This is a charming picture book whose story is filled with age-appropriate humor about little Miriam, who loves everything about spending Passover with her extended family except for one thing — too much matzah. For seven days she happily eats matzah with all kinds of toppings and additions but on the last day she wakes up totally tired of matzah and promises never to eat it again, or indeed even to get out of bed to join her family for breakfast. Her grandfather humors her with matzah brei while her family simultaneously explains why eating the plainest food — matzah — in freedom is sweeter than the fanciest food eaten in slavery. Colorful pictures by the award-winning illustrator are whimsical and add much to the story.
A recipe for matzah brei follows, as does an Author’s Note on the history of Passover and on family customs and rituals of the holiday. An appendix follows with a Glossary of the Hebrew and Yiddish words used in the book. Recommended as a read-aloud for ages four to seven.