A Sweet Passover

A Sweet Passover

by Leslea Newman, David Slonim
     
 

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In this charming and humorous story, Miriam discovers—with the help of her family and a little matzah bread—the true meaning and importance of Passover. Miriam loves spending time with her family during Passover, and all week long she is happy to eat lots of matzah. But when she wakes up on the last day of the holiday, she is sick of matzah and refuses

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In this charming and humorous story, Miriam discovers—with the help of her family and a little matzah bread—the true meaning and importance of Passover. Miriam loves spending time with her family during Passover, and all week long she is happy to eat lots of matzah. But when she wakes up on the last day of the holiday, she is sick of matzah and refuses to eat it ever again. Then Grandpa makes his special matzah brei for the whole family, and Miriam learns there’s more to Passover than just the matzah.

Award-winning illustrator David Slonim brings to life this story by celebrated author Lesléa Newman. The book includes a recipe for matzah brei, a brief summary of the Passover holiday, and a glossary of terms.

Praise for A Sweet Passover
“Deliciously traditional.”
Kirkus Reviews

Awards
Sydney Taylor Book Award - Notable book, Younger Readers Category, 2013
 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this colorful Passover story, Miriam spends the holiday at her grandma and grandpa’s house. There, together with her parents and aunts and uncles, Miriam takes part in the Passover seder, complete with candle lighting, asking the Four Questions, and looking for the afikomen, the hidden matzo. Most of all, though, she savors the chance to eat matzo for eight days and nights. But when, after seven days of matzo with butter, matzo with jam, and nearly every other combination of matzo with something, Miriam feels sick and refuses any more of the unleavened bread. Grandpa must then use his special touch to salvage Miriam’s love of matzo. Bright illustrations and a number of cute touches, like Miriam’s matzo bedspread, her loyal dog who mimics her actions and feelings, and a recipe for Grandpa’s matzo brei, round out an enjoyable holiday tale. Ages 4�8. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
A week of eating matzah has one little girl ready to swear off the bland, unleavened cracker for good, until a sweet, time-honored staple slowly changes her mind. Miriam observes Passover with parents, grandparents, aunt and uncle each consecutive day with different foods added to her matzah. She happily eats her unleavened bread with butter, jelly, tuna salad, egg salad, cream cheese, cottage cheese, almond and apple butter and jam. But after eating plain matzah, egg matzah, whole-wheat matzah and chocolate-covered matzah, Miriam awakens on the eighth day of the holiday completely "sick, sick, sick of matzah" and refuses to eat another bite. Perplexed and amused, Grandpa entices Miriam with the prospect of a breakfast of Passover French toast, otherwise known as matzah brei, a pancake-type creation from pieces of matzah soaked in egg and milk, pan-fried in butter and topped with sugar, cinnamon or maple syrup. Large amiable cartoon characters drawn in acrylic and charcoal portray a loving and cheerful family. They recount the Passover saga through Newman's dialogue-driven text, into which she subtly weaves some interpretive messages for today. "Matzah goes with everything," says Grandpa. "And that reminds us that we should get along with everyone, too." Convinced Miriam completes the holiday with the sweetened meal she cooked with her culinary savvy Grandpa. Deliciously traditional. (recipe, author's note) (Picture book/religion. 5-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810997370
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
916,176
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Lesléa Newman is the author of more than 50 books for adults and children, including The Eight Nights of Chanukah. She lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts. David Slonim has written and illustrated many children’s books. He lives in Anderson, Indiana.

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