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Top Ten Classic Jewish Books for Kids

The Carp in the Bathtub  By Barbara Cohen

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I almost took this book off the list, because both text and art feel a little dated to me. But in the end I couldn’t, because however old fashioned it may be, The Carp in the Bathtub has not faded from my memory. It’s about kids who don’t understand what their parents are doing–in this case, plotting to kill a fish for Passover seder–and so try to defy them, by smuggling the fish (now named Joe) off to a neighbor’s bathtub for safekeeping. In the end, the kids don’t get their way, and I think if this book were written now, it might end differently, but that seems worth thinking about.

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