Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 8, 2023

Book Giveaway: PIPPA’S PASSOVER PLATE – Board Book by Vivian Kirkfield

Vivian Kirkfield has a new board book, PIPPA’S PASSOVER PLATE, illustrated by Jill Weber and published by Holiday House Books on January 17th. They have agreed to send a copy to the one lucky winner in the US.

Just leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Let me know other things you did to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Terry and Raúl.

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Sundown is near, and it’s almost time for the Seder to begin–but where is Pippa’s special Passover plate? A colorful board book adventure to introduce the youngest readers to an important Jewish holiday.

In this festive board book, Pippa the Mouse has been working hard all day–cleaning her house, setting the table, cooking the meal. Everything looks great–but her special Seder plate is missing! Pippa must venture outside to ask the big cat, snake, owl, and fish. In bravely facing her animal neighbors, this adorable little mouse finds not only her missing Seder plate–but new friends.

A charming story with a happy ending, Pippa’s Passover Plate pairs rhyming text with bright paintings by Jill Weber, illustrator of The Story of Passover and The Story of Esther. Filled with simple text and repetition, this is a perfect board book to share with the youngest readers, just in time for your own Passover festivities.

BOOK JOURNEY:

Reinvention is the Name of the Game

WOW! What a joy to be back on Kathy Temean’s Writing and Illustrating blog. Thank you so much, Kathy! And WOW…because I’m here with the same book you all saw when PIPPA’S PASSOVER PLATE originally launched as a hardcover picture book in February 2019. That was just four years ago…but so much has happened to all of us – the world has certainly changed.

And that’s the thing I’ve learned in my three-quarters of a century on this earth. As David Bowie said in his song, change is going to happen – and I think we need to be willing to reinvent ourselves. I’ve definitely done that several times in my life. As a child, I dreamed of becoming a teacher. But when I made that dream a reality, I realized I had another dream…which eventually led me to where I am now…living my dream of writing for children and helping other writers follow their dreams, too.

Reinvention can take place when we learn new skills and get a new job. It can happen when we read something or listen to someone and our world view changes. With books, reinvention may simply be a different format that makes the book accessible to a wider audience. I was thrilled when PJLibrary selected Pippa’s Passover Plate and sent it to thousands of families. I was happy when Holiday House decided to create a paperback edition of Pippa’s Passover Plate in 2021 because that made the book more affordable for parents and teachers. And when I found out that the publisher was planning on a board book version, I danced with joy because research has shown that the greatest amount of human learning takes place from years 0-3…the age that sturdy board books target. I joined a group of authors and author/illustrators who also have board books launching this year – I’ve loved planning promotions and presentations with Nancy Churnin, Sarah Aroeste, Varda Livney and Ann Koffsky – maybe some of you tuned in for our SCBWI webinar, Building Bountiful Board Books.

 

The board book version of Pippa’s Passover Plate is basically the same as the hardcover and paperback except for one less spread (when Pippa is searching through 18 holey socks) and of course, the smaller size and pages made of easy-to-wipe-clean and hard-to-destroy glossy cardboard. I think one of the most interesting things is that except for deleting that one spread, the text and illustrations remain intact. And that’s unusual because most board books are very low-word-count (under 100 words) – and often with very simplistic illustrations, perhaps one or two images on a page. But I think it works because of the rhyming text and refrains, plus the exceptional art by illustrator Jill Weber. If you want to find out more about her process of creating Pippa, you can check out the Illustrator Saturday post she did in 2019.

As a former kindergarten and Head Start teacher with a masters in Early Childhood Education, I believe that we need to be reading with children from day one…or even before. I know some women who read to their babies while still in utero. Putting books in the hands of babies and toddlers can open the world for them – as Professor Rudine Bishop said, books serve as mirrors to help young children know they are seen and to validate their worth…as windows to help them embrace people and cultures that are different…and as sliding doors to help spark their curiosity and lead them to want to learn more. In Pippa’s Passover Plate, children are learning about gathering courage, building diverse friendships, and treating others with kindness and compassion. Plus, they are building literacy skills they will need in the coming years, like  awareness of the sounds of language, awareness of print, and the relationship between letters and sounds.

And that’s pretty cool for a little board book, don’t you think?
In celebration of the board book launch, I’m offering a giveaway – winner’s choice of a copy of PIPPA’S PASSOVER PLATE or a PB Critique or a 30-minute Author Chat.

VIVIAN’S BIO:

Writer for children—reader forever…that’s Vivian Kirkfield in five words. Her bucket list contains many more than five words – but she’s already checked off skydiving, walking along the ocean floor, and visiting critique buddies all around the world. When she isn’t looking for ways to fall from the sky or sink under the water, she can be found writing stories in the picturesque village of Bedford, NH. A retired kindergarten teacher with a masters in Early Childhood Education, Vivian inspires budding writers during classroom visits and shares insights with aspiring authors at conferences and on her blog, Picture Books Help Kids Soar where she hosts the #50PreciousWords International Writing Contest and the #50PreciousWordsforKids Challenge.

