- Ways to Celebrate: a new feature detailing ideas of how to mark the holiday
- How the holiday is celebrated in other parts of the world, or how it is celebrated by a variety of families in the US
- Updated photographs and updated calendar
- An excellent introduction to our multicultural world
- "Words You Know" section
- Meets Reading First funding requirements
3/1/04 Jewish Book World
Like other titles in this series, this is simple introduction to Purim, illustrated with color photographs and told in short sentences-a few to a page. The book is small in size and inviting to young children, who may "read" the pictures or, if a little older, read the text. The pronunciation of some of the more unfamiliar words, like "celebrate" and "seudah" is given parenthetically within the sentence where it is used. The content briefly explains the history and meaning of the holiday and how it is observed, all enhanced by realistic and engaging photos. A two page section called "Words You Know" repeats some of the words and photographs that have been encountered, words like "hamantaschen," "groggers," and "scroll." There is also an index. Acceptable as a factual introduction for Jewish preschoolers or children ages 5 through 7 who have had no exposure to Purim.