A classic tale gets a Jewish twist, when Little Red Hen asks her friends for help making Passover matzah.
Before she knows it, Little Red Hen tells herself, it will be time for Passover. So she decides to plant some grain. But when she asks her friends to help, they're too busy for her. "Sorry, bub," says the Horse. "Think again," barks the dog.
Oy gevalt! "Friends, shmends," she says. "I'll just do it myself."
But when the wheat is grown and harvested, when the flour is milled and the matzah baked and the Seder table set all by Red on her ownwho should come to her door but her not-so-helpful friends? Though she's tempted to turn them away, Little Red is a mensch and a mensch forgives.
Like her Haggadah says: Let all who are hungry come and eat. But who will do all these dishes?
Filled with Yiddish phrases and a healthy dose of humor, this Passover tale of hard work, friendship, and forgiveness is not to be missed. Bright cartoon illustrations add humor and detail to the story.
Backmatter includes a glossary of Yiddish phrases, an author's note about the holiday, and a recipe for making your own Passover matzah.
About the Author
Leslie Kimmelman is a former children's book and magazine editor, as well as the author of more than a dozen children's books, including The Runaway Latke and Hanukkah Lights, Hanukkah Nights. Publishers Weekly has prasied her writing as "energetic" and "highly accessible to very young children." Her current dog, Jodie is one of a long line of family dogs that have loved cool lakes, long, lazy summers, andespeciallyice cream. She lives in the New Yok City area.
Paul Meisel is the author and illustrator of See Me Run, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book, and See Me Dig, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book, and is the illustrator of many books for young people, including The Schmutzy Family by Madelyn Rosenberg, a Sydney Taylor Honor Book. He lives in Connecticut.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I highly recommend this book. The story is based on the traditional story, The Little Red Hen. However, it uses the making of the holiday matzah to teach children the customs of the Passover seder. The animals in the story refuse to help make the matzah and yet at the end, the little red hen invites them to the seder, because this is what is written in the haggadah, the book read at the holiday meal. The illustrations are very attractive and any child would enjoy this amazing book. This is the best Passover story I've ever read to my students. I hope they write more like this one!
I love this version of the little red hen! It is a gracious twist that the hen invites the other animals to eat with her, after not helping with the matzah preparations; they are contrite and help with the dishes after the meal! I may read this book in my English Language Development class, as we are currently doing a unit on where foods come from. This book is perfect for illustrating the process of planting, grinding, kneading, and baking!
I love this version of the Little Red Hen because she shares with her friends even though they didn't help her. Sometimes it's nice to be nice to people even though/especially if they haven't been nice to you.