More Than Matzah: A Passover Feast of Fun, Facts, and Activities

Deb­bie Her­man; Ann Koff­sky; Nan­cy Lane, illus.
  • Review
By – May 14, 2012
This sto­ry and activ­i­ty book begins with a fair­ly detailed 25-page account of the sto­ry of the Exo­dus illus­trat­ed by sim­ple car­toon-like draw­ings. Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion like While the Bible doesn’t give the name of the pharaoh’s daugh­ter, Bible com­men­ta­tors say it was Bithia” is includ­ed in small text box­es along with inter­est­ing Fun Facts.” The Activ­i­ty Sec­tion fea­tures craft projects rang­ing from a sim­ple Hag­gadah book cov­er to a more com­plex Seder plate and matzah hold­er. The direc­tions are clear and easy to fol­low, and the accom­pa­ny­ing illus­tra­tions are help­ful. Recipes for Sephardic and Ashke­nazi charoset, the words to Who Knows One” and Chad Gadya” and the Four Ques­tions in Eng­lish are also includ­ed. Like with Eight Lights for Eight Nights: A Hanukkah Sto­ry and Activ­i­ty Book (2003), this resource will be quite use­ful for edu­ca­tors and those who enjoy hol­i­day crafts. For ages 6 – 12.

Rachel Kamin has been a syn­a­gogue librar­i­an and Jew­ish edu­ca­tor for over twen­ty-five years and has worked at North Sub­ur­ban Syn­a­gogue Beth El in High­land Park, IL since 2008, cur­rent­ly serv­ing as the Direc­tor of Life­long Learn­ing. A past chair of the Syd­ney Tay­lor Book Award Com­mit­tee and past edi­tor of Book Reviews for Chil­dren & Teens for the Asso­ci­a­tion of Jew­ish Libraries News & Reviews, her arti­cles and book reviews appear in numer­ous pub­li­ca­tions. She has been a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Library Association’s Sophie Brody Book Award Com­mit­tee since 2021.

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