Passover in Outer Space
by Brianna Caplan Sayres
illustrated by Merrill Rainey
hardcover • picture book • 40 pages • 10" by 8"
$18.95 US • ISBN 978-1951365004
When Asteroid and her family get stuck in outer space for Passover, Asteroid plans a Passover seder for herself and her family that is truly out-of-this-world!
An out-of-this-world Passover fantasy!
Guests come from across the solar system!
Such interesting matzoh can be found in space!
And who knew that Jupiter's moons were matzoh balls?
Join Asteroid and her family for a seder that is truly out-of-this-world!
Asteroid Goldberg illustrations Copyright Merrill Rainey
The lesson is clear: Passover is wherever you hang— or float—your hat.
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Get ready for a Passover Seder unlike any other. When Asteroid and her family get stranded in space on their way home from Pluto, they rally together to creatively observe time-honored customs. Staying true to tradition while feasting is kind of tricky in zero gravity where the only ladle around is the Big Dipper, but it’s also lots of fun, especially with the help of colorful friends willing to try a little something different.
For the little astronauts in your home, “Asteroid Goldberg: Passover in Outer Space” takes kids on a fantastic voyage to celebrate the holiday in space. The debut picture book of this new publisher, Intergalactic Afikoman (how appropriate?), asks kids to imagine what seder might be like in outer space. First the family must clean the floating chometz on the spaceship. Next they scoop up matzo ball moons from Jupiter. Which guests will they invite? With Brianna Caplan Sayres’ lively rhyme and Merrill Rainey’s interstellar illustrations, imaginations will soar.
Rainey’s large, animated illustrations are a laugh-out-loud blast as Asteroid and her family fly around the zero gravity seder table. Even the matzah balls float. Relatives pop in from Mars and Venus. A back page includes a glossary and a link for information on Jewish astronauts.
For those kids who are drawn to outer space stories, this over-the-top rhyming tall tale featuring a family of Jewish astronauts may fit the bill... The lively illustrations are fun and goofy (especially the space dog) and so is the story.
AJL News & Reviews
Why is this Passover book different from other Passover books? Because the Goldberg family celebrates Passover in outer space!... An imaginative take on the traditional preparation for and rituals of Passover, the lively illustrations are perfect for the story...Young readers who have some understanding of the holiday and of space travel will have a blast with this one.
Asteroid Goldberg: Passover in Outer Space is a children's picturebook about a space-traveling Jewish family, the Goldbergs, who celebrate the Passover holiday while flying home from Pluto! Although the rhyming story is science fiction, it is deliberately in keeping with traditions of the seder, and features a glossary of terms related to the Passover celebration. Asteroid Goldberg: Passover in Outer Space is a delightful picturebook, and a choice pick for Jewish families to read aloud and share with their children. Highly recommended.
...There are a lot of Passover picture books, but this one definitely rises to the top. It is light and fun, telling a story that most Jewish children have heard many times, in a totally new and engaging way. I can see this becoming a Passover staple in Jewish schools and households with children aged roughly 3 to 8. It is also a fun opportunity to discuss the first person to celebrate Passover in space: NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman. Asteroid Goldberg certainly deserves consideration for the Sydney Taylor Book Award. The portrayal of Passover is positive and authentically Jewish, albeit a tiny bit inventive when sourcing ingredients. The text itself is well-written and appropriate for picture book audiences. One of the award guidelines mentions “diversity of time period and country of origin.” A book presumably set in the future, in outer space, definitely checks those boxes!