Tuesday Tales – The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah

Have you ever heard of the PJ Library? I have written about it before, but it really is an amazing program available in some areas of the country.

PJ Library Book

Basically, Jewish families within the area with children can sign them up to receive a new book, music CD, or other item each month. Our boys are lucky and have been getting PJ Library items for several years now. As an educator, I love seeing all of the new books and authors that I have never experienced before. As a Jewish mother, I adore reading about holidays, people, and places that mean a lot to our religion. To see if your community participates, head over to the PJ Library website.

With Passover coming right around the corner, JSL received a new to him book.

 The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah

Holiday House Books — ISBN: 9780823423279 — Paperback Picture Book $6.95

The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah is a great picture book for families to read together. The book takes a cute spin on a familiar tale. We meet the Little Red Hen as she begins to think about Passover. She knows that soon she will need to make matzah, which will mean planting wheat.

Time to prepare for Passover

Adults and older children will quickly notice the attention to detail that author Leslie Gimmelman includes in the book. The Little Red Hen often uses Yiddish as she kvetches about the chutzpah that her friends who keep denying her assistance as she asks. Over and over, we see how The Little Red Hen keeps working toward her matzah making goal to get done in time for the Passover Seder. Her friends refusing to assist does not stop her from pushing forward.

Matzah making time

When JSL and I were reading he adored the illustrations from Paul Meisel. Meisel’s art helps to further bring The Little Red Hen’s Passover tale alive. We can see how hard she works to make the matzah in the 18 minutes and then set her beautiful Seder table.

Seder preparations done

Of course, when you read the story you will see how The Little Red Hen becomes a mensch. Children of all ages can see how perfectly this word matches her actions given the story.

I highly recommend this book for all children and families to learn about Passover. The Little Red Hen gives some great details in a fun story that is perfect for readers of all ages.

Are you a member of the PJ Library? I would love to hear about books that you have received from them. As always, please share what you have read recently. Be sure to link up to your book posts in the comments below. Include something you read on your own, with a child, or someone else. Tuesday Tales are all about spreading the love for books.

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Disclosure: My son received this book as a member of the PJ Library. Membership in our area is free and we are never expected to review/write about this, I simply wanted to share a great book. An Amazon Affiliate link is included in this post for the book mentioned. I will receive a percentage of money for the sale should you opt to buy the book through that link.

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  • Aubrey says:

    I wish I could enroll our family so that we could learn more about a different religion and traditions than our own. We do have a local chapter. That book looks like a lot of fun. Madilynn loves to read anything. She currently gets books from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. It sends her a free book every month until her 5th birthday. Lots of great reading there too. I love that my kids love books as much as I do.


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