Passover at Bubbe's

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Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Well-meaning puppet tale might confuse younger kids.
  • NR
  • 1998
  • 29 minutes

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Educational Value

Tells the origin story behind the Jewish holiday of Passover.

Positive Messages

Faith, loyalty. Stand up for yourself and your people in the face of great danger.

Violence & Scariness

A man is knocked in the face with a door; puppet slaves are whipped. Some references to lamb's blood and the smearing of it on the door.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mentions wine consumed as part of religious observance.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Passover at Bubbe's is a live-action educational puppet show that reenacts the story of the Jewish holiday of Passover. The puppets are transported to Egypt, where they learn of the suffering of the Jewish people under the Pharaoh and their subsequent escape with Moses to freedom. In the service of the story, there's some mild violence when the slaves are whipped and some references to lamb's blood and the smearing of it on the door. Though the story aims to be educational, it takes some time to explain the story and isn't always clear, so it's best as a companion piece for kids who likely already know the reason for the holiday. 

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What's the story?

It's Passover at Bubbe's house, and as the preparation gets underway, a magical book transports the puppets to Egypt to learn the true story of the holiday and how God unleashed the plagues on the Pharaoh and spared the Jews so Moses could lead them to freedom.

Is it any good?

PASSOVER AT BUBBE'S is a short educational film that outlines the story of Passover, but it takes a little while to get going. And for very young kids or children outside the Jewish faith, some terms are defined while others are not, and many are not made clear. Then the story jumps to the biblical tale of Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt, where there is no context given for descriptions of lamb's blood smeared on doorways or God smiting Egypt with a series of plagues. 

Without having already been immersed in the story, the whipping of slaves, blood, and the evil Pharaoh may make little sense, which makes this movie best for kids who are already familiar with Passover.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Passover. Is the story in Passover at Bubbe's the same story you were told growing up? If not, how is it different?

  • What do you do to celebrate Passover in your house? 

  • Have you ever had to stand up for something that was difficult? What was it? What happened?

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For kids who love holidays and Bible tales

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