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Private Joel and the Sewell Mountain Seder

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Private Joel and the Sewell Mountain Seder
Illustrated by Shawn Costello
By Bryna J. Fireside
Kar-Ben Publishing: 2008
ISBN: 0822590506

Book Description:

For ages 9-12

With permission from their commander and matzah brought in on a train from Cincinnati, Jewish members of a Civil War regiment improvise a seder to remember. The participation of three former slaves, now members of their company, lends a special meaning to this celebration of freedom.

The Author and Artist:
Bryna J. Fireside is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers. When not writing, Bryna loves to swim and participates in an annual one-mile swim across Lake Cayuga in Ithaca, New York, to raise money for Hospicare. She's also a founding member and past-president of Congregation Tikkun v'Or, a new Ithaca synagogue.

Shawn Costello lives and paints in Maryland and Down East Maine. She received her BFA from Maryland Institute of Art and her Masters in Baltimore. She has illustrated two children's books including A Bus of Our Own (Albert Whitman Company). The illustrations from A Bus of Our Own were selected for exhibition at the 2002 Bologna Book Fair in Italy. She is a member of the Portrait Society of America and has taught workshops at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.


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