Had Gadya: A Passover Song (Paperback)
Every Passover Seder ends with a rousing version of Had Gadya, the most loved Passover song. Noted graphic artist Seymour Chwast creates a visual story-within-a-story, in a timeless village where everyone is busy preparing for the holiday. With an Afterword by Rabbi Michael Strassfeld on the history and symbolism of the song, this book enriches the Passover experience for young and old.
He based his depiction of the angel on Rabbinic sources, and created the setting of HAD GADYA""from his appreciation of the paintings of Marc Chagall and his interest in folk art.
“The simple yet thorough explanations and interpretations will provide a boon for parents seeking to help their children understand the relevance of the simple folk song to the greater mysteries of this important Jewish holy day.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Exuberant . . . bound to add to the pleasure of the Seder even as it provokes some lively arguments.”—Booklist
“Chwast, a noted graphic artist, puts the traditional song in a fresh new setting.”—Washington Post Book World
“Delightful. Chwast’s paintings are at once whimsical and powerful.”—The Jewish Week
“As an artist whose immediately recognizable images are at once primitive and childlike, yet sophisticated and modern, who better than Seymour Chwast to capture the Seder’s [traditional last song].”—The Forward