Review: Purr-im Time

Purr-im Time!

by Jenna Waldman, illustrated by Erica J. Chen

Apples & Honey Press (imprint of Behrman House), 2023

Category: Picture Books
Reviewer: Arlene Schenker

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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Reviewer Arlene Schenker has a degree in Child Development from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from New York University Law School. She has worked as a New York City primary grade teacher, a lawyer, divorce mediator, and a community activist and volunteer. She now spends most of her time reading and writing picture books.