Matzah Ball: A Passover Story

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Aaron can't pass up a chance to attend an Orioles game at Camden Yards, even though it's during Passover and he'll have to bring special food

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PreSchool-Grade 3-Blending baseball and Passover facts, this contemporary, fast-paced story demonstrates that "It's not always easy being Jewish, but sometimes it can lead to miracles." Aaron's happiness at going with his friends to see the Baltimore Orioles is tempered by his mother's reminder that it is Passover and that he can't eat pretzels, crackerjacks, or ice cream. His non-Jewish friends eagerly devour his special lunch, which he refuses to eat. Aaron dislikes being different, especially when the others make one last trip to the concession stands. Surprised when an elderly man (could it be Elijah?) sits down beside him, Aaron listens to the man's memories of Jewish baseball fans going to games at Ebbets Field and receives a special piece of matzah that miraculously helps him catch a home-run ball hit into the bleachers. Bold, detailed watercolors perfectly complement the text's realistic language and emotions. Similar in theme to Barbara Cohen's Make a Wish, Molly (Doubleday, 1994), this will be a hit with sports lovers and anyone seeking an added dimension to a holiday story.
Bonnie Siegel, Westacres Public Library, West Bloomfield, MI
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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