The Matzo Ball Boy

The Matzo Ball Boy


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On the morning of the Passover seder, a lonely bubbe decides to make a matzo ball boy to keep her company. Soon delicious smells waft from the bubbling pot, and when she lifts the lid to see if the matzo ball boy is done, out he jumps. “Oy!” she cries. “And where do you think you’re going?” “I’m off to see the world, bubbe,” he replies. Before long, a yenta and her children, a rabbi, and a fox are all on a mad chase to catch the matzo ball boy!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142407691
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/01/2007
Series: Picture Puffin Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 745,706
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Lisa Shulman lives in Sebastopol, California. Rosanne Litzinger lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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A delightful fractured version of The Gingerbread Boy. . .(Booklist)

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The Matzo Ball Boy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ckarmstr1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is a Jewish take on the story of the gingerbread man. An old Jewish woman is lonely on her seder, so she makes a Matzo ball boy to keep her company. To her surprise, the boy comes to life. The woman chases him around town. Other members of the community follow her in her chase. A man finds him in the forest and invites him inside so that he won't be lonely for the seder celebration. The man lures the boy to the fireplace, causing him to feel drowsy. Tasting the soup, the boy falls in and is eaten. The author uses a variety of Jewish words, and she defines them within the text. This book gives a different outlook on a Jewish custom. I think she gives a lot of culture while keeping the book fun. I would definitely read this to second graders to give them a new perspective on a different culture.
NataliaLucia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personal Response: I enjoyed this version of the Gingerbread boy. I also liked the inclusion of Yiddish words.Curricular Connnections: This book could be read to Kindergarden class during Passover. Students could talk about the types of food they eat during holidays.
corydickason on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute. A good way to introduce children to Passover customs through a well-known story. Serve with Matzo Ball Soup for best results.
jkessluk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An odd Jewish tale where an old woman makes a matzo ball boy to keep her company. This is similar to the gingerbread boy story. The boy runs away from the grandmother but ends up in this couples house who seam to be missing something for their soup. There is good use of Yiddish words, which adds to introducing children to Passover. The illustrations for the story do a good job displaying an art form for the Jewish culture as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One day, the author, Lisa Shulman (author and a former classroom teacher), was making soup while her daughters read the Gingerbrad Man story. OY! BING! Inspiration. The Matzo Ball Boy was born. With lovely deep reds and oranges, chicken soup yellows, and forest greens, we read the story of a childless bube, who is preparing for a lonely Passover meal. A shanda. When, oy, her matzo ball comes alive. Boy, Shmoy he tells her. He is a man, and off to make his way in the world and not in a soup bowl. He runs and she gives chase. As does the tailor, the rabbi, the yenta, and a wolf that is not as smart as he thought. In the forest, the matzo ball boy gets tired and hungry, when he meets up with a poor man who isn't interested in giving chase. Let all who are hungry come and MEET, so the boy comes to the poor man's cottage. When the matzo ball boy leans over to check out the poor family's soup...... This humorous tale is a must have for your seder table or bookcase. Includes not a 'glass tea' but something better, a glossary of 14 Jewish words. SPOILER.. SPOILER Was he pushed? Did he fall? Or maybe he saw this poor family and knew it was a mitvah to make their Hag a good one?