Video Interview with Erica Cohen Lyons, author of ALONE TOGETHER ON DAN STREET
PB (Picture Book Tasting) -- ALONE TOGETHER ON DAN STREET by Erica Cohen Lyons, illustrated by Jennifer Jamieson
A story that begins and ends with singing is a definite keeper in my opinion. This is not only a story of singing and Passover. It's a story of togetherness, loneliness, helping each other make it through challenging times, kindness, sharing, and so much more of what the world needs now. When Mira's family in Jerusalem is confined to home during the pandemic, Passover preparations are a little different. When Mira starts thinking about all the people around her who will have to celebrate Passover alone, she makes a plan to quell the loneliness and finds a way to bring everyone together for Passover! Interspersed with a lot of Passover culture and Jewish connections, this book is nonetheless perfect for every kid and every person. Mira encourages us all to think of others and invite the strangers in. It's a perfect book for Passover, and for any other time as well!
A Little Jam. . .(The Music Kind)
I have gone down the Dayenu rabbit hole! I adore this Passover song. I love this version because it's clear and easy to follow and I love how he speaks about the meaning of the song. Dayenu means enough, and the song talks about all the amazing things God did for the Jewish people, but even if He had only done ONE of those things, it would have been enough. A fun and beautiful song about gratitude! Be forewarned: If you are in a public school setting, he does talk about God in this song (It is, after all, a Passover song -- and Passover is a very religious holiday.). Use your discretion if you choose to use it. It is a lovely song, with incredible meaning for people of faith. If you'd like something Jewish to go along with this study, I can recommend this Israeli folksong (Zum Gali Gali Gali, Zum Gali Gali) It would be great in a music class or a regular classroom or anywhere you'd like a bit of Jewish folksong.
Teacher Tips/Curriculum Tie-ins
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