwilliger (2012)

Another book full of beautifully colourful illustrations! Farmer Max leaves his animals alone as he goes to see a Purim play, but the animals are feeling left out. They decide to put on their own Purim play! With a duck as Queen Esther, a sensitive sheep as Haman and a chicken directing the whole thing, how could this not be a great read? And if anyone’s looking for a costume idea this Purim, a sheep in wolf’s clothing sounds like a winner.

Do you have any favourite Purim reads?

Images via Amazon and the Open Library

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