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THE LITTLE RED HEN AND THE PASSOVER MATZAH by Leslie Kimmelman

THE LITTLE RED HEN AND THE PASSOVER MATZAH

by Leslie Kimmelman, illustrated by Paul Meisel

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: March 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8234-1952-4
Publisher: Holiday House

When this Jewish Little Red Hen decides it is time to get ready for Passover, her first thought is to make the traditional matzah. Gathering a small pile of grain she kept safe from water and wind, she approaches her friends and receives the typical rude, if somewhat altered, responses. “ ‘Not I’, said Sheep. ‘Sorry, bub,’ said Horse. ‘Think again,’ said Dog.” Little Red Hen resigns herself to going it alone, but she is a classic kvetcher: “I should live so long, to see this bunch of lazy no-goodniks put in an honest day’s work.” Meisel’s accompanying cartoons, done in ink, watercolor and pastels, add exactly the right touch of humor to this holiday version of a classic folktale, which is filled with enough Yiddishisms to make every Bubbe act out the reading in old-world style. In accordance with the Passover tradition to welcome all who are hungry to the seder table, the three non-helpers are invited in—and they redeem themselves with some dishwashing, while the Little Red Hen enjoys a relaxing moment. (author’s note, recipe, glossary) (Picture book. 3-6)