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Tales from the TBR: A Persian Passover by Etan Basseri & Rashin Kheiriyeh

A Persian Passover, by Etan Basseri/Illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh, (March 2022, Kalaniot Books), $19.99, ISBN: 9781735087566

Ages 4-8


Siblings Ezra and Roza live in Iran and are helping their family prepare for the big Passover celebration. They’re both very excited to be part of things, but Ezra accidentally trips and falls, spilling all the fresh matzah into a big puddle! A kind neighbor steps in to save the day: and the seder! Basseri describes the excitement and anticipation of the holiday, with everyone busily working on cleaning, cooking, and baking; Ezra and Roza exhibit childlike joy as they speed around everyone with their own mission to bring flour to the bakers who will make the matzah. Basseri, lovingly recalling his father’s memories of growing up Jewish in Iran, creates a warm family story while providing learning about Passover. Colorful artwork will appeal to readers. Back matter includes a note on Jews in Persia, a glossary, a word about Passover, and a Hallaa recipe. Visit the Kalaniot website for a free downloadable activity guide!




I'm a mom, a children's librarian, bibliophile, and obsessive knitter. I'm a pop culture junkie and a proud nerd, and favorite reads usually fall into Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I review comics and graphic novels at WhatchaReading ( I'm also the co-founder of On Wednesdays We Wear Capes (, where I discuss pop culture and geek fandom from a female point of view.

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