"The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah" by Leslie Kimmelman is the classic little red hen story with a twist. This is a Jewish hen, who is baking not a loaf of bread - but a flat round and crunchy piece of matzah.
The best part of the book to me was the end. While in the traditional story, the animals who decided to be lazy were just out of luck, in this version there is room for redemption and change. The Little Red Hen gets a chance to forgive, and the animals get a chance to in some small way make up for their unkindness by doing all the Seder dishes.
Book for Children Ages: 2 - 5 years old
Recommended for Family Reading: Yes
Related Discussion Topics: Forgiveness, helping each other, working hard, Passover preparations.
- Make Passover matzah from the recipe at the back of the book.
- Work together to clean up the house.
- Host or learn about a Seder meal.
Cultural Diversity: For Jewish families, this Passover story for kids will resonate instantly. For non-Jewish families, it is a chance to share some new cultural expressions and celebrations with your children.
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars