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Matzo Frogs
     

Matzo Frogs

by Sally Rosenthal, David Sheldon (Illustrator)
 
When kindhearted Minnie spills the matzo ball soup she is making for Shabbat dinner, the frogs who live in a nearby pond spring into action. They decide to save Minnie's Shabbat by making a new pot of soup while she is out—a mitzvah from one neighbor to another. Together, the frogs work through the recipe, meeting every challenge with an amphibian solution:

Overview

When kindhearted Minnie spills the matzo ball soup she is making for Shabbat dinner, the frogs who live in a nearby pond spring into action. They decide to save Minnie's Shabbat by making a new pot of soup while she is out—a mitzvah from one neighbor to another. Together, the frogs work through the recipe, meeting every challenge with an amphibian solution: chopping carrots by playing leapfrog, using a long, sticky tongue to pull a cookbook off a shelf, and giving each other a helping hop wherever they can.

With creativity and froggy flair, the cold-water chefs make the soup and save Minnie's dinner. Warm and whimsical, Matzo Frogs conveys an enduring message about the importance of mitzvot, community, and teamwork.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/18/2014
In this humorous tale, children learn from an unusual source the meaning of doing a mitzvah, an act of kindness, and the concept of one mitzvah leading to another. When Minnie Feinsilver spills the matzo ball soup she is making for her Shabbat dinner guests, she is distraught because knows she won't have time to cook another batch. A promise to visit a friend will keep her busy all afternoon, so her neighbors, a colony of helpful and lovable frogs, leap in to save the day. Working as a team, Sol Frog, an artist with an adorable beret, and his frog friends, who are "not just any frogs. Jewish frogs" (among them a fashionista and bubbe), find the recipe and use their myriad froggy talents to recreate Minnie's Shabbat soup. Parents can laugh along with their children at the imaginative story by Rosenthal, a debut author and documentary film producer. Sheldon's (Into the Deep) droll and clever images of frogs hopping to the rescue seamlessly complement the text. Ages 4–8. Illustrator's agent: Ronnie Ann Herman, Herman Agency. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-10
Amphibian neighbors come to Minnie’s rescue when she accidentally spills all the matzo-ball soup she has prepared for Shabbat dinner and doesn’t have time to prepare more before sundown.Sol Frog, Mel Frog, Gilda Frog, Golda Frog, Dinah Frog and Barney Frog reside in a pond by Minnie’s house, and like the elves in the classic Grimms’ fairy tale “The Elves and the Shoemaker,” they decide to help the kindhearted woman while she is out helping a bedridden friend. With much fervor, jumping around and catapulting of ingredients into the soup pot, a fresh and tasty soup is prepared and ready when Minnie returns—a welcome surprise for her and her Shabbat guests. The lush greens of the anthropomorphic, bulging-eyed cartoon-style frogs dominate the palette and create a rollicking atmosphere for this celebration of the performance of mitzvoth. Kindness begets kindness, and “one mitzvah leads to another” as Jewish neighbors help one another in various ways. The story’s amusing arc with its altruistic message culminates with a sculpted matzo-ball frog left as a floating clue in the soup, prompting one more mitzvah in grateful acknowledgment.A Jewish audience will appreciate the overall significance of the concept and context; Gentiles will get a kick out of the kind frogs. (Picture book. 4-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588383020
Publisher:
NewSouth, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2014
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Sally Rosenthal is an Emmy Award—winning documentary film producer. She received a B.A. in creative writing from Dartmouth College and has spent the past 18 years working on historical documentaries about Broadway musicals, atomic scientists, American comedy, JFK, Chevrolet, and comic-book superheroes. She lives in New York City, which needs more frogs. This is her first book.

David Sheldon began working professionally as an illustrator at age 12, when he illustrated the joke page for a national union magazine (his father was the editor). He continued with that job all the way through college. Since then, Sheldon has gone on to illustrate for numerous magazines, books, and other projects. He has illustrated over 80 books for children.

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