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Private Joel and the Sewell Mountain Seder
Private Joel and the Sewell Mountain Seder

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Product Code: 9780822590507

Named one of Bank Street College of Education's Best Books of the Year The Civil War was underway, and Private J.A. Joel and his company were camped out in West Virginia. Passover was two weeks away, and he and his fellow Jewish soldiers were homesick. With permission from their commander and matzah brought in on a train from Cincinnati, the group went to work. Using cider for wine, carrot tops for parsley, and a brick to symbolize charoset, the soldiers improvised a seder to remember. The participation of three former slaves, now members of their regiment, lent a special poignancy to this celebration of freedom. Inspired by a true story. "Fireside has created a book that will grab the attention of middle grade readers by tying the religious holiday of Passover into an action story set during wartime. The soldiers bring an element of humor to the tale and offer a touching look at the loneliness of war and the comfort of religious faith." �MultiCultural Review "[The seder scene] reaps the benefits of the author's extensive research, and does a remarkable job of making the experience come alive for the reader. The painted illustrations add just the right amount of drama to the story." �Jewish Book World "Attractive, heavily-textured, full-color paintings adorn the story, written in a light, lively style...an excellent addition to the genre."

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