Welcome Purim and Passover with 4 Themed Storybooks

Nothing is better than embracing the holidays by getting lost in a good book. At Apples & Honey Press, our children’s book imprint, we have several storybooks to match the moment and mood — and our line continues to grow with new releases twice a year.

Bring in Purim and Passover with these four storybooks. To see the rest of our collection, visit our Apples & Honey Press website.

Maddie the Mitzvah Clown
By Karen Rostoker-Gruber
Illustrated by Christine Grove

While this story can be enjoyed year-round, we think it's a perfect Purim story.

Join Maddie as she discovers her confidence when she decides to become a mitzvah clown in order to bring smiles to the faces of Grandma and Grandma's friends. 

When Maddie sees Giggles the mitzvah clown perform at her Grandma s senior home, she decides to join in! She puts on a big red nose and learns how to make balloon animals, sing songs, and most importantly, bring smiles and happiness to Grandma and Grandma's friends. Along the way, Maddie learns how to overcome her shyness, too, and become a more confident and happy mouse.

Kayla and Kugel’s Almost-Perfect Passover
By Ann D. Koffsky

Kayla loves having Passover seder with her family and her dog, Kugel even though he almost spills the grape juice, makes a mess of the matzah, and takes off with the afikoman! This story touches on the highlights of the Passover seder with warmth and humor.

An author note at the end explores how Passover songs can lift our spirits and help us imagine how our great-, great-, great-, great-, great- (lots of greats) grandparents felt when they became free. Discussion prompts help children relate the ideas to their own lives.

The Passover Cowboy
By Barbara Diamond Goldin
Illustrated by Gina Capaldi

Last year, Jacob and his family had been in Russia, but this year they were in the new land of Argentina. Jacob hoped his new friend Benito would join them for the seder. Would he? Could a Passover meal here, with cowboys, chickens and horses, feel like home, too?

Sydney Taylor Award-winning author Barbara Diamond Goldin gives us a compelling peak into a remarkable chapter in Jewish history in this historically-based, fictional story about a family integrating into the community of Argentina in the late 1800s. Gina Capaldi brings it to life with spectacular and painterly artwork.

How It’s Made: Matzah
By Allison Ofanansky
Photography by Eliyahu Alpern

Meet the people who make matzah by hand or in factories and see how they keep to the strict 18-minute time limit, mirroring the Israelites race against time over 2,000 years ago! Find out how making matzah is more than just mixing flour and water it shows us the value of working together! 

Bake your own matzah, decorate an Elijah s cup and grow your own greens. Watch it all unfold with more than 100 stunning photos that reveal a fascinating world behind the scenes.

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