The Matzah Man: A Passover Story by Naomi Howland


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Back of Book:


In this lively adaptation of “The Gingerbread Boy,” a bold little man made of matzah jumps out of the baker’s oven and leads him and everyone in the neighborhood—all of whom are preparing for Passover—on a merry chase. With colossal chutzpah, the Matzah Man taunts Cousin Tillie as she is cooking brisket, Auntie Bertha trying on her new spring shoes, and Grandpapa Solly making gefilte fish. He at last arrives on the doorstep of clever Mendel Fox, who offers him a hiding place under the Passover matzah cover—and when the seder meal begins, that’s the end of the Matzah Man!


My Review:


Anytime I can combine cultural lessons with stories that my students are already familiar with I do. I enjoy reading The Matzah Man near the end of Passover. It is a fun story that still captures the traditions of Passover. The text in this story is easy to follow and tells the story of the Matzah Man running away. The illustrations are well drawn and show the details of a Passover dinner. I love that there is a glossary in the back that has the definitions of the terms used in the story. In my opinion this story is a needed addition to any Passover Unit.


Ages 5 and up


32 Pages



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