Matzo ball moon

by Newman, Lesléa.

Format: Print Book 1998
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Jefferson Hills Public Library Easy Fiction EF NEW
Location  Jefferson Hills Public Library
Collection  Easy Fiction
Call Number  EF NEW
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Holiday j Ea NEWMAN
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Holiday
Call Number  j Ea NEWMAN
Eleanor's grandmother, Bubbe, makes chicken soup with matzo balls every Passover, and this year is no exception. With Eleanor's help, Bubbe makes some of the lumpiest, bumpiest, yummiest-looking matzo balls Eleanor has ever seen. These matzo balls are so delicious that no one in Eleanor's family can resist sneaking a taste, each thinking one or two matzo balls will never be missed. But when it comes time to serve the soup at the Passover meal, there aren't enough matzo balls for everyone-until Eleanor find one last matzo ball in a very unexpected place! Expressive, cheerful illustrations complement this warm story of a family's celebration of the Passover holiday and their rediscovery of its true meaning.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 4-8. As she does every year, Bubbe, Eleanor's grandmother, comes to celebrate Passover with young Eleanor and her family. And as usual, Bubbe and Eleanor make matzo balls together. Hot out of the pot, the matzo balls smell so inviting that each family member eats one immediately, then sneaks another. When it's time to serve the matzo ball soup at dinner, there aren't enough matzo balls to go around. All eagerly offer to share, but Bubbe insists on doing without a matzo ball for her soup. Later, as Eleanor opens the door to welcome the prophet Elijah to the seder, she spies the full moon and declares it to be Bubbe's own "big, lumpy, yummy-looking matzo ball." Greenstein's gouache paintings are enlivened with details--the patterns on the home furnishings, mixing bowls, and aprons; the vari-shaped cookies beckoning from the kitchen counter; the many travel stickers affixed to Bubbe's luggage--that soften the otherwise stiff, one-dimensional visuals. A brief identification of Passover foods and traditions concludes a warm story of intergenerational sharing of holiday preparations within a loving family. (Reviewed April 1, 1998)039571530XEllen Mandel"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "For Eleanor and her family, the highlight of Passover is having Bubbe come and make her fabulous matzo ball soup. This year the recipe turns out so well that no one can enter the kitchen without sneaking a matzo ball from the pan‘and there are so many trips to the kitchen that Bubbe falls short one matzo ball when it's time for the seder. "Eat up, all of you," she says, serving matzo balls to everyone else. "As long as my family enjoys, I enjoy." Newman (Too Far Away to Touch) captures the easy affection and love of happy families, and if Bubbe says the expected, she is also credible and has some chutzpah. The cheerfully naïve style of Greenstein's (While the Candles Burn: Eight Stories for Hanukkah) painted monoprints intensifies the mood of sunny domesticity. Colors are both vivid and slightly warmed, giving the palette a comfortably well-worn look, and compositions gracefully incorporate casually festive patterns. While the art is consistently inviting, the text gets a little too sweet at the end. Eleanor, gazing at a full moon, sees it as a "big, bumpy, lumpy, yummy-looking matzo ball," and offers the metaphor up to a delighted Bubbe. The moral: when the moon in the sky is a big matzo ball, that's amore. Ages 5-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Grandmothers -- Fiction.
Matzos -- Fiction.
Passover -- Fiction.
Seder -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Clarion Books,1998
Contributors Greenstein, Elaine.
Language English
Description 32 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 039571530X
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