The Yankee at the Seder

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Tricycle Press, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 40 pages
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The war is over, and everyone is saying the South lost. Ten-year-old Jacob would give anything to show those Yankees that not all Confederates are ready to surrender.

He gets his chance when he sees a real, live Yankee soldier walking down his street, on leave for Passover. But before Jacob can think of a way to be brave, the Yankee asks him for a piece of his matzoh.

This true story about a Jewish Yankee soldier joining a Southern family's Passover meal shows how common values can overcome even the most divisive differences. Gathered around the seder table, the group discusses what it means to be free--a subject as relevant today as it was during the War between the States and during the Exodus.

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About the author (2009)

Elka Weber loves making history come alive. She has taught history to both high school and college students and authored nonfiction works for adults. Elka lives in New Jersey with her husband, five children, and a pile of Haggadahs for Passover. This is her first book for children.

Adam Gustavson's floor is currently covered with Civil War books and photos of antique seder platters. A graduate of Rowan University and The School of Visual Arts, he paints and teaches in New Jersey, where he lives with his patient and lovely family. This is his fourteenth book for children.

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