It’s Mimouna the Moroccan Jewish holiday that marks the end of Passover, and when blessings are given for a year of prosperity and good luck. Miriam wants to help her mother make the sweet moufleta pancakes they always eat at their Mimouna party, but after not eating doughy treats for the week of Passover, they don’t have any flour in the house! So, Miriam’s mother takes her to visit their Muslim neighbors, who share their flour. The women drink tea together, and Miriam makes friends with a young girl named Jasmine. Miriam almost drops the bag of flour when she and Jasmine go to fetch it from the storeroom but luckily Jasmine is there to catch it! Jasmine and her family then join Miriam’s family and friends to celebrate Mimouna.This sweet story of friendship and shared customs will introduce North American readers to the Mimouna holiday. The book concludes with an author’s note and a recipe for making moufleta, the sweet, paper-thin pancakes featured in the story, so that readers can enjoy, too.
About the Author
Allison Ofanansky was born in the US and moved to Israel in 1996, where she lives in the village of Kaditah with her husband, Shmuel, and daughter, Aravah. She has previously written the Nature in Israel and How It’s Made series, and The Patchwork Torah, illustrated by Elsa Oriol, which won the National Jewish Book Award. She works as an editor/translator and volunteers with various organizations working on behalf of community, ecology, social justice and women’s issues.
Rotem Teplow lives and works in Israel. She graduated from Shenkar College of Design in 2016. Her recent books include The Eternal Soldier, written by Allison Crotzer Kimmel, and Two Bears: An Epic Journey of Hope, written by Patricia Hegarty. She also does illustration work for newspapers and magazines.
What People are Saying About This
Praise for author Allison Ofanansky and illustrator Rotem Teplow for A Sweet Meeting on Mimouna Night:“Mimouna commemorates the new season’s sweetness within the cycle of the Jewish year, and the cross-cultural exchange mirrored in the friendship between two girls. … highly recommended.” Jewish Book Council“Families unfamiliar with Mimouna will welcome the discovery. … A festive holiday celebration.” Kirkus Reviews“[A] good addition to a library collection where children can learn about other holidays and cultures.” CM Review of Materials“This introduction to an important holiday and sharing will be a welcome addition to many collections.” School Library Journal“[A Sweet Meeting on Mimouna Night] does an excellent job of showing the interconnectedness of kind neighbors to one another.” A Fuse #8 Production Blog
This delightful story introduces the reader to a new community as well as a new holiday … The author and illustrator subtly pack large amounts of information into a gentle story.” Association of Jewish Libraries
Praise for author Allison Ofanansky and illustrator Elsa Oriol for The Patchwork Torah:“Surprisingly inventive and genuinely uplifting, this story beautifully and subtly ties together two key Jewish precepts: l'dor v'dor (generation to generation) and tikkum olam (repair the world).” Publishers Weekly“Readers may close the cover thinking that a picture book ― like a Torah scroll ― can be essential.” Kirkus ReviewsPraise for Eliyahu Alpern for How It’s Made: Hanukkah Menorah by Allison Ofanansky, photographs by Eliyahu Alpern:“This informative and engaging book is highly recommended for all ages as the explanations are simple enough to be understood by preschool listeners, although the content has substance and will interest older readers as well.” Jewish Book Council