This Is the Matzah


Max and his family prepare to celebrate Passover. In cumulative verse, Max and his sister Ruth shop for matzah in the Passover aisle of the grocery store. The family gathers for the traditional Seder that celebrates this holiday of freedom.
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Max and his family prepare to celebrate Passover. In cumulative verse, Max and his sister Ruth shop for matzah in the Passover aisle of the grocery store. The family gathers for the traditional Seder that celebrates this holiday of freedom.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"An acceptable choice for libraries needing supplemental books on Passover."

School Library Journal

"Chipper watercolors keep the festivities bright."

Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
Additional Passover titles include This Is the Matzah by Abby Levine, illus. by Paige Billin-Frye, latest in this duo's holiday picture-book series. As told in rhyming couplets, Max and his younger sister Ruth prepare for and celebrate Passover with their family, from shopping for matzah with Mom to asking the Four Questions to searching for the afikomen that Grandma has hidden. Chipper watercolors keep the festivities bright. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Already primed by the title for a "This Is the House That Jack Built" story, I was surprised and a bit disappointed when this book's beginning, "This is the matzah stacked in the aisle, Max reaches up to the top of the pile" was not immediately followed by another repeating stanza. However, not to worry—eventually the repetition does chime in so no one will be left hanging. The rhymes flow easily as the story and major concepts of the favorite holiday of Passover are covered, and the paintings are quite attractive and suited to this young age group. An introduction to the holiday should answer any questions children may have, and there is a full-page illustration of a Seder plate with its requisite symbols in their appointed places. To top it off, there is an original ending that foodies will enjoy: "There's matzah lasagna that's served piping hot, matzah balls bobbing inside the soup pot, matzah meal brownies and matzah for snacks—We've got lotza matzah for Pesach! says Max." 2005, Whitman, Ages 3 to 7.
—Judy Chernak
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-An addition to a series of similarly titled and formatted holiday books that feature the same children [This Is the Dreidel (2003), ...Pumpkin (1997), and ...Turkey (2000, all Albert Whitman)]. In Matzah, Max and his sister, Ruth, are shown shopping for Passover food; preparing the Seder plate; and participating in the home holiday service, during which the story of the Israelites' escape from slavery in Egypt is retold. After dinner, the children and their cousins search for the afikomen, the prophet Elijah is welcomed to the service, and the family sings together around the table. This simple introduction to a major Jewish holiday is prefaced by a full-page introduction that gives an overview of Passover, including pronunciation of several Hebrew words. A diagram of the Seder plate provides a brief note on each of the symbolic items that it holds. While the rhyme of the text is often forced, the appealing cartoon illustrations of round-faced characters will attract young readers. An acceptable choice for libraries needing supplemental books on Passover.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807578858
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD1000L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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