She’s the author of many picture books that have garnered accolades such as Junior Library Guild Selection, Eureka Honor Award, Best Science STEM Book, and Social Studies Notable Trade Book including Sweet Dreams, Sarah; Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe; and From Here to There: Inventions That Changed the Way the World Moves and the upcoming Pedal, Balance Steer: Annie Londonderry, First Woman to Cycle Around the World and One Girl’s Voice: How Lucy Stone Changed the Law of the Land. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Linkedin, or just about any place people with picture books are found.

JILL’S BIO:

Jill Weber doubles as a children’s book illustrator and designer. Her favorite projects are the ones where she wears both hats. She has illustrated numerous books for children and adults, including The Story of Hanukkah, a NYTimes holiday pick, The Story Of Passover, and New York Times bestseller The Christmas Tree, which was written by Julie Salamon. Jill and Julie also collaborated on Cat in the City (Dial Books 2014) and Mutt’s Promise (Dial Books 2016 ). This year her new books are Pippa’s Passover by Vivan Kirkfield (Holiday House), What is the Story of Hello Kitty? (Penguin Workshop ) and Goodnight Bubbala by Sheryl Haft. When Jill is not at her drawing board, she can be found in her garden.

JILL began her education at Rhode Island School of Design and completed her BFA at The New Hampshire Institute of Art, where she taught children’s book illustration. Jill collaborated with author Julie Salamon onThe Christmas Tree, a New York Times best seller.

Thank you Vivian for sharing your your book and journey with us. I love how Pippa overcomes her fears to venture outside to ask her animal neighbors if they have seen her Seder plate. The rhyming refrain makes a fun read-aloud that will help young children learn to read. Also I enjoyed learning about the customs and traditions. And the backmatter provided is a nice way to share more information for readers to refer back to about the foods on the Seder plate. Jill’s illustrations are so cute. They really help tell the story and keep readers turning the page. Good luck with the book.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Vivian, your ideas, books, and positivity are superb! Thanks for brightening our world.

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  2. Here’s to reinvention! The book is beautiful. So glad to see this important holiday interpreted for the youngest children. Beautiful!

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    • I appreciate your kind words, Linda. I was thrilled when Holiday House told me they were reinventing it as a board book.

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  3. This sounds adorable and I love the illustrations!

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    • Oh yes…Jill Weber brought the story to life with her art…I’m so grateful to her!

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  4. I am looking forward to learning more about this important holiday in the Jewish faith. I like the idea of the power a book holds–it can open up minds, change perspectives, change hearts, show readers themselves and others like them. I’m an email subscriber and shared on Pinterest, tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook. Congratulations, Vivian!

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    • Thank you, loyal Danielle! And you are so spot on about the power of a book!

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  5. Pippa’s Passover Plate sounds like it’s perfect for our seder table. A wonderful way to introduce the holiday to little ones.

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    • Hurray…I’d be so honored if Pippa’s Passover Plate graced your Seder table, Elyse.

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  6. Congratulations, Vivian and Jill! How exciting that your wonderful story is now also available in a board book! I shared on Twitter, and receive your daily posts Kathy. Thanks!

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    • It was a total surprise to me, Kim…I had no idea they were thinking of doing that until Holiday House emailed me with the news.

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  7. Vivian, it’s so nice to see you here.
    Ann Finkelstein

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    • Thank you, Ann. Kathy is the most gracious and generous blogger…always making space for authors and illustrators!

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  8. I adore Vivian’s book and am happy to spread the word on this one. Congratulations Vivian! xo

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    • And I adore you, Darlene!!! Thank you for always sharing the good news!

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  9. Love this sweet book!

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    • Thank you so much, Cathy! We need to make a date down the road to get together again…maybe Kim Chaffee will be up for another Cooper Door rendezvous.

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      • Good idea, Vivian. I’ll see what I can do and let you know. 🙂

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  10. Congratulations, Vivian! It’s no secret I am a big fan of PIPPA!

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  11. So exciting ❤️❤️

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    • New books are always exciting, right? Even when they are the same story but in different format.

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  12. This looks like a really sweet story. Thanks for the post. I subscribe to your blog by email.

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    • It is sweet, Rosi…I love that it is all about making new friends, even those you thought were your enemies.

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  13. Congratulations, Vivian, on the board book version of Pippa! I’m so happy for you!

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  14. Congrats, Vivian, on this new board book! You’re creating quite the oeuvre of children’s literature!

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    • Now I need to try my hand at MG, right? I’m definitely smiling over this one, Jilanne.

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  15. Wonderful post! So cool this is the third form for Pippa! Congratulations!

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    • Thanks, Beth. It’s super cool that there is going to be a board book…I think really young kids love the rhyme and refrain.

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  16. Vivian, this is awesome news! Yay!

    I follow by email!

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  17. Congratulations! Board books are fun (and durable) for our youngest readers. Will post on FB and Twitter.

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