Review: Purr-im Time
by Jenna Waldman, illustrated by Erica J. Chen
Apples & Honey Press (imprint of Behrman House), 2023
This imaginative rhyming story of a Purim day in the life of three kittens has all the joyful elements of the holiday. From the moment the kitties wake up until they fall into bed, weary from a full day of baking hamantaschen, marching in the Purim parade, and going to the Purim carnival, they are celebrating the holiday.
The megillah reading tells the story of Purim in a child-friendly way, so all can revel in the defeat of Haman and take pride in Esther’s heroism. And the dynamic movement of Erica Chen’s beautifully illustrated kitties shows them practically jumping off the page with their delight at the holiday.
As a bonus, the back matter includes a mishloach manot craft idea with instructions. There is also a note to families stressing the kindness and charity that are important elements of the holiday.
Purr-im Time! is a good candidate for the Sydney Taylor Book Award with its clear message that Purim is a time for rejoicing, acting silly, and performing mitzvot.
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